Recently, my SURFACE stopped opening program icons from the desktop and taskbar after startup and password entry. The only program that will open from the taskbar is the FILE MANAGER. Anyone else experienced this hang-up...solutions??
You could have some corrupt system files. Can you right click the start button? I had the same issue as with the taskbar. I had to boot into Safe Mode and run the command prompt as administrator and run this command SFC /SCANNOW. This will do a scan and attempt to fix corrupt Windows system files. Once it completed I rebooted and i had access to the taskbar again.