How to Fix Task Manager Visibility bug (Error) in Windows 11 22H2

Ways to solve Windows 11 22H2 Task Manager bug in Windows 11 version 22H2.

Task Manager Visibility bug in Windows 11 22H2

KB5020044 which was previously made available to Release Preview channel is rolled out to Windows 11 22H2 with a large number of bug fixes. This optional update 29/11/2022 has focused on solving game performance glitches and there are feedbacks that the gaming experience is improved to an extent. But several users are complaining about a new problem with Windows update KB5020044 and it is Task Manager Visibility bug.

This bug turns Task Manager UI color to dark, makes text partially unreadable, and affects the appearance of icons located under Processes which looks messed up. Microsoft has acknowledged the problem and appended it to known issues named Task Manager might not display in expected colors. See the solution to another problem – Fix Slow Performance when Copying Multi GB File in Windows 11 22H2 Error.

Task Manager Visibility bug in Windows 11 22H2

Here is how to fix Task Manager Visibility bug (Error) in Windows 11 22H2 –

Way-1: Change Color Mode in Personalization

Official statement about this Task Manager bug in the Known issue section is –

After installing KB5020044, Task Manager might display certain elements in the user interface (UI) in unexpected colors. On affected devices, Task Manager should function as expected but some parts of the UI might not be readable. You might be affected by this issue if you have “Choose your mode” set to “Custom”, in the Personalization -> colors section of Settings. If you are using Dark or Light for the “Choose your mode” setting, you should not be affected by this issue.


Method for mitigation of this issue is also available here and you need to simply follow this –

  1. Right-click on Desktop and select Personalize.
how to fix Task Manager Visibility bug (Error) in Windows 11 22H2
  1. Click on Color.
personalization color settings in 22h2
  1. In Choose your mode section, click on the dropdown and select – Light or Dark.
Task Manager bug in Windows 11 22H2

The Official Statement for mitigation –

Workaround: To mitigate this issue, you can set the “Choose your mode” setting to either Dark or Light until this issue is resolved. To do this, right click or long press on the desktop, select “Personalize”, select “Colors”, and then select either “Dark” or “Light” for “Choose your mode”.

Next steps: We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

If necessary, follow – Windows 10 Update Disable Tool or Top 10 Best Windows update blocker Software for Windows 11.

Way-2: Uninstall KB5020044 to fix Task Manager bug in Windows 11 22H2

One of the easiest methods to solve this issue is to uninstall the update and track the issue for getting an official resolution. Once the bug is settled by an authoritative source you can again install this update.

1] Through Settings

  1. Press Windows and I
  2. Select Windows update in Settings.
  3. Now, click on Update history.
  4. Find KB5020044 on the next Settings page.
  5. Click on – Uninstall.
  6. On the confirmation prompt, click on Yes.
  7. The computer will start a couple of times and the 29 November 2022 cumulative update will be installed.

2] Via Command prompt

If you come across any discomfort when uninstalling KB5020044 from Windows 11 version 22H2 through Settings use the Command prompt for the removal –

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Type cmd.
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
  4. Select Yes on User account control.
  5. After the Command prompt opens up, type wusa /uninstall /kb:5020044 and hit Enter.
  6. Choose Yes on the verification pop-up.

See – How to Uninstall KB5018427 from Windows 11.


Way-1: Change Color Mode in Personalization
Way-2: Uninstall KB5020044 to fix Task Manager bug in Windows 11 22H2

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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.