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.
- Hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete and open the Task Manager
- Click the down arrow at the bottom of the window for ‘More details’. Once completed, this will say ‘Fewer details’ instead
- From the top-left corner, choose File > Run new task
- In the pop-up that appears, type ‘cmd’ and click ‘OK’
- This is the important bit. Copy and paste ‘reg delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\IrisService /f && shutdown -r -t 0’ exactly as you see it here
- Hit enter. Your device will restart and the issue should be resolved once it boots up again
How to fix missing Start menu and taskbar – temporary solution
This solution was discovered by eagle-eyed Windows users before Microsoft released an official fix. It still works, but takes slightly longer and only acts as a temporary solution. However, if you’d rather avoid dealing with the registry, it’s a worthwhile alternative.
- Follow the same three steps as above, until you get to the ‘Create new task’ pop-up
- Instead of ‘cmd’, enter ‘control.exe’ and click ‘OK’
- This will open the Control Panel. Navigate to Clock and Region > Set the time and date
- From the window that appears, choose the ‘Internet Tab’ along the top and click ‘Change settings...’
- Uncheck the ‘Synchronise with an Internet time server button’ and click ‘OK’
- Head back to the ‘Date and Time’ tab and click ‘Change date and time...’
- Change the calendar date to a few days in the future and click ‘OK’
- 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