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How To Fix Start Menu Not Working on Windows 10

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Start Menu Not Working

On popular demand, Microsoft brought back the Start menu in Windows 10 after its long absence in Windows 8. But somehow the users could not rejoice boundlessly as it started to misbehave from the very beginning. Microsoft has released quite a few updates of the Windows version but the common problem regarding Start menu not working is still prevalent. Sometimes, it does not appear on clicking the Start button, sometimes it freezes while some other time, users receive error messages. If you are a victim of such a problem, you need to try out the following ways to fix it.

How To Fix Start Menu Not Working on Windows 10?

The first precautionary step before going for any troubleshooting is to take a backup of your system. When Windows starts to misbehave, most of the times it may so happen that some of the files have got corrupted. While recovering them, other files may start to get corrupt, and Windows may not open the next time. Therefore, it is always wise to take a backup of your system before moving any further just to protect your files and data.

Reboot Your System –

This is a try-your-luck method where it is always recommended to reboot your system and see if that cures your problem. Sometimes, it works magically and hence, before doing any real troubleshooting, you need to try it out. Running a computer continuously for days without restarting can corrupt a file or two, and the OS may start misbehaving.

Therefore, press the reboot button, see if your problem is still there or not and then move to the next method.

Update Your System –

Sometimes, the common problems are solved in the latest update patch. Windows 10 automatically updates the system with the latest version, but still, you need to check whether that is the case.

Press Windows + R, run dialog box will open and type ms-settings: and press Ok button.

In the new screen, click on Update & Security. Click on the button Check For Updates in the new screen.

Pushing the Anniversary Update through on Windows 10

If there is a new version available, it will ask you to restart your system so that it can make the update. If this does not solve the problem, try the next method.

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Sign Out Of Old Account And Create A New One –

Sometimes, signing out of your user account and signing back again can solve your problem.

Press Ctrl+Alt+ Del Combo and select Sign out option from the new screen that appears.

Sign back again and see if the problem is fixed or not. If not, create a new user account.

  • Press Windows+ R and type ms-settings: and press Enter button.
  • From the next screen, click on Accounts. You will find the option Family & other users on the left menu of the new screen. Click on that.
  • Then click on Add someone else to this PC under Other Users section.

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  • In the next screen, you will find the option ‘I don’t have this person’s sign-in information’ towards the bottom of the screen. Click on that.
  • Then select Add a user with a Microsoft account and add username, password and press Finish button.

Now, you need to make this account an Admin account.

So, go back to Settings> Family & other users and under Others users, you will see the new user you created.

Select that and click on Change account type. Then choose Administration and click on Ok button.

Now, you need to restart and log into with the new account and see if the problem is fixing.

Fixing With Powershell

If creating a new Admin account did not solve your problem, Powershell is your next stop.

Press Windows + R on your keyboard and type PowerShell in the Run dialog box. Below that, you will see a checkbox which you need to enable to open Powershell with Admin privileges.

Once Powershell opens, type the following.

This will reinstall all Windows apps, and corrupted files and programs will be removed. Restart your computer, and it is very likely to solve the problem.

Alternatively, you can run the System File Checker to fix any corrupted file. Type “sfc/scannow” in the powershell. If it finds a problem or corrupted file, you need to reset your system.

Reset Your System

Reset Your System

Press Windows + R. Select Update and Security option from the new screen. Select Recovery from the right menu. In the right screen, you will find the heading Reset this PC. Under it, click on the button Get Started. Resetting your system can sometimes lead to system corruption, and hence, we should do it only when none of the above method works.

Alternatively, you can disable your third-party anti-virus software, give your system a restart and check whether the problem is solved. Sometimes, it is due to compatibility issue with Windows 10 and third-party software that create a problem.

Hope the article helped to solve your problem. Stay tuned for more such useful articles.

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