Tips to resolve Taskbar not visible in Remote Desktop on Windows 10

Tips to resolve Taskbar not visible in Remote Desktop on Windows 10

Sometimes Windows users experiences issues with taskbar not visible when they tried to connect to a computer via Remote Desktop Protocol or RDP.
Here at Outsource Path, as part of our Technical Support Services, we regularly help our Customers to fix Windows related errors.
In this context, we shall look into the main causes of this Windows error and how to get rid of it.

Nature of Windows error "Taskbar not visible in Remote Desktop"?

The Remote Desktop Connection feature uses the RDP which allows users to access a computer remotely. This is actually different from the taskbar being hidden automatically until the pointer hovers on it since in this case, the taskbar is completely not accessible which makes using the remote computer entirely difficult, if not impossible.

How to fix Windows error "Taskbar not visible in Remote Desktop"?

There are several methods you can try to resolve this issue. You can try to restart the process of Windows Explorer via Task Manager or you could clear the cache for multiple processes.
You could also try to reinstall the Shell Experience components or show the local taskbar in the Remote desktop.
Also, you could also try to update, uninstall or rollback the display driver/graphics card driver.
For more details, refer to each one of the tips given below.

1.  Try to restart the Windows Explorer process
The first option you have to try to fix the problem with the taskbar is to simply restart the Windows Explorer process in the Task Manager.
i. Tap the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager.
ii. Next, go to the Processes tab and find the process of Windows Explorer.
iii. Once you find it, right click on it and select Restart to restart its process.
iv. After that, restart your computer and see if you can now see the Taskbar.

2. Try clearing the cache of multiple processes
The next thing you can do to resolve the problem is to clear the cache of many processes in your computer.
To do so, follow these steps:
i. Open the Notepad app and paste the following content in the text area:

@echo off
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
taskkill /f /im shellexperiencehost.exe
timeout /t 3 /NOBREAK > nul
del %localappdata%PackagesMicrosoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewyTempState* /q
timeout /t 2 /NOBREAK > nul
start explorer
@echo on

ii. After that, tap the Ctrl + S keys to save the changes you’ve made in Notepad and select the “All files” as its file type and then name it “CacheClearTWC.bat”.
iii. Next, go to the location where you saved the file using File Explorer and then run it. This will run a couple of batch scripts which will clear the cache of multiple processes in the system.
iv. Tap the Win + X keys and select the “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” option to open PowerShell as admin.
v. Next, execute this command in the command line:

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “appxmetadataappxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

vi. After the command has been executed, this will reinstall the Shell Experience components and should fix the problem with the taskbar.

3. Update, uninstall or rollback the Graphics card drivers
To do this, follow the steps below;
i. First, boot your computer into Safe Mode.
ii. After that, tap the Win + R keys to launch Run.
iii. Type in msc into the box and tap Enter or click OK to open the Device Manager.
iv. After that, a list of device drivers will be displayed. From there, look for the Display Adapters and click on it.
v. After that, right click on each entry under the Display Adapters and select the “Uninstall Device” option from the menu.
vi. Now restart your computer.
vii. After restarting your computer, go to the Settings app and Check for Updates in the Windows Update section.

Note: You also have the option to go directly to the website of your graphics card manufacturer like NVIDIA, Intel or AMD and go to the section called Drivers then check if there's a new available update – if there is, download and install it.

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