Sorry in advance for the length of the post.
List of issues
All icons missing from taskbar including the clock and keyboard language switcher
Cannot open start menu (have tried windows key and taskbar button)
Taskbar is still visible over fullscreen webcontent.
Have tested fullscreen videos on youtube vessel facebook, and fullscreen website in chrome.
Does not affect games tested assassins creed 4 and just cause 2
Alt-Tab is in windows classic theme.
Aero peak previews desktop when I hover over it, but does not switch to desktop when I click
While trying to solve issues, I clicked on the button to customise the notication area int the taskbar proderties. And got this error message.
Audio and video playback periodically stops.
Tested on youtube, vessel, facebook and in spotify.
When I tried to play the content both youtube and spotify spat out error messages (see image section at end). Vessel and facebook just continue trying to load the videos to no avail.
What I've done
Tried restarting windows explorer
Ran a virus scan through avast which found nothing.
Ran second scan through malware bytes which found one piece of malware.
Windows 10 64bit
Intel e3 1231 v3
Asrock h97 annivesary
Zotac gtx 970
16gb of ram
256gb adata ssd
2tb seagete hdd
500w evga psu
The problems started right after I installed a bunch of mods for skyrim. The mods were all from nexus.