Known bugs in Windows 11 and how to fix them

Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 as the defacto operating system for businesses, but it’s still fighting to get the most out of the new operating system. Some of the changes in Windows 10 are huge, like the return of the Start menu, but many others are more subtle. Some of the lesser-known features of Windows 10, such as the ability to set up your Start menu to display all your pinned folders, also known as Task View. This prevents users from accidentally pinning folders to the Start menu.

Windows 10 has been fairly successful, but it has its bugs. Experienced Windows users will no doubt have some issues with the new operating system, and you don’t need to be a computer expert to fix some of them.

The 28th. On June 20, 2021, Microsoft released the first official version of Windows 11. Windows 11 comes with a huge list of new features and user interface improvements that will make users happy and excited about Windows. As always with pre-release software, early versions of Windows 11 contained bugs, instabilities, and inconsistent interfaces. Microsoft has released an official list of known bugs in Windows 11, and enthusiasts have managed to come up with workarounds for other problems that may arise when testing Microsoft’s new operating system.

Windows 11: Known errors

Here’s the list of bugs Microsoft has officially confirmed in the changelog of the first version of Windows 11.

Tip: Windows 11 also comes with a pretty long list of deprecated and deleted features. You can find this list here.


  • The taskbar is not displayed on multiple monitors, but this will be fixed in a future release.
  • The preview window may not show the entire window when you hover the mouse pointer over Task View on the taskbar.


  • When you upgrade from a device with multiple user accounts to Windows 11, the settings do not start.
  • A small set of old settings pages, as well as some bugs, will be fixed in future versions.
  • The Power Mode setting does not appear on the Power and Battery page.
  • A brief green flash may appear when you start the Settings application.
  • When using Quick Settings to change accessibility settings, the settings interface may not save the selected state.


  • In some cases, you cannot enter text when using Startup Search or the taskbar. If you experience this problem, press Win + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box, then close it.
  • Microsoft is working on a fix for an issue that causes applications to not appear on startup, disappear from the File Explorer command line, or hide links. To solve this problem, restart your computer.


  • Application icons in the search bar may not load, but appear as gray squares instead.
  • If you hover the mouse over the search icon in the taskbar, the third-to-last search will not load and will remain empty.
  • After tapping the search icon on the taskbar, the search bar may not open. In this case, restart Windows Explorer and open the search window again.
  • Hovering over the search icon in the taskbar may not display recent searches. To resolve this issue, restart the unit.
  • The search bar may appear black and show no content below the search bar.


  • Scaling the system text proportionally scales all widgets and may cause widgets to be cut off.
  • Running links from a widget array may not bring applications to the foreground.
  • When using the screen reader/narrator, widgets may not display content correctly.
  • The widget panel may appear empty. To get around this, you can log out and then log back in.
  • If you use the Outlook client with a Microsoft account, changes in Calendar and Tasks may not be synchronized in real time with the widgets.
  • Widgets may not display properly sized on external monitors. In this case, you can launch widgets via touch input or the key combination WIN + W, first on the main monitor of the device and then on the additional monitors.
  • After quickly adding various widgets from the widget settings, some widgets may not be visible on the map.


  • The configuration button may not yet work in some limited scenarios.
  • Ratings and reviews are not available for some applications.

Other errors and possible solutions

  • Windows 11 finally has a brand new file explorer. Unfortunately, for some reason, it may revert to the version in Windows 10. You can fix the lack of the new File Explorer in Windows 11 with our special guide.
  • Navigating through the Start menu may not work for some people. If you are used to searching in Windows by opening the Start menu, but this does not work in Windows 11, users recommend opening and closing the Run dialog box. Press Win + R and close the dialog box.

If you have encountered other bugs and issues with Windows 11, please let other users know in the comments.

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By Taras Buria on 30. June 2021 in Windows 11.

About Taras Burya

Taras is here to beat Microsoft and everything related to it, although he sometimes prefers Apple. You can keep in touch with him on Twitter.

Matt Booth has been playing video games professionally for over a decade. He started out as a competitive player in the Halo series, and transitioned to professional gaming with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Since then, he has competed in countless tournaments across the globe, winning hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money.

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