Wait a minute, Windows XP is still working?
Yes, it is. Windows XP is still working because of the Windows XP Mode for Windows 7.
On Windows 10, the Microsoft provided virtual machine (VM), can be used to run Windows XP, 7 and 8.1 applications.
The virtual machine can be loaded or started from the Start Menu, Programs or Devices and Printers.
If the taskbar is frozen, then Windows Virtual PC won’t launch the Windows XP virtual machine.
Consequently, the Windows XP mode remains off and you can’t use Windows XP applications.
- Windows Taskbar errors can occur for many reasons, and they can lead to serious problems.
- If the Taskbar freezes in Windows XP, you can try resetting it, restarting your PC, or reinstalling Windows.
PC problems? Solve them in minutes.
Use a third-party software
- Your Windows 10 operating system comes with several tools that can fix most issues. These include System Restore and System File Checker.
- However, these tools don’t work for Windows XP.
- Therefore, you have to resort to third-party software like PC Mechanic.
Rebuild the Taskbar
- Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
- Select the Processes tab, locate and right-click on the taskbar.
- Then, select Rebuild.
- Clear the Cache
Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type “regedit” in the text field, and click OK.
- Click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > Taskbar.
- In the right pane, locate the CacheSize value.
- Right-click on it, and select Modify.
- Enter a 0 value in the CacheSize field, and click OK.
Check the Windows update
- The update that is causing problems could be the KB4103721 update
- Run SFC scan
- Run a chkdsk /r command
- Disable any startup items
- Disable Task Manager
- Run the Registry Editor
Run the System File Checker
- Right-click Start and select Command prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin).
- When Command prompt opens, type the following command and press Enter to run it: sfc /scannow
- Wait until the process finishes (it might take a while).
- If System File Checker finds corrupted or modified system files, it will replace the missing files automatically.
Run the SFC scan
- Press Windows Key + S and enter cmd. Select Run as administrator under Command prompt.
- When Command prompt starts, enter the following command and press Enter: sfc /scannow
Delete the Taskbar.XML
- First, press the Windows key + R keys to open Run.
- Type regedit and click OK to open Registry Editor.
- Navigate to the following key path:
- In the right pane, look for a value named Taskbar.WaitToKillAppTimeout and delete all its values.
- Close Registry Editor and try to see if the app is working fine.