Strange W11 taskbar bug after upgrading Nvidia driver

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Hello all,

Upgraded my main Core i7 tower to Windows 11 last night. Just now I upgraded my Nvidia driver (RTX 2060 Super), as it’s been a few months since I’ve done that.

After that, all the icons of all the running applications I had open on the task bar disappeared (not including everything from the widgets button going left to the Start button), and it took a reboot to get them back. However you could still see the little “tick” marks that indicated they were running applications. It was like they were invisible or transparent.

Anybody experience this bug?

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8 responses to “Strange W11 taskbar bug after upgrading Nvidia driver”

  1. pecosbob04

    "you could still see the little “tick” marks that indicated they were running applications. It was like they were invisible or transparent." Not a bug but a security feature. This prevents your session being compromised by a nefarious evil-doer using shoulder surfing techniques to discover what software you like to run. The tick mark artifacts will be eliminated in a subsequent update. To see what is there try "Cortana, Task bar cloaking off." Hey it could wo . . . Whoops . . . Never mind.


  2. SWCetacean

    I haven't seen it on my end. I'm running an RTX 3070 and I just installed the latest Nvidia drivers last night with no issues on the taskbar or anywhere else. I'd uninstall and reinstall (or reinstall using the Clean Installation option) the drivers.

  3. beckoningeagle

    It has happened to me a few times, but only on secondary monitors.

  4. jimchamplin

    Is the RTX the only card, or is it configured to run alongside integrated video?


    I mention that because my Acer Nitro 5 switches between GTX1650 and integrated Radeon Vega. Sometimes if I switch from an external display (which runs exclusively from the GTX1650) back to the Radeon, this exact thing happens.

    • erichk

      That's interesting, however the PC is not set up that way, as the only thing going to my monitor is a DisplayPort cable from the discrete graphics card. I'm pretty sure I have onboard/integrated graphics disabled ... at least, I think so. :)

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