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Windows 10 Taskbar not working

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Apparently, one of the many crazy problems of Microsoft Windows. In this case, I had Cortana and the Taskbar Search not working; if I clicked on the taskbar nothing happens. Differently from other cases I found on the web, the menu was working.

SOLUTION

After some digging, I found out this post: Microsoft Answers: FIX – Windows 10 Taskbar Not Functioning  . It wasn’t my case, and besides the solution looked too much complex to me. I didn’t do anything so destructive to my PC to deserve a powershell command line that disabled developer mode for all my apps. What intrigued me was the first line:

***YOU MUST HAVE THE WINDOWS FIREWALL SERVICE RUNNING FOR THIS TO WORK***

Well, in fact I had disabled Windows Firewall service few days ago – an useless service, for I always disable it. It is too messy to use, and it blocks lots of services I have running, adding a layer of complexity to my debug procedure, both on clients and on servers. I dig some more, finding a comment here (the article was useless for my problem, only the comment gave me a confirmation): The Windows Club: Cortana and Taskbar Search not working in Windows 10 by PeacefulArgument which states that simply reactivating Windows Firewall service brought the Taskbar back and working. 

Usually to activate a service I type “service” on the taskbar, but I obviously couldn’t do it, so I had to find another way:

  • Start
  • Scroll down to Windows Administration Tools
  • Click on Services
  • Scroll down to Windows Firewall 
  • Right click -> Properties
  • On Startup Type select Automatic (in my case it was on Disabled)
  • Click on Apply and then Ok

Then I restarted my PC, and the taskbar was working again.

I think even a simple logout and login should work, but in this case you should also start Windows Firewall service:

  • Start
  • Scroll down to Windows Administration Tools
  • Click on Services
  • Scroll down to Windows Firewall 
  • Right click -> Start