Windows 11: How To Fix Missing Taskbar And Start Menu

The Windows 11 beta has been impressively stable since the first version became available in late June, but the latest updates are causing widespread issues.

According to multiple reports, build 22000.176 in the Beta Channel and the Dev Channel’s build 22449 is causing the taskbar to disappear. That means no access to the Start menu, quick settings or notification tray. There’s still a way to launch apps via the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Delete), but it’s extremely disruptive for most people who have updated their device.

Microsoft has acknowledged it as a known issue and issued a fix, presumably while it works on an official patch. However, there’s an alternative solution if you don’t want to make changes to the registry. In this article, we’ll run you through both.

How to fix missing Start menu and taskbar – official solution

Microsoft updated its official blog posts within hours of Build 22000.176 and Build 22449 going live, stating it had cancelled a ‘server-side deployment issue’. That means anyone downloading the updates now shouldn’t be affected.

Alongside this, the company also provided information on how to fix the problem. It involves making semi-permanent changes to your device via the registry, so proceed with caution and follow these steps carefully.

  1. Hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete and open the Task Manager
  2. Click the down arrow at the bottom of the window for ‘More details’. Once completed, this will say ‘Fewer details’ instead
    Windows 11 fix missing taskbar
  3. Restart your PC and the problem will be solved. You should then be able to change the date back to what it originally was, before restarting the device once again

Related articles for further reading

  • Windows 11 release date, price and new features
  • How to get the Windows 11 beta
  • What\’s new in the latest Windows 11 beta

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