Start Menu is Not Working in Windows 10 [Fix]

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Start Menu is one of the most important ‘additions’ in Windows 10, and the reason why many people love it. But, after a few days of using the new OS, some people reported that their Start Menu is not working. And the only thing we know for now, is that this issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible.
Start Menu is Not Working in Windows 10
Actually there are two possible scenarios. First: you’re facing a minor Start Menu issue, which is probably caused by some third-party software, and could be resolved easily. Second: your system is affected by widely-reported Start Menu bugs, which slipped out of sight of Windows 10 developers, and they still don’t have a proper solution for it. So, let’s talk about both scenarios and see if there’s anything you can do, or you’re just forced to sit and wait for Microsoft to deliver the patch through the Windows Update.

Case 1 – Start Menu not working due to minor system issues

OK, so before you start panicking about how your Start Menu is broken and the only thing you can do is watch, you should go and determine the cause of the problem. There’s a possibility that your system isn’t affected by the critical bug, and something else is preventing your Start Menu from work. There are two known solutions (if the critical bug is not an issue), a registry tweak and a simple PowerShell command. So, you should perform these fixes first, and if they don’t work, than you can start panicking.

Solution 1 – Solve the Start Menu problem with the PowerShell

This was the most common solution for Start Menu problems in the Technical Preview, and I hope it still can be helpful. So, here’s what you need to do:

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  1. Right click on the Start Menu button and open Command Prompt (Admin)
  2. Enter PowerShell in the command line
  3. Paste the following line in the Administrator: PowerShell Window:
    • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  4. Wait for the PowerShell to execute the command (ignore a few red error codes)

Check if your Start Menu is working now, if not try the following solution.

Solution 2 – Fix the Start Menu problem in the Registry Editor

If the PowerShell fix didn’t do anything, try this simple Registry Editor tweak. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Search, type regedit and open Registry Editor
  2. Go to the following path:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ ImmersiveShell\Launcher
  3. Click Edit, New, DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name it UseExperience
  4. Double-click the newly created item and set the value to 0
  5. Click OK, close the Registry Editor and then restart your computer

I hope your Start Menu now works, if not, I’m sorry, but you’re the ‘victim’ of the critical bug in Windows 10, and you’ll have to wait until Microsoft comes up with the solution.

Case 2 – Critical error with Start Menu in Windows 10

Here we are, finally. You probably already  heard about this bug in Windows 10, as a lot of users reported an error with Start Menu. More precise, Microsoft’s community forums were flooded with the reports about “Critical Error: Start Menu and Cortana aren’t working” in the last couple of days. Reportedly, even after performing some actions, like restarting, starting in the Safe Mode, etc. Users still weren’t able to open the Start Menu.

Unfortunately, we, and even Microsoft don’t have the solution of this bug, yet. As Microsoft stated, they are aware about this issue, and developers are working to fix it, but the company didn’t reveal when the actual fix will arrive. So, until Microsoft releases the patch, there’s nothing you can do.

However, what you can do is to report this issue to Microsoft, because more details will certainly help the developing team to deliver the fix a little bit sooner.

If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.

Read Also: Fix: Start Menu Button Doesn’t Work in Windows 10

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