Windows 8 Hot Corners and Edges not working.


  • All my hot corners and edges have stopped working since the windows 8.1 update. Not really affecting the pc performance but it was a useful feature I miss. Don't suppose anyone can help?

    (checked the pc settings as well, and the features are enabled).

    Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:08 PM

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  • Hi,

    Please check these settings:

    right click the task bar, click properties, under "Taskbar and Navigation properties" window, make sure check "When I point to the upper-right corner, show the charms" checkbox checked.

    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, November 15, 2013 9:47 AM
  • I did check this boxes - they were "On",

    still all hot corners are disabled.


    Thursday, December 05, 2013 7:49 AM
  • I have the same problem.. when windows starts everything is ok but after 5-10 minutes hot corners stop working suddenly.. all the needed settings are done correctly but still this problem is ongoing.. anybody knows why it's happening ? please help because it's so annoying , i always use hot corners.
    Thursday, March 13, 2014 5:53 AM
  • Here is something that worked for me on a Dell Venue 8 with this issue -reset touchscreen calibration. Might require a reboot. All features were restored for me.

    Wednesday, April 09, 2014 3:14 AM
  • Same for me... I need to log out and log in to make them working again.
    Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:10 PM
  • Same here, glitchy behaviour

    • Edited by Erwin Ried Monday, April 28, 2014 3:59 PM
    Monday, April 28, 2014 3:58 PM
  • Same guess they still havent fixed it
    Monday, April 28, 2014 8:08 PM
  • I also have this problem too. All my corners and the start button on the taskbar will not work. I will have to restart explorer to get it to work again but it will not work after a few hours.
    Monday, May 05, 2014 1:13 AM
  • Exactly the same problem here! All works fine for about half an hour and then nothing! Mikrosoft fix it as soon as possible!
    Monday, May 05, 2014 11:51 AM
  • Same thing is happening to me, too. Windows 8.1 - all updates are current. When I go into metro mail I can't get out of it except for hitting the windows key on the keyboard - You can't drag from to top to close it OR use the corner start button. Very annoying.

    Thursday, May 08, 2014 2:23 AM
  • I'm having the same issue, and like you, I've got the proper checkbox in.  Very bothersome.  I liked being able to access the menus from either of my two desktop screens.  The functionality of 8 is very addicting.  To strip it out in 8.1 is gut-wrenching to say the least -- like having a limb lopped off.
    Thursday, May 08, 2014 7:54 PM
  • Same problem here. All of the relevant taskbar options are the way they should be. 

    I've had so many problems with Windows 8/8.1, but this is the first time the feature MS hyped the most stopped working completely. Very disappointing.

    Thursday, May 08, 2014 8:00 PM
  • step 1. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUI

    step 2. Set both DisableTLCorner and DisableTRCorner to the data value of 1

    step 3. exit and Restart computer

    step 4. Your Welcome

    Friday, May 09, 2014 2:48 AM
  • step 1. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUI

    step 2. Set both DisableTLCorner and DisableTRCorner to the data value of 1

    step 3. exit and Restart computer

    step 4. Your Welcome

    nothing happend man... same problem :(
    Friday, May 09, 2014 1:34 PM
  • step 1. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUI

    step 2. Set both DisableTLCorner and DisableTRCorner to the data value of 1

    step 3. exit and Restart computer

    step 4. Your Welcome

    Nothing changed. 
    Friday, May 09, 2014 2:26 PM

  • step 1. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUI

    step 2. Set both DisableTLCorner and DisableTRCorner to the data value of 0

    step 3. exit and Restart computer

    Try this option and everything is ok :)

    Reg Image

    Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:47 PM
  • Same problem here. Most Modern UI stuff dead. Can't drag and drop apps, can't close an App once opened, corners not working.

    Have to do everything via task manager or right click Start menu.

    Only occurred after last update so I guess they broke something.

    • Edited by MSmash Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:09 PM
    Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:08 PM
  • I have this issue since the most recent update week May 12 2014, I applied the update this morning. I am surprised to see the dates on this thread go back to 2013. It works for a short time after a reboot and then quits. The windows key will allow me to switch between home and desktop screen, but all hot corners and edges are not working. Changing the settings recommended in this thread have no impact on the symptom.
    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:23 PM
  • I've got the exact same problem as everyone else here, too. What's up with this? I've actually contacted Microsoft and they can't help.


