Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working ? Here’s 5 solutions to Fix It

Did you notice the Windows 10 Start menu not opening or Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working after a recent windows update? While clicking the start button but is your start menu not working? Or is the Start menu stuck and unresponsive? Here are few solutions apply to fix the dead windows 10 Start menu.

Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working

There may be many reasons behind this windows 10 start menu not working problem. Maybe Third-party programs especially the PC optimizers and antivirus corrupted system files or installed updates and any windows services Stopped not responding etc. If Windows 10  Start menu is locking up or becoming generally unresponsive to your PC or laptop, here’s how to fix it.

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Re-register Windows 10 start menu

Open an elevated PowerShell window, to do this right-click on the taskbar and open task manager. Here on task manager click on file -> type cmd and checkmark on create this task with administrative privileges.

Open an elevated PowerShell from taskmanager

Type the following command and press Enter:

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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. After that restart windows and check windows 10 Start menu working properly.

Re-register the Windows 10 start menu

Run Windows 10 Start menu Troubleshooter

Download and run the Windows 10 Start Menu Troubleshooter from Microsoft. And let windows check and fix the problem itself. The troubleshooter checks for the following issues:

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  1. If Start Menu & Cortana applications are installed correctly
  2. Registry key permission issues
  3. Tile database corruption issues
  4. Application manifest corruption issues.

If found any issues, This tool tries to resolve them automatically for you. After completing the troubleshooting process Simply Restart windows and check next time login windows Start menu working fine.

Run the System File Checker

Sometimes corrupted system files cause this issue which results in start menu became unresponsive, windows 10 start menu Stops working. We recommend running the SFC utility to make sure any missing corrupted system files not causing the issue.

To run the System file checker utility again open the command prompt as administrator. As the start menu not working again to open Command prompt open task manager -> file -> type cmd -> checkmark on creating this task with administrative privileges.

Now on the Administrative command prompt type sfc /scannow and hit the enter key. This will start the scanning process for corrupted, missing system files if found any SFC utility restore them from a compressed folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.

Run sfc utility

Wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that Restart windows and check the start menu working properly. If the SFC scan results Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them this indicates a problem. This causes you to need to run the DISM command which repairs the system image and allows SFC to do its job.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

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.

To create a new user account again Open Task Manager 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.

create new user account

Note: 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).

Now log off from the current user account 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.

Check for the latest Windows Update

Microsoft regularly rollout windows updates with a security patch and bug fixes. If any bug causes an issue to install the latest windows updates will very helpful to deal with this issue. You can check and install the latest windows updates from settings -> select Update & security. windows update and check for updates.

Make sure the Application Identity Service is running. To check this press Win + R, type services.msc into the box, and hit enter. Then in the Services windows right-click Application Identity and click Start. Reboot your PC, and your Start menu should be up and running again.

Also, Perform a clean boot to check and identify if any third-party applications causing the issue.

These are some most applicable solutions to fix windows 10 Start menu problems, Such as the windows 10 start menu not working, windows 10 Start menu not opening, Windows 10 Start menu not responding, etc. I hope to apply these solutions resolve the start menu problem, have any queries, suggestions about this post feel free to discuss in the comments below.

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