Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Windows 10 Start Menu or Cortana not Working ? Here’s How to Fix It

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Start Menu is the most useful feature of Microsoft Windows, it allows us to quickly access settings and apps.

Critical Error – Start menu and Cortana aren’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next time you sign in

Start menu disappeared, “not responding “, or “Critical Error”  ? Don’t worry, We will help you get your Windows 10 Start Menu back.

Way 1: Re-logging

Re-logging means Sign out and Login again.

Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete , Click Sign out

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Type the password and login again

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Now, Start menu works all right? If not, keep reading and try other methods below

Way 2: Safe Mode

See: How to Boot into Safe Mode (4 Ways)

Press Windows + R, type msconfig

Way 2: System Configuration (msconfig.exe)Select Boot > Safe boot > Network or Minimal > OK

2 Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

Restart your computer and you will boot into Safe Mode. Go into the System Configuration window just like you did to get into Safe Mode, uncheck “Safe boot” , click OK, restart your computer, and your Start menu may live again.

2 Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

Way 3: Create New Account 

Right-click the taskbar and click Task Manager

Or Press Ctrl + Shift + Escape

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

File > Run new task

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Type powershell and tick the checkbox

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Type:  net user username password /add

Press Enter

We are using the username “techhelp” and password “techhelpday” as an example

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

 

Restart your computer and login with the new account. If the start menu works, chang your account to Microsoft account and  transfer your settings and files.

Or log back in to your old account, open Control Panel > System > Advanced system settings > Advanced > User Profiles >Settings

Select your new account from the list and click Copy To

Way 4: Restart Windows Explorer

Press Ctrl + Shift + Escape, or Right-click the taskbar and click Task Manager

Click More details

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Scroll down to Windows Explorer, Right-click it and click Restart

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Way 5: Uninstall Dropbox and Antivirus

Dropbox and Antivirus software may cause a lot of questions, try to uninstall them.

Press Windows + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Then uninstall

Reboot your computer

Way 6: Hide Cortana from Taskbar

Right-click the Taskbar and choose Cortana> Hidden

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Then right-click the Taskbar again and choose Cortana> Show search box

Way 6: Reset your PC

Press Windows + R, type ms-settings:recoery and press Enter

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Under Advanced startup, click Restart Now

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Keep my files

2 Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 10

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

5 More Methods 

  1. Download and run Windows 10 Start Menu Troubleshooter from Microsoft.

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

2. Run the following command in Powershell

sfc /scannow

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

3. Repair Windows Image. Run the following command in powershell, then Reboot your PC

 Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

4. Run Windows Update

5. Tablet Mode.

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

 

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