    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 12:30 AM
  • Same issue here. Rebooting temporarily fixes it but it eventually comes back. Having to search my computer to get into some things instead of using the corners is getting old. I've tried everything in this thread and then some. Only started a couple of weeks ago. The only programs I've used today before it started were Chrome in desktop mode and Explorer to transfer some files to my NAS.
    Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:53 AM
  • Here is something that worked for me on a Dell Venue 8 with this issue -reset touchscreen calibration. Might require a reboot. All features were restored for me.

    This is very similar to me! I assume most of the people who get this problem have a pc/device that is touchscreen. This fixed it for me completely! Start button -> Run Device Manager -> Drop down Human Interface Devices. One of the listings should say touchscreen. Right click and uninstall it, then restart your pc. Walla! Fixed. :) Your computer will automatically reinstall the touchscreen on its own when you restart so don't worry.
    Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:03 AM
  • Nope, I use a regular screen with mouth and keyboard but still have the same problem :/
    Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:26 AM
  • Having the same issue with mine also. I like windows 8.1 but the update has definitely caused a glitch for many of us. Sometimes you just never appreciate what you have until it's gone.. and that is certainly true about these hot corners when they glitch out

    Friday, May 23, 2014 2:13 AM
  • Still hasn't been fixed. Microsoft *sigh*. It's definitely a glitch that has appeared in the spring update for me. Needs to logout/restart to make them work again. Tried the performance UI settings to disable animations of the charms, does not do the trick either. I can't get the charms bar showing up in *any* corner on the screen.

    • Edited by jBrianj2 Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:54 AM
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 12:53 AM
  • Same issues here.  I also have had problems with dragging and dropping since the update.  After finding no fix, I thought it was intended to get people use the send/move to function.  More researching led me here. 

    Once again, bad timing MS.  The Gf was in the market for her 1st computer so I sent her to your competition.  Last time I recommended the competition was the Vista fiasco a decade ago.  I believe every one of those people still use the competing product.  I imagine my gf will also continue to use their products as will I if this doesn't get sorted soon. 

    Saturday, May 24, 2014 3:25 AM
  • This happens all the time. Sadly, not only it affects the hot corners, but the "access from anywhere taskbar" feature stops working and the new title bars on the metro apps stops working as well. To fix it:

    1. Control+Shift+Esc to open task manager

    2. Under processes, below Windows processes, select Windows Explorer and End task

    3. The taskbar will disappear. Then, in the menu bar, go to File->Run new task

    4. In the new window type explorer.exe and then Ok

    The taskbar will reappear and all the affected features will work again.

    However, it is very sad for the users to do this procedure every time this happens. I'm waiting for a fix soon.


    A faster way, as noted by jBrianj2, is this one:

    1. Control+Shift+Esc to open task manager

    2. Under processes, below Windows processes, right click Windows Explorer, and click "Restart".

    The taskbar will dissappear and then appear, with the problem fixed.

    • Proposed as answer by Dr. James Saturday, May 24, 2014 6:48 PM
    • Edited by Dr. James Sunday, May 25, 2014 6:49 AM New way
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 3:31 AM
  • ^This works. What a odd issue, first time it has happened.
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 4:29 AM
  • You don't have to End Task, Run New Task.

     Just click Windows Explorer and press "restart"

    Restarting explorer.exe did the trick Dr. James :)

    • Edited by jBrianj2 Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:55 AM
    • Proposed as answer by Erd Rowlands Saturday, May 24, 2014 7:17 PM
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:53 AM
  • *sigh* One of the main features that MS tries to show off and it's not dependable.  What is this company coming to?
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 6:51 PM
  • Yep, as may other users have posted, I also get this issue.  Intermittently and very occasionally, although I notice it occurs sometimes a metro app has been opened.  

    Thanks DR James for the tip, also jBrianj2 's variation was certainly easier.  

    Microsoft, fix this glitchy behavior please!  :) 
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 7:16 PM
  • Thanks for the remedy, Dr. James, but what's really needed is a fix.

    Shame that one of the most touted (and useful) features got shipped with a bug.

    Sunday, May 25, 2014 2:48 AM
  • Thank you, restarting Explorer worked. 

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014 7:17 PM
  • Worked, thanks! :)

    Microsoft should really fix this, not us. :S

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:59 AM
  • thank you so much this trick worked.
    Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:37 AM
  • Works great as a fix, but MS please issue a permafix!
    Thursday, May 29, 2014 5:30 PM
  • Oddly, this worked a treat for me. Thank you.
    Friday, May 30, 2014 10:28 AM
  • I thought that I accidentally changed a setting so was odd to see that those navigation properties were not turned off.  Thanks for this fix.  Super fast and easy for a non-tech like me.
    Sunday, June 01, 2014 1:02 PM
  • Open up Notepad, copy this in and save it as ResetCorners.cmd. You can run it as a program to reset the corners quickly, but Microsoft should issue a fix.

