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Windows 11's taskbar has an annoying bug, but it's getting fixed

Windows 11 Start menu and takbar icons on leftImage: Dominik Tomaszewski / Foundry

The new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3212 for testers doesn’t bring any spectacular new features, but Microsoft has fixed an annoying problem that is causing problems for some Windows 11 users, as Betanews writes.

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Some users report that Windows 11 takes a loooooong time to finally display the taskbar and make it usable. While the Windows taskbar is missing, you don’t have the quick and important option for starting applications. In addition, the taskbar contains important setting options that are then also missing.

The new KB5034845 update is intended to cure the lame taskbar. Microsoft writes in the support document for Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3212 (Beta Channel):

“Fixed an issue which was causing the taskbar to sometimes be very slow to appear sometimes after booting up and logging in for the first time.”

However, this is not the only bug fix, as Microsoft also mentions another taskbar correction in the Windows 11 preview build. This is a problem that caused the search to open briefly and then close again immediately:

“Fixed an issue where if your taskbar was close to being full of app icons, when you tried to open search it would just open and immediately close.”

The new Windows 11 test build also brings improvements to the widgets by better pointing out missed notifications.

This improved taskbar is currently not only available in the build for the beta channel, but also for the development channel and the canary channel. However, it will certainly take a few more weeks before this improvement is incorporated into the stable versions of Windows 11 that are soon to be released in the final version. The next Microsoft patch day on March 12 could be a candidate for the final release of the improved taskbar.

This article was translated from German to English and originally appeared on

Hans-Christian Dirscherl schreibt seit über 20 Jahren zu fast allen IT-Themen. Sein Fokus liegt auf der Koordination und Produktion von Nachrichten mit hohem Nutzwert sowie auf ausführlichen Tests und Ratgebern für die Bereiche Smart Home, Smart Garden und Automotive.

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