Windows 10: Start button + Windows Taskbar Icons Not working on ALL ACCOUNTS

Discus and support Start button + Windows Taskbar Icons Not working on ALL ACCOUNTS in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hello, I have quite a doozer for anyone willing to help me out... I consider myself very tech savvy but I'm out of ideas. I am getting the classic... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Yoshi8765, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. Yoshi8765 Win User

    Start button + Windows Taskbar Icons Not working on ALL ACCOUNTS


    Hello, I have quite a doozer for anyone willing to help me out... I consider myself very tech savvy but I'm out of ideas.

    I am getting the classic issue of not being able to use the start button and windows taskbar icons.

    Symptom: Clicking start icon (or pressing windows key) does nothing. Taskbar windows icons (ex: time, wifi, battery, sound) does nothing. Right-clicking on these icons work.

    While the right-clicking works, this is insanely annoying. I have to open every program using a search program (Ex: Everything), and logging off/shut down/etc requires using ctrl+alt+del to access the button. This is slowly driving me mad.

    Preface (Yes there's a preface!): In original account A (administrator account), the search wasn't working. So I made a new account (Account B) after giving up and moved all my files there, including files in AppData. Stated symptoms did not exist then.
    A day ago, suddenly, the symptoms started. I have no idea why. I searched many forums for possible solutions and tried most of the common ones:

    1. sfc /scannow -> Nothing found
    2. Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth -> Successfully run but didn't change anything
    3. Powershell: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"} -> Did not change anything

    At this point I activated the original "Administrator" account that all win10 installs come with and tried that.... to be surprised Start menu+taskbar icons don't work there either!
    I thought about making another administrator account as a test. I went to settings where I make a new account... except that clicking "Add someone else to this PC" doesn't do anything..... similar to how clicking the windows button doesn't do anything... hmmmm.... I had to make it by accessing the local group settings and manually making a new user under the Administrators group. The test account still has the symptom.

    I did some more searching and tried out deleting the TileDataLayer folder, which didn't work. I even went to a different laptop with a working windows 10 install, and got its TileDataLayer folder and copied it to my problem install. It didn't work. [This process was a bit finicky as I had to keep stopping the associated service, but I think it worked correctly]

    As a final try I went to safe mode.... I was pretty amazed to find out it was problematic there too! *Mad

    I have a lot of files and programs and I strongly would prefer not having to start from a fresh install (maybe even that won't work...?). Switching from Account A to B took half a day. Starting from a fresh install will probably take longer....

    Is there anything I can try? Or do I have to start fresh... while sobbing? *cryAny help is appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    :)
     
    Yoshi8765, Mar 24, 2017
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  2. Taskbar, Cortana, Start Button, Action Center Freezes When Notification Comes

    Hi,

    Recently I've updated my Windows 10 to the latest November update, i.e version 1511.

    After that I'm facing a wired problem. Whenever I receive a notification on Action Center, the Taskbar and all icons on the taskbar becomes unresponsive. Also the notification popup does not go away automatically.

    Clicking on any icon does not work. From Start Button, Cortana, Quick Launch icons, Battery icon, Action Center everything freezes.At the same time if I've any other application running, I can work on it.

    If I press the Windows Button on my keyboard twice, then all icons on desktop, taskbar refreshes. After that it works fine.

    Please let me know, how can I resolve the issue.

    Thanks,

    Tapabrata
     
    Tapabrata Sarkar, Mar 24, 2017
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  3. Stone624 Win User
    how do i fix the start button on windows 10

    Hello Flak88:

    So far, the Classic Shell works okay for getting the "Start" Button back for left clicking on, but as of yet it has not fixed the Microsoft Edge Browser and the Taskbar Icons, along with the Windows Store on anyone's but your computer(s).

    I recently tried the Classic Shell for a gentleman that had the Windows Start, the Taskbar Icons, and Windows Store and Edge all not working and we did try the Classic Shell and "it only fixed the Start Button," but nothing else, so we did my other method
    and got it all working again.

    Thanks for the tip though, wish Classic Shell worked for the other items, Windows Store, Taskbar Icons, and Microsoft Edge.
     
    Stone624, Mar 24, 2017
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  4. Start button + Windows Taskbar Icons Not working on ALL ACCOUNTS

    First welcome to the Forum. If you have a copy of your install media being a DVD of Flash Drive , you can try an in place upgrade install which is explained here:

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

    The entire process will take about 30 minutes. Good luck.
     
    Josey Wales, Mar 24, 2017
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  5. Yoshi8765 Win User
    Unfortunately, I don't have a DVD or flash drive, as the laptop came with win10 installed. I do have the ESD files from my other laptop. If I copy that over and use that.... would it work? I can look into using it.

    Edit: Never mind, it looks like an offline installer for windows updates instead, which won't help me. I'm talking about this by the way... First screenshot is the files, second is the setup run. There are instructions to create a win 10 install USB. Could I use that without any issues with licensing?

    Start button + Windows Taskbar Icons Not working on ALL ACCOUNTS [​IMG]

    Start button + Windows Taskbar Icons Not working on ALL ACCOUNTS [​IMG]
     
    Yoshi8765, Mar 24, 2017
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  6. mrgeek Win User
    The ESD (Electronic Software Delivery) files ARE the Windows install media IF you are logged into Windows, which you are. So, YES you CAN use it to do an In-Place Upgrade/Repair. Place the ESD folder on your desktop or C drive and double-click setup.exe to run, which will overwrite Win10 and replace any corrupted files/settings. I would, in the screenshot you show, click "Not right now' and install updates later via Windows Update AFTER you've verified that the OS is working properly. Good Luck
     
    mrgeek, Mar 24, 2017
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  7. Yoshi8765 Win User
    I see, I will keep that in mind next time. This time I used a USB to install it... Will report back.

    By the way, I remembered when this problem started. I actually deleted the original problem account A, and then these problems started. So I'm fairly sure it's some missing files.
     
    Yoshi8765, Mar 24, 2017
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  8. Yoshi8765 Win User

    Start button + Windows Taskbar Icons Not working on ALL ACCOUNTS

    It worked! This is great. Thank you both so much for saving hours of my time! *Party

    Is there any way to find out what the process may have deleted or uninstalled? Or does it simply modify system files and settings? I see a Windows.old folder in C:\. Is this safe to delete?
     
    Yoshi8765, Mar 24, 2017
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  9. mrgeek Win User
    "Is there any way to find out what the process may have deleted or uninstalled? "
    I wouldn't waste my time. Now, if it happens again right after a program install or driver or Windows Update, you've got it more narrowed down. If you took my advice to save time and delay Windows Updates, now is the time to install the latest ones.

    "I see a Windows.old folder in C:\. Is this safe to delete?"

    This contains the files needed for you to revert back to prev installation, in case there are problems with the new one. I would leave it, so you can test system for a few days, before getting rid of it.
    It will delete itself during a normal system cleanup, if not used within 10-30 days depending which Win10 you have. Yes, it's a huge folder but if you're near your hard drive space limit and the system is working, as expected, you can easily delete it manually by following this tutorial -
    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 10

    PS- if you're happy that your issue is solved, mark the thread as such, so others with the same issue can more easily find a solution in Win10 Forums Search. Thanks and have a great weekend.
     
    mrgeek, Mar 24, 2017
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  10. Yoshi8765 Win User
    That is what I suspected, but I thought I would ask. I am tight on space right now... but I won't take my chances this time. Thanks again.
     
    Yoshi8765, Apr 4, 2018
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