Windows 10 Start Menu Issues

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Having issues with Windows can be extremely frustrating. You’re trying to nail down the problem, try a zillion different “maybe” fixes, until you hit the right one that was seemingly innocuous. One of the issues that can plague Windows 10 customers (other than having no sound after updates) is having difficulties with the Start Menu – that’s the one lying beneath the Windows symbol down at the bottom left there. Sometimes the Windows 10 Start Menu issues lie within the Start Menu, and sometimes it lies within Explorer itself.

If your issue is that your Start Menu isn’t working, then read on for our complete list of fixes on how to get it going again.

Fix 1: Log out, then log in again

Simple, but can do the trick. This one doesn’t mean shutting down or restarting, but logging out and logging in again. Try this one first as it’s the easiest!

Fix 2: Reboot with Safe Mode with networking

To reboot with Safe Mode with Networking enabled, press Windows key + R, then in the box type msconfig and click OK. From the next window, click the Boot tab, then the Safe boot checkbox with Network radio select, then OK. On the next window, click on Restart. Once booted, press Windows key + R and then type msconfig and OK again. Select the Boot tab, then deselect Safe boot. Click OK and Restart.

Fix 3: Use Powershell

To use the powershell fix, press Windows key + X, then select “Command Prompt (Admin)”. You’ll need Administrator privileges to do this. Once opened, type powershell and hit the Enter key. Paste this code into powershell then press Enter and wait for the command to run:

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

Fix 4: Use System File Checker

To use System File Checker, press Windows key + X, then select “Command Prompt (Admin)”. When cmd is open, type sfc /scannow into the window and press Enter. Wait for the process to run to completion.

Fix 5: Use Services

To use Services, press the Windows key + R, then type in SERVICES.MSC and press Enter. On the window menu that pops up, right click on Application Identity, then Start. Wait for a few minutes before rebooting your computer.

Fix 6: Do a reinstall of Windows 10

Head to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 and then down to the section labelled “Using the tool to create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) to install Windows 10 on a different PC” and create a bootable USB disk. Reinstall Windows by following the instructions.

Known Issue Fix: Remote Desktop

There is another known issue with the Windows Start Menu. If you Remote Desktop into your computer for longer periods of time, you may find that when you use the actual computer that you’ll need to keep clicking on the Start Menu again and again until it works. Not great, but does he trick until your next long remote desktopping session.

Known Issue Fix: Dropbox

Do you have Dropbox? There is a known issue with some configurations of Dropbox and Windows. Try uninstalling then reinstalling Dropbox to see if it works.

If these fixes don’t rectify your Windows 10 Start Menu issues, make sure to give SafePCKit a go to see if your Start Menu troubles can’t be solved.

 

Julia is an ex software developer turned content writer who has a penchant for tech talk and loves linguistics. Australian born, she now subscribes to the location-independent movement, wandering in search of sunshine, techno, and the perfect espresso martini.

Julia SJ

Julia is an ex software developer turned content writer who has a penchant for tech talk and loves linguistics. Australian born, she now subscribes to the location-independent movement, wandering in search of sunshine, techno, and the perfect espresso martini.