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Windows 10 start menu not opening after October 2020 update? Here how to fix it

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Microsoft Regularly Drop windows Updates with new features, Security improvements and Bug fixes to patch the hole created by third-party applications. Overall Windows Update Are good For Safe and secure your computer. But After the Recent Windows 10 20H2 update Some Users Report Windows 10 start menu not working for them. For some others Start menu not opening or Crashes At startup.

There is a various reason behind this problem such as windows update bugs, corrupted update installation, any third-party application or security software misbehave, Corrupted or missing system etc cause windows 10 start menu stopped working or not responding at startup issue.

Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working

For you Also After Recent update installation, Windows 10 upgrade or After recent change such as security software or third-party application installation. found the windows 10 Start menu not working, Crashes, Freezes or even not opening. Here some applicable solutions to get rid of this.

Restart Windows Explorer

Start with Basic Solution, Restart the Windows Explorer which Restart all Running tasks include the start menu with dependencies on Windows 10. To Restart the Windows explorer Press Alt + Ctrl + Del on the keyboard, on task manager scroll down and look for windows explorer right-click on it and select Restart.

Restart Windows Explorer

Run the Windows Start Menu Repair tool

Microsoft also noticed the Start menu problem for users and Release an Officially Troubleshooting tool to fix windows 10 start menu problems. So before apply other solutions First Run The start menu tool And let windows to fix the problem itself.

Download the Start menu Repair Tool, from Microsoft, run it. And Follow on-screen instructions to scan and repair start menu problems. This will check for bellow errors if find anything this tool will repair itself.

  1.   Any application are incorrectly installed
  2.   Tile database corruption issues
  3.   Application Manifest corruption issue
  4.   Registry Key permissions issues.

Windows 10 Start Menu Trouble shooting tool

Run System File Checker utility

Also corrupted missing system files cause Different problems and may windows Start menu stopped working one of them. Run the System file checker Utility which scans and restores missing system files.

  • To run System File Checker Open Command prompt as administrator,
  • then type sfc /scannow and hit the enter key.
  • This will check for Corrupted, missing system files if found any SFC utility will restore them from a special folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.
  • Wait until 100% complete the scanning process After that Restart windows and check The start menu working.

system file checker tool

If the System file checker Results system scan windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to repair them then Run The DISM Tool which repairs the Windows system image and enables SFC to do its job.

Re-register Windows apps

If all the above methods failed to fix the start menu problem, Then Re-register the Start menu app To Default Setup by the following below. This is the most applicable solution fix most of Start menu related problems.

To Re-register the Start menu we need to first open the windows power shell (Admin). As the start menu not working we need to open this on a different way. open Taskmanager by press Alt + Ctrl + Del, click on file -> Run new task -> type PowerShell ( And checkmark create this task with administrative privileges and click ok.

open power shell from taskmanager

Now Here On Power shell window type below command and press the enter key.

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

Re-register the Windows 10 start menu

Wait until to execute the command, And if you get Any Red lines just ignore. After that close, the PowerShell, Restart your system and you should have the working start menu on next time login.

Create a new user account

Also, create a new user Account get a Default setup the windows apps include the windows 10 start menu. To create a new users account again open power shell as administrator from Taskmanager then type the command below to create new user account.

netuser NewUsername NewPassword /add

You’ll need to replace NewUsername and NewPassword with the username and password you want to use.
For example The command is: net user kumar p@$$word /Add

create user account using power shell

Now Restart windows and Login With New Created User Check the Problem is Solved.

If all of the above methods failed to fix the problem then perform System Restore. which revert back your windows settings to the previous working state where windows working smoothly.

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