Windows11,Taskbar will not load. Cannot open start menu

There are widespread reports of the Start Menu and taskbar not functioning on PCs that have updated to todays new release of Windows 11, build 22000.176 for Beta/Release Preview channels, and 22449 on Dev channel. It also may affect older versions too as some commenters have mentioned. If you are on Windows 11 and your Start Menu and/or taskbar is not loading right, crashing, missing all the icons/clock, and otherwise being useless.

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Change your date to some time in October and disable time sync

  • Open task manager

  • Run, then type in Control and hit OK

  • Select date and time

  • Change date and time, then pick something in the future, hit OK

  • Go to the Internet Time tab and disable the automatic sync.

  • Step 1: Use CTRL-ALT-DEL and choose to open Task Manager.

  • Step 2: Choose “More details” at the bottom of Task Manager to expand Task Manager.

  • Step 3: Go to “File” and choose “Run new task”.

  • Step 4: Type “cmd” in the “Open” field.

  • Step 5: Paste the following: reg delete HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\IrisService /f && shutdown -r -t 0

  • Step 6: Hit enter, and then your PC should reboot. After rebooting, everything should be back to normal. Additionally, we will be rolling out a new server-side deployment that will automatically fix Insiders in this state over the next few hours.

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