    @echo off
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    start explorer.exe

    Saturday, June 07, 2014 5:37 PM
  • Same problem here happens both on my Laptop and Desktop.... MS better fix this. ._.
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:49 PM
  • same here, latest win 8.1 update 1 with all updates installed...
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 9:59 AM
  • Finish explorer.exe task is not a good solution, although it works.

    What can we do to make microsoft fix this problem?

    Thursday, June 12, 2014 7:24 AM
  • Microsoft Seriously messed up Explorer.exe with 8.1...first shortcut icons dissapear and then this.
    Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:35 PM
  • I have the same problem.. it happens to me after 5 minutes sometimes and others half an hour but it always happens that the hot corners stop working. I always used hot corners and found them the best part of win 8. These problems began when my computer had the update the tried to combine the metro apps to the desktop. I really hope Microsoft fix this soon as it has been going on to long.
    Friday, June 13, 2014 4:22 AM
  • It's weird for me because it doesn't work on my main monitor but it works on me second one... 
    Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:50 PM
  • Thats weird O.o
    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7:55 PM
  • Same problem for me. It's doing it on my desktop, laptop and even Surface RT. It is certainly triggered by something, but it's impossible to pin down. 
    Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:21 PM
  • This just happened to me.........restarting windows explorer worked.........

    Charms bar/hot corners periodically will just not work.....even with a glad this helped. Microsoft please fix . ;0)

    Friday, June 20, 2014 1:11 AM
  • Thank you for this tip. Funny how Microsoft can't fix the glitch, but users could. I tried that registry fix as previously mentioned to no avail, but just restarting explorer in the task manager worked for me. Thanx again.
    Monday, June 23, 2014 6:26 PM
  • It's a temporary solution though.We need a permanent hehe :(
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:02 PM
  • how is this still not fixed?

    Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:18 AM
  • I lost my hot corners and edges ten to fifteen minutes in from updating to windows 8.1, and now my touch pad doesn't work. Everyone below this says how to do stuff but they don't say where to go to enter the settings, i can't even do anything with my laptop anymore. I even tried getting a new laptop, it did nothing, completely wasted my time and money. I'm so pissed off right now.
    Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:44 AM
  • Where is the task bar?
    Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:46 AM
  • I'm starting to think that windows actually is crap, and that i should switch to Apple.
    Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:48 AM
  • How do you log out and log back in, if your hot corners and edges aren't working?
    Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:49 AM
  • Imagine not even having the start button on your keyboard working, very painful with the headache that i have.
    Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:50 AM
  • where do you go to plug in step 1, because i cant get to the start menu at all.
    Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:52 AM
  • <Ctrl>-<Alt>-<Del> pick Sign out.

    Bob Comer
    Sunday, June 29, 2014 12:49 PM
  • Nickf32's solution works the best for me, but another to the list of people this is happening to, me.
    Sunday, July 06, 2014 12:41 AM
  • Update just came out and it didn't fix the problem. Is there any way to file a bug report to Microsoft? (In fact, this bug has plagued every Windows 8 computer I've EVER used. Why hasn't someone gotten on this???)
    • Edited by Nickf32 Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:26 PM adding
    Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:23 PM
  • Yeah the latest updates didnt fix anything..
    Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:20 PM
  • Yeah the latest updates didnt fix anything..
    I don't know if this happens in a tablet. Maybe that's why, I very rarely use any 'modern' app

    Thursday, July 17, 2014 2:36 AM
  • I don't know if this happens in a tablet.

    Seems to have more to do with your pointer device.  E.g. keyboard shortcuts always work?


    But if it is related to a driver why does restarting explorer.exe work?  Re-initialization done then starts clean queues?

    The thing that makes this hard to pin down is its sporadic nature.  No one has a repro procedure that is traceable.  Someone had a dump in that other thread showing a common Stack Back Trace but who knows how to read that?

    Robert Aldwinckle

    Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:23 PM
  • I dont think microsoft is gonna fix this bug right now,because there is an update coming for 8.1 which will include the new start menu which might resolve the bug!
    Monday, July 28, 2014 9:29 PM
  • Here is something that worked for me on a Dell Venue 8 with this issue -reset touchscreen calibration. Might require a reboot. All features were restored for me.

    Resetting calibration resolved this problem for me on a Lenovo A series  (Control Panel > Tablet PC Settings > Display Options > Reset button).  Immediate effect, no reboot required.
    Saturday, August 02, 2014 9:09 PM
  • Ok, here's the solution.

