A taskbar is a bar displayed on a full edge of a GUI desktop that is used to launch and monitor running applications.

The most common question I had seen on the internet is “Why Windows 7 Taskbar is freezing?” I know it is an annoying problem and your computer does not respond even if you try to load the Task Manager. I will illustrate the reasons and solutions for this problem.

Solutions:

1. Utilise Faster DMA IDE Data Transfer Modes on IDE Slave Drives

2. Defragment and Clean the Registry

3. Problem in the Connection of Microsoft Office Outlook/ Windows Live Outlook with the Microsoft Exchange Server

4. Unload DLLs

5. Let Windows Rebuild the Taskbar

6. Disable Network Icon and Other Unnecessary Icons from the Notification Area

7. Load of Too Many Background Processes and their icons in System Tray

Utilise Faster DMA IDE Data Transfer Modes on IDE Slave Drives

Using Device Manager, enable faster DMA IDE Data Transfer Modes on IDE Slave Drives. Please do the below steps if you are using an SATA/ ATA type of hard disks drive.

1. Click Start | Search.

2. Type Device Manager and press ENTER.

3. Expand the following:

Your Computer Name | IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller.

4. Double click on the Primary IDE Channel, for example ATA Channel 0.

5. Click Advanced Settings tab in the Properties dialog.

6. Check up the box named Enable DMA.

7. Click OK.

8. Close Device Manager.

Defragment and Clean the Registry

The registry performance determines the whole performance of your computer. On Windows 7 computers, the Taskbar freezes if the registry is fragmented and junk data is stored. You have to defragment the whole registry and clean the internal errors.

1. Download best Registry Cleaner and PC Optimizer software.

2. Install and run it.

3. Click Registry Cleaner, and then Start Scan button.

4. Restart the system.

5. Click Defragmenter, and then Analyze button.

6. Do a system reboot when prompted.

Problem in the Connection of Microsoft Office Outlook/ Windows Live Outlook with the Microsoft Exchange Server

Both Microsoft Office Outlook and Windows Live Outlook are personal information managers from Microsoft.

A problem, especially a wrong method of connecting Outlook with the Microsoft Exchange Server results in freezing down the Taskbar in Windows 7 operating systems. You have to change the registry settings in order to resolve this problem.

1. Click Start | Run.

2. Type RegEdit and press ENTER.

3. Navigate the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftExchangeExchange Provider

4. Double click the string named Rpc_Binding_Order.

5. Replace the existing value with the following new one:

ncacn_ip_tcp,ncacn_spx,ncacn_np,netbios,ncacn_vns _spp,ncalrpc

6. Close Registry Editor, and restart your computer.

Unload DLLs

Programs use Dynamic Link Library (DLL) files for loading and utilising the various resources and objects. After such program is terminated, the DLLs are still open. This results in Taskbar freezing on Windows 7 computers. You are advised to change a registry setting so as to unload the DLLs after the corresponding operation or task is performed.

1. Click Start | Run.

2. Type RegEdit and press ENTER.

3. Navigate the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionexplorer

4. Double click the string named AlwaysUnloadDLL.

5. Replace the existing value with 1.

6. Press ENTER.

7. Close Registry Editor, and restart your computer.

Let Windows Rebuild the Taskbar

For stopping Taskbar freezing problem, let Windows 7 to rebuild the Taskbar as below:

1. Click Start | Run.

2. Type RegEdit and press ENTER.

3. Navigate the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer

4. Delete the registry key named StuckRects.

5. Close Registry Editor.

6. Restart the system to rebuild your Taskbar.

Disable Network Icon and Other Unnecessary Icons in the Notification Area

The Network Connection icon is displayed on the Notification Area of your Taskbar. It is a system icon and constantly updates itself. This may cause Taskbar stops responding or freezing on Windows 7 operating system. That’s why; you are advised to disable the Network icon to resolve this problem.

1. Click Start| Control Panel.

2. Type Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsNotification Area Icons in the Address Bar of your Control Panel.

3. Press ENTER.

4. In the new page that opens, select Hide Icon and Notifications from the Network drop down box.

5. Click OK button.

The taskbar should not freeze after you had done this setting.

Load of Too Many Background Processes and their Icons in System Tray

At the time your operating system finishes booting, a number of programs (including Microsoft and Non-Microsoft) runs in the background. In addition to this, most of them have their Tray Icons in the Notification Area. This causes your Taskbar freezing problem due to increased load of background processes in Windows 7 system.

1. Click Start | Search.

2. Type MsConfig and press ENTER.

3. Disable unnecessary startup entries from the Startup and Services tabs.

4. Click Apply | OK.

5. Restart the system.

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