Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working

Start Menu is an essential feature of windows, so if it stops suddenly or doesn’t respond, it can create trouble for you. The Problem that arises often is Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working or Windows Button Not Working. This issue results in a critical error in the Windows Start Menu, not working, and your start menu will crash or block the installed apps’ access and freezes your system.

Windows 10 Start Menu not Working

Windows 10 Start Menu contains Apps, Folders, Contacts that they often used. We can say that Start Menu is the main point to access all the applications. In the desktop mode on Windows, all the icons appear Alphabetically on the left side. In Windows, the Start Menu is displayed by using Keyboard, Mouse over the Start Button. Sometimes, users face the Error that Start Menu Not Working correctly, here we discuss all the points to resolve this issue. 

Windows Start Menu Not Working

How to Fix Windows 10 Start Menu Is Not Working?

Why is My Windows 10 Start Menu or Windows Button Not Working? 

  • If you have updated Windows 10 Fall Creators Update(version 1709), you may get this Start menu not working critical Error after an update.
  • It is impossible to use the start menu due to this issue, so many Windows users report it.

How To fix Start Menu is Not Working In Windows 10?

1. Repair All Corrupted Files 

  • First, you need to open the task manager by pressing Ctrl, Alt, and Del key on the keyboard( press these keys simultaneously) and right-click on the taskbar, then select the task manager option.
    Alt Del Ctrl Key in Keyboard
  • Now click on the more details option for expanding it and select the Run new task through the File menu.
  • You need to type PowerShell in the dialogue box of Run new task and tick the box of Create this task with administrative privileges, then click OK.
    windows 10 start menu not working run-windows
  • Type the SFC /scannow command in the window, press the Enter key, and start the scan. This scan may take a little time, and it will show three possible results.Sfc command
  • Windows did not find any integrity violations. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and repaired them. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some (or all) of them.
  • The last result will represent the issue, so in this case, you need to type ISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /restorehealth( you can also copy and paste it) in the PowerShell window then press the Enter key.
  • In this latter case, type (or copy and paste) DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /restorehealth into the PowerShell window and press the [Return] key.
  • It will download files through the Windows Update to replace the corrupt ones.

2. Go For the PowerShell

  • First, you have to open the taskbar window by pressing Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys on the keyboard( press these keys simultaneously).
    Alt Del Ctrl Key in Keyboard
  • Now you need to click on the File and Run New task. Click on the “Create this task with Administrator Privileges” option and type Powershell. You have to press the Enter button to open the PowerShell window.
  • Type the below command now (you can copy and paste it too)

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

  • After successful completion of it, you need to restart your system for fixing the issues.

3. Restart Your System(PC/Laptop)

It is the easiest way, and it can help you stop all unnecessary tasks, so you can go for this way to resolve the issue without having any trouble.
Windows 10 Restart

4. You Can Sign Out Your Account/Try with Another Account

Sometimes this issue occurs due to a glitch in the user’s account, so it is a simple way to fix it. You can sign out of the current version, or you can try another account fixing the bug.

  • You can press Ctrl, Shift, and Esc keys on your keyboard for signing out of the account.

  • Ctrl Shift Esc Key
  • Now click on the sign-out button and wait for a little time and try another account or sign in your account.
    Windows 10 Sign Out
  • Finally, check if the issue is solved and it is not solved, then you can try another way.

5. Restart The Windows Explorer

  • First, you need to press Ctrl, Shift, and Esc on your keyboard to open the task manager.Windows Task Manager Windows 10 Start Menu Not WorkingCtrl Shift Esc Key Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working
  • Find the Windows Explorer in the list and right-click on it, then select Restart through the menu.
  • After restarting the task manager, It will resolve the start menu freezing issue. You have to understand that it is a temporary solution, so you need to repeat it rapidly.

6. Go For The Command Prompt

  • First, you need to click on the Windows and X key on your keyboard to select Command Prompt from the menu. You can also try to open Command Prompt as an administrator.
    Command Prompt Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working
  • Now your Command Prompt is open, so you need to type and run the below command one by one CD/d “%LOCALAPPDATA%PackagesMicrosoft.Windows.Cortana_cw5n1h2txyewy”
  • Taskkill /F /IM SearchUI.exeSearchUI Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working
  • RD /S /Q Settingsreset-group-policy-to-default Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working
  • These commands will help you repair the damaged files, and now you can use Start Menu again without any issues.


In this article, we have offered a complete set of information and ways to tackle your Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working issue. So as we have previously discussed, If you have updated Windows 10 Fall Creators Update(version 1709), you may see this windows 10 start button is not working.

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