FIX: Windows 11 Start Menu or Taskbar missing or unresponsive. –

Microsoft customers recently reported that Windows 11 Start Menu and Taskbar icons are missing or unresponsive. This issue is caused by the latest 22000.176 released in Beta Channel and Dev Channel. This means that the Start Menu, Quick Settings, and Notification Tray may not work.

Microsoft updated its official blog to acknowledge the “Start Menu Not Working” and “Taskbar Not Responding” issues and canceled the server-side installation for Insiders. This means that anyone who has downloaded the latest updates should not be affected. However, more users are reporting the problem on blogs and forums.

The following guide contains instructions for troubleshooting the Start menu and taskbar in Windows 11. (Start menu not working, Taskbar missing or unresponsive, etc.).

How to Fix: Start Menu or Taskbar Issues in Windows 11

  1. Delete the IrisService registry key.
  2. Install the latest Windows updates.
  3. Restart the Windows Explorer process.
  4. Change the date and time settings.
  5. Reinstall the display drivers.

Method 1: Fix missing taskbar and Start menu by disabling Iris service.

Microsoft’s official way to solve the “Taskbar is missing” and “Start menu not working” problems in Windows 11 is to delete the Iris service registry key from the command line. For this:

1. press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, and select Task manager

2. Click to expand Task Manager More


3. Click on File menu and select Complete a new task

FIX: Windows 11 Start Menu or Taskbar missing or unresponsive.

4. Type cmd click on the open box and click OK.


5. Paste the following text into the command line and then click Enter

  • reg shutdown HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\IrisService /f && shutdown -r -t 0
FIX: Windows 11 Start menu and taskbar missing

6. After pressing Enter, you will have your PC restart automatically.

7. When you log on to the computer, the taskbar icons are visible and responsive.

Method 2: Fix missing Start Menu in Windows 11 by installing updates

In some cases, installing the latest Windows updates can also fix problems with the Start menu and taskbar in Windows 11. So, keep checking for pending updates, download and install all of them.

1. Press the button on your keyboard Windows key clip_image009[4] + i To open the Settings app.

2. Choose Windows update from the left panel


3. press Check for updates. The computer will take some time to check for pending updates. If Windows updates are available, you will be prompted to install them. Choose Download and install


4. When the download is complete, Restart your personal computer. This applies the changes to the computer and in some cases fixes the missing icons on the taskbar.

Method 3: Resolve Start Menu and Taskbar issues by restarting Windows Explorer.

Restarting the Windows Explorer process can bring back the missing taskbar icons on your computer.

1. press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and open Task manager

2. Find and right click enabled Windows Explorerthen select Restart.


3. This will restart the Windows Explorer process and solve the problem with the missing icons on the taskbar. Please note that this method is a temporary solution to the problem and it may reoccur later.

Method 4: Fix missing taskbar in Windows 11 by setting correct date and time.

This method sounds a little strange, but many users have reported that adjusting the date and time on their PC has solved this problem. Although we can’t confirm this claim, it’s worth a try.

1. press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Task manager

2. press File and choose Complete a new task


4. Type management click on the open box and click OK To open the control panel.


5. It’s open Time and region.


6. press Date and time


7. Above Date and time tab:

7a. Check if the date and time are correct. If not, select it Change date and time and configure them.


7b. Then check the time zone and click if it is incorrect Change the time zone and set your time zone.


7c. Choose Please applyand press OK to apply changes and close date and time settings.
8. Restart go to your computer and check if the Start Menu – Taskbar icon problem is solved.

Method 5. Remove display drivers.

The last way to fix “Missing Taskbar and Start Menu” in Windows 11 is to remove and reinstall the display drivers.

1. press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Task manager

2. press File and choose Complete a new task.

3. Enter in the open field devmgmt.msc and press OK.


4. Expansion Display adapters
4a. Right click on your display adapter and select Turn off the device.

FIX: Windows 11 Start menu and taskbar missing or unresponsive issues.

5. selectTry uninstalling the driver for this device” and click Delete.


6. After deletion, restart Computer.
7. Go to the Windows Update Center and check for and install updates.
8. After the update, check in Device Manager to see if Windows automatically installed the driver for the display adapter. If not, download and install the display driver from the manufacturer’s support site.

That’s it! Let me know if this guide helped you by leaving a comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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