Start Menu does not open or not working in Windows 10

Some users who upgraded to Windows 10 are finding out that their Start Menu does not open or Start Button is not working. If your Start Menu isn’t working, here are a few troubleshooting steps you may want to try out.

Start Menu does not open in Windows 10

Start Menu & Button not working in Windows 10

Before you proceed, you may want to create a system restore point first, so that you can revert back, if you find that the results are not what you expected.

1] Run the following command in an elevated command prompt, to run the System File Checker.

sfc /scannow

Restart after the scan is over and see if it helped.

2] Repair Windows Image. Open an elevated CMD copy-paste the following and hit Enter

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Restart after the scan is over and see if it helped.

3] Make Start full screen and back. Enable Tablet Mode and Start Screen and then go back. See if this toggling has helped.

4] Use the Windows 10 Start Menu Troubleshooter from Microsoft.

5] Open an elevated PowerShell window.

NOTE: After the November Update, if you use this method  to fix this problem using the Appx PowerShell cmdlet, it may break your Windows Store apps. But if you have installed Windows 10 Anniversary Update, it is working now.

Type the following and press Enter:

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

To open an elevated PowerShell prompt, type PowerShell in taskbar Search, and in the result ‘Windows Powershell’ which appears, right-click and select Run as administrator.

6] Create a new user and see if it helps. To do this, open an elevated command prompt window, type the following and hit Enter:

net user username /add

Here username is your new user name. You will see a The command completed successfully message. Log into your new account and see if has resolved your issue.

NOTE: You may do this, to open a Command Prompt or Powershell window. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager. Click on File menu > Run new task. To open a command prompt window, type cmd. To open a PowerShell prompt, type powershell. Remember to check the Create this task with administrative privileges check-box. Then hit Enter.

If Cortana or Taskbar search is not working, open Task Manager > File menu > Run new task. Type powershell and select the Create this task with administrative privileges check box and click OK. See this post if your Taskbar is not working in Windows 10.

Let us know if anything worked for you or if you have any suggestions to make for the benefit of others.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.