Last Updated on December 1, 2016
After the last Windows Update, the Taskbar in Windows has been freezing a lot for few people. I’ve gotten a lot of messages from people asking for a solution to this problem.
Though not often, the taskbar also freezes on my Windows 10 PC too. Most of the time, this happens when I quit from a full-screen application like a game, or a video playing on VLC. The simple fix for this is to restart your PC. This works every time. The problem here is that you will need to quit all your work and wait for it to initialize everything.
If the taskbar freezing problem is frequent on your PC, then restarting every time isn’t really feasible. The freezing is really random sometimes, but not always. One solution that I’ve found that works always to fix this problem is restarting the explorer.exe process.
This always makes the taskbar responsive again. Unlike the process restarting the whole PC, you won’t need to quit what you are doing and it takes just seconds to work. Depending on whether you have an SSD or not, restarting can take up from a few seconds to a few minutes.
How to Fix Taskbar Freezing Problem in Windows 10
- Press Alt + Ctrl + Delete to open the locking menu. Click on Task manager from here. Alternatively, you can also use Ctrl + Shift + Esc to directly open the Task manager in a single stroke.
- On the Process tab, look for
Windows Explorer. Right-click on it, and select Restart. Wait a few seconds for the
explorer.exeprocess to close and restart itself.
That’s it. After restarting the explorer, the taskbar will become responsive again. You will be able to do all the normal stuff with the taskbar after it becomes responsive. If you are worried about data loss or anything such thing, then don’t be worried. Restarting the explorer.exe only closes the Explorer windows that you have opened at that instant. You can always open them again without any problem. Other programs and files opened on your PC won’t be affected with this.