Microsoft confirms Windows 10 desktop and taskbar issue

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 17, 2022
Windows 10

Microsoft confirmed another issue affecting its Windows 10 operating system. This one may affect the appearance of the desktop or the taskbar on the Windows 10 device.

windows 10 desktop taskbar issue

According to Microsoft, it may happen that either disappears momentarily or that the device may become unresponsive. Microsoft confirms that devices running Windows 10 version 20H2, 21H1, 21H2 and 22H2 are affected by the issue. Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 11, is not affected by the issue.

The company has resolved the issue already using Known Issues Rollback. Known Issues Rollback is an updating feature that restores a previous state of a particular feature. Microsoft has used the functionality extensively recently.

Known Issues Rollback is supported on unmanaged devices only. Most Windows 10 users should not experience the desktop and taskbar issue at all, or should have it fixed already. It takes up to 24 hours to propagate according to Microsoft.

The situation is different for Enterprise-managed devices. These do not receive the Known Issue Rollback command automatically. System administrators need to configure the rollback using the Group Policy of the operating system.

The first step requires that administrators download the Group Policy data from Microsoft. The download link is listed on the known issues and notifications website, linked above.

This needs then be installed in Group Policy. Once that is done, administrators need to open the Group Policy Editor and visit Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> <Group Policy name listed below> to configure it. Once configured, Known Issues Rollback is applied on the device.

Windows 10 and 11 have been plagued by several issues recently. Just this week alone, Microsoft confirmed a Direct Access issue, which it resolved with Known Issues Rollback as well. There has also been confirmation of Kerberos authentication sign-in failures, and domain join processes that may fail.

Windows 11 users furthermore may experience performance issues in some games and apps that they run on their devices.

Microsoft reacted quickly to the disappearing taskbar and desktop issue, It confirmed and fixed the issue on the same day. It may still be experienced on some devices, especially if automatic updates are blocked on the device.

Now You: did you run into issues on Windows devices recently?

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  1. PhoebeGatesMusk said on November 20, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Following 8, Windows is still a letdown. Who at Microsoft will ever develop a brain? If Microsoft’s updates do not go through quality assurance, then they must stop pushing their subpar updates on end users. A team responsible for quality control needs to return.

  2. John G. said on November 19, 2022 at 11:54 am

    At leats the W10’s users can place the taskbar on top and more other lost features…

  3. yanta said on November 18, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    How is a “rollback” a resolution? That’s not “fixing” it, it’s just sidestepping it!

  4. Mike said on November 18, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    The cool part about having a monopoly, is that you don’t have to care about the quality of your products. They only have to just barely be good and reliable enough. You can instead focus your time and effort on more profitable ventures, such as forming partnerships with other companies, where you e.g. place ads in your product for them, for a price.

  5. hg said on November 18, 2022 at 10:54 am

    With W11, even though my taskbar is set to autohide it regularly freezes “open” , so much so that I have a batch file to reset the registry entries; after which it behaves for a while.

  6. John G. said on November 18, 2022 at 10:03 am

    My sister has warned me that the W11 taskbar has several issues too, mainly it looses all the icons configuration and there is not an option to let see all the icons at a time.

  7. BugGalore said on November 18, 2022 at 4:25 am

    Seems like they starting to push buggy updates inorder to force users to upgrade or use Windows 11.

    1. John C. said on November 18, 2022 at 1:02 pm

      You took the words right out of my mouth. I’m still using W7 on my main computer, and my air-gapped laptop is running W10. I have no plans to allow a forced update to W11, so the laptop will remain offline.

    2. John G. said on November 18, 2022 at 7:52 am

      Probably they want to replace it with the W11’s one. However your idea is not bad, to make W10 weak in order to force the transition to W11.

  8. I don't need a M$ approved computer said on November 18, 2022 at 4:04 am

    > Technically, Windows 11 isn’t that bad.

    It’s proprietary, that’s bad enough. It, like the many versions of Windows before it, have patch after patch after patch after patch, plugging REMOTE EXPLOITS which can TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR SYSTEM.

