What to Do If the Action Center is Not Working on Your Windows 10 PC

 

One of Windows 10′s best features is the improved Action or Notification Center. Because of it, all the system and individual app notifications can be accessed in one place, which means you don’t have to worry about missing any notifications. You can also dismiss them any time, if you want.

However, there are instances that the Action Center suddenly becomes unresponsive for no specific reason. Have you experienced clicking the Notification icon over and over but nothing happens? If in case you are experiencing this kind of problem with your Windows 10 PC, refer to these methods to make your Action Center working again.

OPTION 1: Restart Windows Explorer

Restarting your system can solve most of the problems. If you cannot your system for whatever reason, you can restart the Windows Explorer process. Most of the time, this approach unlocks any locked files and solves the problem.

STEP 1: Right-click on the taskbar, then select Task Manager.

NOTE: Alternatively, you can press the key combination [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Escape] to open the Task Manager.

STEP 2: After opening the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab, then look for Windows Explorer from the list of processes.

STEP 3: Select it, then click the Restart button.

NOTE: As soon as you click on the Restart button, Windows Explorer will restart, and the Action Center should start working again.

If after performing the steps above and your Action Center still doesn’t work, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.

OPTION 2: Rename the UsrClass.dat File

You can also try renaming or deleting the UsrClass.dat file. This is the file where Windows stores all the user profile information.

STEP 1: Press the Windows key + [R] to open the Run command, then type in “%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows” and then press [Enter].

NOTE: By default, the file we are looking for is hidden.

STEP 2: To make it visible, click on the View tab, and then select the box next to Hidden items.

STEP 3: Once the file is visible, select it, then press [F2] on your keyboard, and then rename it like “UsrClass.dat.bak.

STEP 4: When you receive a warning message, click Yes to proceed.

NOTE: If you receive a message saying that the file might be in use, and that you can’t rename or delete it, you need a separate user account.

STEP 5: If you already have a second user account, then log into that account and navigate to the following location in the File Explorer:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows

STEP 6: Don’t forget to replace “<username>” with the username of your original account.

NOTE: If you don’t have another user account, then you can easily create it using the Settings app. Just press Windows + [I], then navigate to Accounts > Family and Other People. Next, click on the option Add someone else to this PC, and then follow the wizard.

STEP 7: Now, try to rename the file again and you should be able to do it with no problem since the file is no longer in use by that user account.

STEP 8: After that, restart your system.

If after performing the steps above and your Action Center still doesn’t work, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.

OPTION 3: Re-register Action Center via PowerShell

STEP 1: Press Windows + [X], then click the option Windows PowerShell (Admin).

STEP 2: After opening the PowerShell, copy and paste this command “Get-AppxPackage | % { Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppxManifest.xml” -verbose }” then hit [Enter].

NOTE: The process may take some time to complete, so patiently wait until Windows is done with the changes.

STEP 3: Once done, restart your system, and check if your Action Center is now working fine.




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