Microsoft Fixes Taskbar Issue in Windows 11 with KB5040442 Update

TapTechNews July 10th news, Microsoft released the KB5040442 cumulative update for the Windows 11 system during this month's Patch Tuesday event, among which the problem that the taskbar couldn't be loaded caused by the KB5039302 update was fixed.

TapTechNews reported in June that Microsoft updated its official support documentation and admitted that the KB5039302 update led to a new BUG:

After installing the Windows Preview version update in June 2024 (KB5039302), you may encounter taskbar issues. This problem only occurs when you use a Windows N version device or turn off the Media Features through Control Panel - Programs -> Programs and > Functions -> Turn on or off Windows features.

In the Windows N version system, it contains the same functions as other versions of Windows, but does not include some media-related technologies, Windows MediaPlayer, and some pre-installed media applications.

After installing the update, when you log in to the device, you may find that you cannot view or interact with the taskbar, but other applications such as File Explorer, the desktop, and Settings will be used normally.

Microsoft today pushed the KB5040442 update to Win11 22H2 and 23H2 users, and the OS internal version number increased to 22621.3880 and 22631.3880.

Microsoft stated in the KB5040442 cumulative update log that the following problems have been fixed:

After users install the KB5039302 update, the taskbar may not be viewable or interactable, mainly occurring in devices running Windows N versions. If the Media Features is turned off from the Control Panel, this problem will also occur.

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