Fix Windows Taskbar and Start Menu not Responding on Clicks


Isn’t the Windows taskbar and the start menu responding on clicks? It can be very annoying. But, This article will explain how to fix this problem.

Right after releasing the Windows 10 in 2015, Users were encountering Windows taskbar and start menu not responding problem. But, It seems, This problem has returned again in 2019. Personally, I was encountering this problem last month. But, Fortunately, There were some solutions to resolve this problem. And one of them has fixed that for me. Hopefully, These will work for you too.

There might be some reasons that work behind this type of problem. I will explain them with the solutions.

How to Fix Windows Taskbar and Start Menu not Responding on Clicks

When there is something wrong happens on Windows explorer or any other important components, the taskbar and start button won’t respond on your clicks. However, This error can be solved by following these ways.

1. Restart Windows Explorer – Quick Solution

It is not a permanent solution. But, It will work when you need a quick fix for this problem. As the problem is mostly related to the Windows explorer, restarting this service will reset it and also fix its related errors like the irresponsive taskbar and start menu. However, here are the instructions to restart Windows Explorer.

Restart Windows Explorer

  • At first, you will have to access the Windows Task Manager. To do it, you will have to press CTRL + ALT + DEL. Then, select the Task Manager.
  • Now, In the details view mode, find the service named “Windows Explorer.”
  • Then, Right-click on it and choose restart. Windows will Flickr and restart the Windows Explorer.

It will fix taskbar and start menu not responding issue.

2. Restart Computer – Another Quick Solution

Sometimes, A simple restart can permanently fix this problem. Also, It can be a quick solution. However, If the problem keeps repeating frequently even after restarting Windows, follow the next methods.

3. Update Drivers Especially Graphics Card

driver booster outdated drivers

The problem can also be caused by a driver problem. In this case, Your faulty/outdated graphics driver can be the culprit. But, As you are not sure which driver is problematic, I suggest you update them all. It may fix taskbar and start menu not responding on click problem. To update, automatically and easily, you can use Driver Booster or Driver Easy. However, You also can update the drivers manually.

4. Update Windows

It can be a known issue to Microsoft. They may release a fix with Windows update. So, You should also check for the latest Windows 10 update to solve this problem.

5. PowerShell Commands

If the problem still exists, you will need to follow this special method to fix windows taskbar and start menu not responding issue. However, here are the instructions.

  • As the start menu and taskbar isn’t responding on your click, you will have to open PowerShell in a different way. You can open the PowerShell as an administrator in the safe mode. PowerShell can be found when you press Win + X. Then, Choose “Windows PowerShell (Admin).”
  • Now, In the PowerShell, run the following command.
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  • After that, Go to C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local and delete the TileDataLayer folder.
  • Now, Again run the following commands.
Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -online

Hopefully, It will fix taskbar not responding problem.

6. Repair Corrupted System Files

Another cool solution for this error is repairing faulty system files. When some important components of Windows get corrupted, many weird problems appear. In this case, you will have to take steps to repair corrupted system files.

7. System Restore/Create New User

Still getting this problem? Perform a system restore. You should restore to a date when you were not facing this irresponsive taskbar and start button issue. However, If this trick fails, you can create a new admin user account on your PC from settings and login into that. Hopefully, you won’t face the problem there again. If it solves taskbar and start menu not responding, delete the old user account.

To create a user account, you will have to follow these things.

  • At first, Press Win + I to open the windows 10 settings.
  • Now, Navigate to Accounts > Email & Accounts.

There you will get the relevant options to create a new account.

By following the above methods, you can troubleshoot Windows 10 taskbar and start menu not responding on clicks. There might be other effective ways. If you know one, let everyone know in the comment box.

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Hasibul Kabir is the founder of TechClassy. He is a Tech Blogger, Web Developer & Hobbyist Game Developer. He loves to write on technology, mainly Windows, macOS, iOS, etc.


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