By Ellie / Last Updated November 21, 2022

Help! Remote Desktop taskbar not responding

“Hello. The Remote desktop taskbar is stuck at the RDP session and is unresponsive. I drop it and then connect to the remote PC again but it’s not responding still. What’s wrong? Are there any fixes that can free me out of this trouble?”

Remote Desktop Taskbar not Responding

Thanks to the development of technology, remote access is available to help us deal with work and study stuff nowadays. However, if we encounter some issues like Remote Desktop stuck on please wait or the issue illustrated as the user in the case above, the whole remote session will be inconvenient and it will be very frustrating for every one of us.

How do I fix the unresponsive taskbar?

Here in this part, 5 feasible ways will be shown to fix “Remote Desktop taskbar not responding” on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7. Follow me to operate.

Way 1. Restart File Explorer

In most cases, the Remote Desktop taskbar will be unresponsive if Windows Explorer has problems. For this reason, we can do as follows to solve the problem:

Step 1. Use the key combination CTRL+ SHIFT+End and then choose Task Manager. (Some shortcuts in Remote Desktop are different from the normal ones.)

Step 2. Locate the Details tab and Kill the explorer.exe process if it shows up in Task Manager.


Step 3. Go to File > Processes in the Task Manager and then find Windows Explorer. Right-click on it and then choose Restart. After that, the taskbar not responding in Remote Desktop will be fixed.

Restart Explorer

Way 2. Add value and change the data 

The settings of Local Security Authority (LSA) credentials also have an effect on the RDP session taskbar. You could change the value of the related policy to fix the issue.

Step 1. Press Win+ R and then input regedit to open Registry Editor. 

Run Box Regedit

Step 2. Navigate to following registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa


Step 3. On the right pane, right-click and then select New > DWORD (32 bit).

Add new DWORD Value

  Step 4. Name the value as LsaLookupCacheMaxSize


Step 5. Select Modify after right-click on LsaLookupCacheMaxSize

Modify the Value

Step 6. Make Sure that the Value Data is set to 0, thereafter select OK.

Change the Value Data to 0

Step 7. Reboot the PC and reconnect to the remote PC to check whether the issue has gone.

Way 3. Check for Windows updates (Remember to back up your Windows)

Old Windows versions may also cause the “Remote Desktop taskbar not responding”. And some users claim that the different Windows versions could cause the problem. Therefore, we can try to fix the issue by checking our Windows update. But remember to back up your PC in advance to avoid data loss.  

Step 1. Press Win + I to open Settings. And then locate Update & Security.

Find Updates and Security

Note: On Windows 7, press Win + R and then input “control panel” > go to System and Security > choose Windows Update to check update.

Step 2. If your Windows version is the newest, try the next solution. You could update your Windows version if it’s not the latest one.

Update Windows Version

Way 4. SFC Scan

SFC scan is a very useful feature that can scan the corrupted files causing the problem and replace the cached copy with the corrupted one. In this way, you could fix the “Remote Desktop taskbar not responding”. Now follow me to have a try.

Step 1. In the search box, input cmd and then right-click on it. Choose Run as administrator.

Step 2. Type in sfc /scannow and wait for several minutes. When it is completed, reboot the PC and connect to the remote PC again to check whether the Remote Desktop taskbar still is not responding on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7.

Run SFC Scan

Step 4. Wait for the command to finish.

Way 5. Uninstall antivirus software

Antivirus software sometimes would automatically prevent some behaviors that may seem harmful to the PC, which also takes a toll on the application running, such as Remote Desktop. Therefore, we can uninstall it for a while and then connect to the remote PC.

Step 1. Press Win + R simultaneously, and then input “appwiz.cpl” and click on OK.


Step 2. Locate the antivirus software and then uninstall it.

Uninstall Antivirus

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 Step 1. Download, install and launch AnyViewer on both computers. Go to Log in, and then click Sign up.

Log in AnyViewer

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Sign up for AnyViewer

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Here in this post, we illustrate 5 ways for you to fix the Remote Desktop taskbar not responding, such as restarting file explorer, adding a reg file, checking for Windows updates and so on. However, if the ways above cannot help you get out of the trouble, you can use AnyViewer as your comfort.