Has your Windows 10 Start menu stopped working? How to fix it

Posted: March 16, 2018 in win tricks

The Start Menu is where everything is on Windows so it can be quite frustrating if it suddenly stops working – and can make it near impossible to get anything done on your PC.

The much-loved feature made a welcome return in Windows 10 but freezes and other issues have been reported by a number of users. If you’re experiencing one of these bugs, try the solutions we’ve set out below and hopefully your Start Menu will be up and running like normal again.

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1. Launch Task manager

Press the [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Del] keys on your keyboard at the same time – alternatively, right-click the Taskbar. Then select Task manager.

1. Launch Task manager

2. Run a new Windows task

When the Task manager window opens, click the More details option to expand it, then select Run new task from the File menu.

2. Run a new Windows task

3. Run Windows PowerShell

When the Run new task dialogue box opens, type powershell, tick the box for Create this task with administrative privileges and click OK.

3. Run Windows PowerShell

4. Run the System File Checker

Type sfc /scannow into the window and press the [Return] key. The scan may take some time and will end with one of three results. Windows did not find any integrity violations and Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and repaired them mean there are now no corrupt files, but Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some (or all) of them indicates a problem.

In this latter case, type (or copy and paste) DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth into the PowerShell window and press the [Return] key. This will download files from Windows Update to replace the corrupt ones and, again, this may take some time.

4. Run the System File Checker

Reinstall all Windows apps

Downloading and reinstalling all Windows 10 apps reportedly fixes a stuck Start menu. This isn’t as drastic as it sounds — ‘Windows apps’ are the ones built into Windows 10 and available from the Windows Store. They used to be called ‘Modern’ apps and, before that, ‘Metro’ — Microsoft just changed the name to Windows 10.

Better still, the reinstallation is automatic and should only take a few minutes. The process might delete any data you have saved in these Windows apps, though, so back up anything important before you begin.

Apps that store data online, in Microsoft OneDrive or as files in a separate folder (such as the Photos app) should be unaffected.

Warning: Recent reports indicate that this process may cause some Windows Store apps to stop working, so be mindful of this before continuing.

1. Reinstall Windows apps

Launch the Task manager and open a new PowerShell window with administrative privileges, as explained above.

When the Windows PowerShell window opens copy the line below and paste it into the PowerShell window by simply right-clicking at the blinking PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> prompt, or by pressing [Ctrl] + [V] on the keyboard:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Wait until the app download and installation process completes — ignore any red text that appears — and restart Windows.

1. Reinstall Windows apps

Create a new user account

If reinstalling Windows apps doesn’t work, creating a new user account usually will. If you’re currently using a Microsoft account, your settings will also transfer to the new account once you upgrade it from the default local account. You’ll need to transfer your local files from one account to the other in all cases, though. Your installed software won’t be affected.

1. Launch Task manager

Open Task manager (see above) and select Run new task from its File menu.

Tick the box for Create this task with administrative privileges and type net user NewUsername NewPassword /add in the box.

You’ll need to replace NewUsername and NewPassword with the username and password you want to use — neither can contain spaces and the password is case sensitive (i.e. capital letters matter).

1. Launch Task manager

 

2. Log into the new account

Restart Windows and log into the new user account. The Start menu should now work, so you can change the new local account to a Microsoft account, and transfer your files and settings.

2. Log into the new account

 

Refresh your PC

As a last resort, you can ‘refresh’ your Windows 10 installation, which is much the same as reinstalling the operating system. Your documents won’t be affected, but you’ll need to reinstall any applications that aren’t part of Windows.

 

1. Restart Windows in Troubleshooting mode

Close any open applications and press the [Windows] + [L] keys to log out of your Windows account — or just restart Windows. On the login screen, click the Powericon at the bottom right, hold down the [Shift] key and select the Restart option.

1. Restart Windows in Troubleshooting mode

 

2. Reset your PC

When the blue Choose an option screen appears, click Troubleshoot, followed by Reset this PC. finally, click the Keep my files option and follow the on-screen instructions.

2. Reset your PC

2. Reset your PC

2. Reset your PC

Run Windows Update

Microsoft rolled out its fourth major update to Windows 10 in October 2017, known as the Fall Creators Update.

The company hasn’t stated whether it would fix any of the Start Menu issues specifically, but a few visual tweaks were made which could iron out the problems.

The Fall Creators Update should be rolled out to your machine automatically, but if it hasn’t landed yet you can force it to come through now.

Simply go to Settings and select Update & security.

Pushing the Anniversary Update through on Windows 10

Then click on the Check for updates button and the Anniversary Update should come through.

Pushing the Anniversary Update through on Windows 10

we hope this tutorial may help you.

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Posted by Shubham ;)

 

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Comments
  1. wilhelm prince says:

    help me out here my pc was sollen and it still locked how can i acccess its location when someone tries to turn it on

    On Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 6:07 PM, Shubham’s blog wrote:

    > shubham posted: ” The Start Menu is where everything is on Windows so it > can be quite frustrating if it suddenly stops working – and can make it > near impossible to get anything done on your PC. The much-loved feature > made a welcome return in Windows 10 but freezes and o” >

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