Windows Tip: Here’s how to fix for Explorer Patcher causing taskbar to crash

Long story short: My Windows 11 app icon went missing and after searching on the Internet, I got recommendation from to install Explorer Patcher to fix it (e.g.: re-enable my missing icon on the taskbar) (Explorer Patcher link: But what happened was my Windows 11 taskbar crashed and during restart, I just got blank black screen on my Windows 11 PC. If you are currently in the same situation, don’t panic! There’s no need to restore nor reinstall your Windows since I got a working fix. Check out the steps below.

Here’s how to fix taskbar crashing issue caused by Explorer Patcher on Windows 11

Follow these steps closely in order to get back your Taskbar, wallpaper and desktop without restoring nor reinstalling your Windows. Tested on my laptop running Windows 11.

1) Boot your Windows 11 PC as normal.

2) Once logged in, you’ll be presented with blank black screen.

3) Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and click on “Task Manager”.

4) On Task Manager Process screen, click on “Run New Task”.

5) A Create New Task window will pop-up. Type in “Control Panel” and click “OK”.

6) Control Panel screen will then pop-up. Click on “Uninstall a Program”. You’ll be then redirected to “Program and Features” screen.

7) Inside Program and Features screen, find “Explorer Patcher”.

8) Once found, do right click on “Explorer Patcher” and click “Uninstall”. Follow the uninstallation process.

Once you get confirmation that Explorer Patcher has been uninstalled, your Windows 11 taskbar, wallpaper and desktop should come back as normal. Do a restart – just in case you don’t get them back to normal.

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My taskbar come back after I managed uninstalled the Explorer Patcher

Bring it all together

Well lucky for me, the steps I shared above did work well for me, so I don’t need to restore nor reinstall my Windows 11. Hope the steps work great for you too. I guess the lesson learned here is that, before installing something from the Internet, do find out the review whether it’s a good program (won’t crash your Windows) or not. In case you encountered any difficulties and/or have queries, don’t hesitate to put your queries or thoughts on the comment section down below. I’ll be happy to assist.

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2 thoughts on “Windows Tip: Here’s how to fix for Explorer Patcher causing taskbar to crash

  • December 17, 2022 at 8:32 am

    I wish I had been able to read your article on Explorer Patcher on Windows 11 before I did a restore on my computer. I was not too worried at the time because I had just backed up my system on a new WD My Book using the software that came with it, Acronis True Image for Western Digital. The files shown on the drive looked good.

    When I tried to restore from the backup using the Acronis software, carefully following their procedure, it failed because the backup on the drive had suddenly been erased at sometime during the restore process. Okay, I’m visually impaired, and may have made a mistake, but I really don’t think so. Western Digital is warning customers to disconnect their portable hard drives from the Internet because of hackers erasing their drives. I think there is mor to it than that, but who am I to question?

    So far, I’ve spent the last several days reinstalling the software that disappears when a Windows reinstall gets done. Almost back to where I was when I got the dark screen and mouse pointer on Start Up. Will use the MS software that comes with Windows 11 for future backups.

    I’ll follow your suggestion to be more cautious about installing software from unfamiliar sources.

  • July 3, 2023 at 8:55 am

    I have a similar problem. But can’t delete the files. They are “locked” (in use).
    Neither uninstall or new install works. How do I “unlock” them?


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