Windows 10 Task Bar Partially or Completely Non-Functional

On one of my older computers recently updated to Windows 10, suddenly only a few icons would appear in the task bar (specifically the Start menu, Cortana, Task View, and New Notifications). None of them was functional, however I could still right click on the task bar to bring up Task Manager. Apparently this is a common issue that seems to be related to Cortana. Most online solutions suggested either removing search functionality totally or using the powershell to run the following:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

None of this worked for me. A surprisingly simple and non-intuitive solution completely solved the problem for me. Taken directly from Windows Central Forum user Raheem Baker do the following:

1. Go to the desktop, right click anywhere, hover your mouse over new and then click shortcut
2. When you are making a shortcut it will ask you to type a location. type in “msconfig”, click next and then it will ask you what you want to name the shortcut name it anything you want its not imprtant.
3 . A shortcut for msconfig will show up double click it and click on the boot tab at the top. once in the boot tab enable safeboot and the click network underneath it and then click apply then OK it will ask if you want to restart you should restart it
4. Once it is restarted you should go to ms config again and then turn off safe boot and the apply and restart again and hopefully once you have done that things should return to normal

For me at least, problem completely and permanently solved.

 

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