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Windows 11 Taskbar Not Working Fix 2021: How To Solve Freezing

Is your Windows 11 Taskbar freezing and unresponsive due to the latest update? Here's how to fix it (workaround).

Is your Windows 11 Taskbar not working and crashing constantly? Unfortunately, this issue is plaguing a lot of users. They are reporting that the taskbar won’t respond and the start menu, explorer.exe and windows settings seem to be affected too. This is most likely due to the Windows 11 22000.176 or 22449 Builds that users have installed. If the taskbar is freezing on your computer as well, here’s how to fix it.

How to Fix Windows 11 Taskbar Not Working 2021

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Before jumping into the fix, keep in mind that you need to use Command prompt for this on your PC with Windows 11. Also remember that when you reach the end of this process, your PC will restart so make sure you are doing it at a time when you are okay with the restart.

Follow these steps to fix the Windows 11 Taskbar freezing and not responding issue:

  1. Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del on your keyboard.
  2. Click on More Details at the bottom left of the window.
  3. Click on File > Run New Task.
  4. Then, in the section next to Open, type CMD and click on OK.
  5. Next, type: Regedit in the Command Prompt.
  6. Then click until you reach this location:
    • Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\IrisService
  7. Then run the CMD command:
    • reg delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\IrisService /f && shutdown -r -t 0

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What this does is it will delete the registry keys. Don’t worry, it is safe to do so. Once you boot up your PC again, the Taskbar should function smoothly and without any freezing or crashing issues.

Windows 11 Taskbar freezing not responsive

How to Uninstall Windows 11 Update

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In case this does not work for you and you want to remove this update completely, you can follow the steps given below:

  • Open your Control Panel.
  • Find Programs > Programs & Features.
  • Select View Installed Updates.
  • Choose Update for Microsoft Windows (KB5006050)
  • Click on Uninstall and restart your PC.

That’s all about the Windows 11 Taskbar Not Working fix. Don’t forget to check out our Windows 11 system requirements, TPM and gaming guide too.