- 16 months ago
After booting up my PC today, I noticed that my Taskbar had no apps or notifications. I can't interact with anything on it, including the start menu (win key doesn't work either).Settings wont open, but I don't know about other MS apps.
Afaik, nothing abnormal has caused this. I powered the PC off last night and powered it on earlier today to find the problem.
Fixes I've tried:
-the solution listed here: www.thewindowsclub.com/taskbar-not-working-in-windows-10 (couldn't complete step 4)
restarting explorer.exe in taskmgr (does nothing)
scanning system through powershell (said it replaced missing files but nothing changed)
system restore (started it, left, came back to it saying it couldn't complete the restore likely bc antivirus is stopping it. I use bitdefender free, don't know how to disable it).
Logically, I'd rather not reinstall Windows, but nothing I've been doing has seemed to help.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated!