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How to Fix Start Menu on Windows 10 Not Working

The comeback of the Start Menu on Windows 10 gives users a reason to celebrate, what with it being the fastest and easiest way to get things done in the latest operating system. Unfortunately, it had some issues that will cause it to stop working.

If you’re experiencing the same problem, don’t worry. There are solutions to concerns, such as:

  • Start button not opening
  • Search box freezing
  • Start Menu not working

These problems and more may be caused by a sort of bug. Good thing there are solutions available. Although they are not a guaranteed fix, some of them should do the trick.

Check for corrupt Windows files and repair them

Start Menu stuck? This could be caused by corrupted Windows files that wreak havoc to your computer. Here’s how to fix the problem.

  1. Launch Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del at the same time.
  2. On the Task Manager dialog box, click More details.
  3. Click on File > Run new task.
  4. On The Run new task dialog box, type powershell. Make sure to tick the box next to Create this task with administrative privileges before you click OK.
  5. On the Windows Powershell type sfc /scannow and press Enter (Return key).
  6. Wait for the scan to complete and return results, which will be any of the 3:
  • Windows did not find any integrity violations

This means there are no corrupt files and is not the cause for the Start Menu not working.

  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and repaired them

This means there were corrupt files found but have already been fixed. Start should run properly.

  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some (or all) of them

This means the corrupt files were not fixed and the problem remains. As a solution type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter. This will download Windows update files to replace the corrupted ones.

If the problem persists after checking and repairing corrupt Windows files, you can try any of the following:

Create a new user account

This is another way to resolve Start Menu not working. The only downside is that you need to transfer your local files from the old account to the new one before you can access them.

Reinstall Windows apps

There are reported risks to reinstalling all Windows 10 apps, although the process is not that drastic. So put off reinstalling all Windows 10 apps as much as possible.

Refresh Windows 10 installation

Consider this as a last resort, as this is virtually reinstalling your operating system. Not only will this process take a while to complete, but you also have to reinstall any applications that are not part of the operating system.

Run Windows update

In April 2017, Microsoft has rolled out the third major Windows 10 update called the Creators Update. It is unknown whether this update will fix issues on the Start Menu specifically, but it could work. After all, updates often come with bug fixes.

Moreover, Windows 10 updates may come with features you don’t want to miss. So might as well take advantage of them.

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