Now that Windows 11 is on wide release, we will start to hear about bugs and issues as Microsoft attempts to roll out a major platform to hundreds of millions of devices. Problems are inevitable, some will be serious and others will be minor bugs. We can file this latest Windows 11 problem as a quirky bug.

Some users are reporting they are getting a hybrid experience of Windows 11 and Windows 10. Specifically, they are reporting they get Windows 11 but with the Windows 10 taskbar. This seems to be happening when users install the platform using Microsoft’s Update Assistant.

If you are unfamiliar with the Update Assistant, it is a tool users can access to do a clean install of Windows 11. This is for those who want a ground-up installation or do not want to wait for Microsoft’s staggered rollout to reach them.


Reddit user Mastermind1703 posted a screenshot to show Windows 11 running with the Windows 10 taskbar. It is also worth noting that the taskbar does not work at all on this install. While it would be easy to cry hoax, other users are also reporting the same issue.

Start Again

There is no fix for this problem other than to bin the install and start from scratch with a new install. It is worth noting Windows 11 is available as an ISO image, so downloading a fresh install is not really a problem beyond being a hassle.

Microsoft has not confirmed the problem or offered any fixes. We expect this is just the start, and a relatively mild bug, of Windows 11 issues that are to come.

Tip of the day: By default, the most used apps group in your start menu shows the six most frequently used apps. However, you can customize your Windows 10 Start Menu to exclude certain apps from the list or get rid of the most used apps section entirely.