    1. start the "Task Manager" (right clickon taskba, select task manager)

    2. right click on windows explorer task, "end task" it.

    3. Now roll down to the bottom of "Taks Manager", in "Windows processes" there's again the "WindowsExplorer", right click on it and chosse "Restart"

    and the corners working again (I don't know how long :))

    Thursday, August 07, 2014 6:47 AM
  • Hello, I haven't had this problem in a while. Apparently the last updates fixed it. Will report if I find it again.

    UPDATE: Nope, spoke too soon. It stills happens randomly.

    UPDATE 2: Oh, my God. Now even the 'Start' button on the desktop doesn't work. This is worst than ever.
    • Edited by Dr. James Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:50 AM
    Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:23 AM
  • even the 'Start' button on the desktop doesn't work

    But only using a pointer device?  Try using your keyboard.  E.g. this assumes you have at least one MUF app open to cause your App switcher to be shown:  Win-Ctrl-Tab, Backtab.  Nothing happens if I don't have a MUF app to switch to.  Actually the one that I like better is  Win-T, Backtab, Backtab.  That turns the Start button yellow but then inexplicably the only thing I am allowed to do with it (using the keyboard) is press Alt-Space.  So, by then typing C that's a new Shut down procedure!  Who knew?  But perhaps using either would be enough to free your pointer back into action?

    Robert Aldwinckle

    Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:06 PM
  • EdgeUI does not exist for me. Windows 8.

    Had the same problems. Restarted explorer.exe. That worked ... so far.

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9:47 PM
  • I think I can replicate the problem.

    Open a metro app (eg. Skype or Mail). Minimize it with the title bar introduced in Windows 8.1 Update 1. Switch to the desktop.

    Put the computer to sleep. Then wake the computer up.

    Click the metro app you minimized on the taskbar to maximize it. After this, usually the "access from anywhere taskbar" feature stops working.

    I hope this helps for anyone wanting to replicate this issue.


    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 5:43 AM
  • hope this helps for anyone wanting to replicate this issue.

    That didn't have the intended effect for me at least with a mouse.  Something odd happened though while doing it.  Minimizing the MUF app using the Minimize button in the new "title" bar just switched me to another MUF app?  Is that expected?  I thought we were supposed to go to Desktop for these operations.  So that made it awkward to get to Desktop.  Perhaps you should specify how we should get to Desktop after the Minimize step?  Other than that following the rest of your script was uneventful but as indicated not what I assume you were expecting me to see. 

    Another difference that I have which may be relevant:  my Taskbar is two lines since I use Auto-Hide with it there is no loss of space and it makes it more usable--once I can get it up again.  When I have too much difficulty trying to raise it any other way I always use  Win-T.

    Working with my pen is still problematic but that has always been flakey.  Once I can get to my Desktop even it can be used to raise the Taskbar.

    Something else that may have happened from this is that it seems I now have a permanent horizontal scrollbar for my Start Screen.  That's handy for the pen but ugly so it would be nice to know how to make that go away.  Heh.  Simply pressing the Surface Logo button was enough to change that.  Not completely.  It is still there lurking as soon as I swipe sideways on it.  Less apparent if I swipe vertically but who knows if I am swiping exactly vertically each time?  E.g. maybe some horizontal component to my swipe is enough to make that bar start to become apparent again?  Have I mentioned that I never really like Adventure?  ; }

    Robert Aldwinckle

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:54 PM
  • This might help you

    step 1 : Open "Task Manager"

    step 2 : Find "Windows Explorer" in "Processes -> Windows Processes"

    step 3 : Right click and restart

    Have a great day..!

    Tuesday, September 09, 2014 11:24 AM
  • This might help you permanently solved my problem in windows 8

    first click disable reg file

    then click enable reg file

    then restart computer

    • Edited by yusufbozar Saturday, September 13, 2014 11:00 AM
    Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:55 AM
  • I think I finally got how to reproduce this problem.

    The computer must be doing something that creates a 100% Disk Usage: this can be seen from the Task maanger.

    Luckily, there is something that *always* creates a 100% disk usage, at least in not-so-powerful PCs: creating a MP4 file from Movie Maker.

    So download, install, and open Movie Maker. Import a video file and go to File->Save movie->High definition screen. Choose a location to save, and let the PC do the job. This will take some time.

    But in that time, this glitch may happen. Disk usage will come up to 100%. The "access from anywhere taskbar" may stop working.

    Sunday, September 14, 2014 5:43 AM