    Windows is bad and M$ is bad.

    If people would simply STOP doing business with M$, shunning them into bankruptcy, the world of computing would be better.

    Wherever there’s a fart about Open Source, M$ swoops in to sniff.

  9. gregorian said on November 17, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I’ll think I’ll migrate to Windows 10 in 2025.

  10. Anonymous said on November 17, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    I like the idea of the Known Issues Rollback.
    The vendor will automatically fix the problem without user intervention.
    I hate when you have to go through a complicated list of steps to fix a problem.

    There will always be defects in software, but the easier it is to fix them, the better it is.

  11. John G. said on November 17, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    They don’t know how to kill the W10 taskbar and this is probably the first step to replace it entirely. Microsoft is always thinking about how to destroy the patience of the users worldwide.
    Thanks for the article.

    — And now, for sure, somebody will tell me that MS knows how to build a good OS.

    1. Gerold Manders said on November 17, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      Microsoft has engineers who do know how to make a good OS. Unfortunately they also had very bad mentoring skills, so when those engineers left after Windows 7, we got their follow-up Windows OS’es.

      Add to that insult the injury of hiring a marketer to introduce Windows 11 to the unwashed masses and now we’re stuck with one section of the company bent on putting everything in the cloud, come hell or high water. The other section is is Windows 11 and all the filth that comes with it.

      Technically, Windows 11 isn’t that bad. But imagine how good it could have been if it wasn’t hobbled by all the telemetry and secondary income tricks Microsoft insists on putting in any and all versions meant for joe public. Those are very big contributors for badly rewritten iterations from OS elements, which have worked excellently for years.

      But as this is an article about Windows 10, the current Windows 10 versions are practically the same as Windows 11, as in practically the same OS, just with a different “dress”. So my rant still stands.

      1. John G. said on November 18, 2022 at 7:49 am

        Some time ago I installed Ubuntu 22 LTS as my secondary OS in order to avoid some printing issues with the shared printer of our department of Botanical Studies. Last week I only worked one time with Windows because the productivity of Ubuntu is higher and it can receive updates and install them without reboot. I meant that I started using Linux for minutes to print some homework and now it’s my primary OS.

  12. Trey said on November 17, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    That’s notoriously badly written software. I’d remove it, drivers and all and reinstall if you really need it. You can also use something like Task Manager Deluxe to better pinpoint the culprit in your system

    1. Tachy said on November 19, 2022 at 6:59 pm


      I can’t just remove it without crippling my 505W 5.1 sound system.

      Mine is a gaming PC and I rely on directional sounds to know where dangers are coming from.

      It has worked perfectly up until the latest windows update.

      PS If a double post appears it is a website bug. I didn’t see my first post appear on the page.

    2. Tachy said on November 19, 2022 at 6:55 pm


      I can’t just remove it without crippling my 505w 5.1 sound system. It has worked perfectly up until the last windows update.

  13. Tachy said on November 17, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    I’m having a new issue, I’m wondering if anyone else is too.

    “Sound Blaster Audigy Fx control panel” takes a very long time to open after a system restart. I can see the CPU cores doing a lot of work when I open it.

    On first open it takes about 60 seconds for the GUI to fully render and be useable. Switching to a different tab of the UI takes another 10-15 seconds.

    Once all tabs on the UI have been rendered the whole program responds normally. Upon wake it still responds normally. It’s only after a restart this happens.

    Edition Windows 10 Pro
    Version 22H2
    OS build 19045.2130
    Experience Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.4180.0

    SBAudigyFxW10(SBAF_CD_L13_1_00_07).exe is the package installed.

    MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING LGA 1150 Intel Z87
    Intel i7-4790K
    MSI Nividia GTX 980Ti GAMING 6G – Driver Version 522.25

  14. Seeprime said on November 17, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    “Quality Assurance Engineers? We don’t need no stinking Quality Assurance”. -Satya N.

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