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Start Menu Not Working in Windows 10? Here’s How To Fix It

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Windows 10 Start Menu not working is one problem a user may likely encounter after upgrading your PC. If you have a victim of this and want to fix it yourself, then here is a complete guide for you. So, if your start menu not working windows 10. We’ve compiled clear and comprehensive steps accompanied by clear pictures for you to follow and fix this yourself.

Below is what the Windows 10 Start Menu usually looks like;

There are several methods you can go about fixing this minor fault on your PC and will share some of them here for you.

Method 1: – Restarting

This is usually the first step you take if your PC malfunctions. In other cases other than ‘Start Menu Not Working’, you simply head to the start Menu and then restart. Meanwhile, here you have to do so manually by long-pressing your power button and waiting until it completely shuts down.

Power it on after a few seconds and sign-in to the user section, then click on the Start Menu once again. This works perfectly in some cases. However, if the problem persists, then follow other methods below.

Method 2: – Index Rebuilding

This provides an awesome solution to this problem. Rebuilding your index manually eliminates any corrupt file within the system automatically. It involves an easy and straight forward process. Here is how you go about it;

I. Go to your ‘Control Panel’ and switch to ‘Large Icons’ at the top right corner of your screen. Below is what your screen should look like after switching to ‘Large Icons’.

ii. Click on ‘Indexing Option’, Then ‘Advanced

Iii. Lastly, click on the ‘Rebuild’ button in the Advanced Option Window Pop-Up, Then ‘Ok’.

This may take some time is the response you will get from the system. Give it a bit of time for the process to complete. Now your start Menu works perfectly.


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Method 3: – Cortana Reinstallation

The wrong installation of Cortana is one of those reasons Windows 10 Start Menu is not working. However, you can reinstall it with our simple guide here.

i. First, Right-click on your at the bottom of your desktop and then click on ‘Task Bar’.

ii. In the pop-up window, select ‘File or right-click on any available program running. Select ‘Run New Task’

iii. With the new interface, Type in ‘powershell’. That will automatically highlight the little box below with ‘Create this task with administrative privileges’ description. Remember to tick it and click ‘Ok’.

iv. The next step is copying and pasting the following code.

Get-AppXPackage -Name Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMo
de -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

This is what the next window should look like with the code inside;

In some cases, the code may not work perfectly, then you copy and paste the one below;

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

v. At this point, your Cortana is perfectly installed and your Start Menu should be working as well.

Method 4 – New User Creation

Another simple method of fixing the Start Menu not responding on Windows 10 is the “New User Creation” method. It goes as simple as the once we earlier explained. However, if the once you tried before aren’t working then this is another simple method to method.

i. Remember you have no access to the Start Area. So, simply right-click on the lower part of your desktop, then Click on ‘Task Manager’.

ii. Type in ‘powershell’ on the new interface. That will automatically highlight the little box below with ‘Create this task with administrative privileges’ Remember to tick it and click ‘Ok’.

iii. Copy and paste the following code in the new window before pressing ‘Enter’ manually on your keyboard.

Net user    newusername   newpassword  /add

Like you’ve seen above, we selected a unique username and password. You can also do same.

iv. Now restart your PC and log sign-in with the new account. Congrats your ‘Start Menu’ should be working perfectly now.

Method 5: The Command Line Utility Method

Here is another possible method to go about solving the Start Menu not working problem. This seems to be one of the most effective hence dangerous methods of solving this problem. We advise you backup any file you can’t afford losing before attempting this method.

This process involves a file check. Looking for a possibly corrupt file(s) and deleting.

i. Open a task window by clicking the lower part of your desktop Or, press ‘Ctri + Shift + Esc’ at the same time.

ii. Type in cmd in the new window as shown below. Tick the box below it with the caption ‘Create this task with administrative privileges’, then ‘Ok’.

iii. Now, type in this command “ sfc /scannow”. Then click ‘Enter’ on your keyboard.

This will take some time before the scanning is completed. Wait for its completion. Then, your windows Start Menu should start working properly.

Those are the few ways you can fix this issue on your Windows 10.


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