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Fix windows 10 start menu won t open or stopped working

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Microsoft release windows 10 with lots of features like start menu, universal apps, new action center, Task view, edge web browser and much more. We can say that this is the best version of windows yet. The Start menu made a welcome return in Windows 10 and it’s now the main way to get things done in the new operating system. And the recent windows 10 anniversary update the start menu get a new look with lots of improvements. But Some Times users notice After install recent update or upgrade to anniversary update windows 10 start menu won t open not showing up. Also keep crashes, not open and stop when you click the Start button or press the [Windows] key on the keyboard.

The problem usually causes the Search box to freeze, too. This Type of problem happen when Windows Updates are being installed. And the main cause behind this problem is the corrupted update installation. There may be any Third-party programs specially the PC optimizer and antivirus are misbehave the search result. Or corrupted system files and services can also cause start menu error.




Fix windows 10 start menu won t open

When this problem start users unable to open any program, since the start menu is the main way to get things done in the windows 10 OS. If you are Also suffering this start menu problem and look for solution to fix this error. Here fallow bellow steps to fix windows 10 start problems permanently.

Restart Windows Explorer

The the first step to fix this problem is to restart the explorer. Restarting the Explorer will restart all running tasks include the start menu with dependencies on windows 10. So that we recommend to try to Restart the explorer first then after go for the other Troubleshooting steps.

To Restart the explorer open Windows Task Manager, you can press CTRL, ALT and DELETE (DEL) together at the same time on the keyboard and select the task mange or you can simply Right click on Windows Taskbar and select Task manger. Now on ask Manager processes tab scroll down and look for the Windows Explorer process.
Fix Windows 10 Start Button with Windows Task Manager

Now select , Right-click on Windows Explorer and then click on “Restart”. This will restart the windows Explorer. Now Again do the same process for Cortana. On process tab scroll down and look for cortana when you get it simply Right click and select end task . This will automatically End the cortana process and Restart on same time.

Use Windows Start Menu Repair tool 

Microsoft noticed the Start menu problem for users and Release a Officially Troubleshooting tool to fixwindows 10 start menu won t open problems. So First Run The tool And let windows to fix the problem itself.

Here download the Start menu Repair Tool from given link bellow and run with admin Previlage .




Download the Start menu Repair Tool  This will check for bellow errors if find any thing this tool will repair itself.

  1.   Any application are incorrectly installed
  2.   Tile database corruption issues
  3.   Application Manifest corruption issue
  4.   Registry Key permissions issues.

Check Windows Search Service

Windows start menu Search is a system service and runs automatically on the system startup. Search Results are depend on this windows Search service, for any unexpected reasons if this service get stopped or not started then you may face Search not showing results. For This cause you have to  Start / Restart the Windows Search Service.

First open Run by press the Windows +  R key on your keyboard at the same time. Now on Run Type services.msc and hit enter key. When the windows Services window opens scroll down and look for Windows Search service. Right click on it and select properties. Once the Windows Search Properties dialog opens, click on the Startup Type drop down, and change it to Automatic.
Windows-search-services

Then click Start under service status if the service is not running. After that, click on OK to save and exit the dialog. Now Try to search anything and see if fixed the windows 10 start menu won t open or search notwork problem. If it doesn’t resolve the problem, Restart your PC and check again.

Run SFC utility

Also As we discuss corrupt system file can cause many problems for windows and may this start menu not working is one of them. For This cause windows have a inbuilt system File Checker utility. When you Run This tool this will scan your system for all its important system files, and replace where necessary.

Right click on Task bar or press ALT + Ctrl + Del key together at the same time and select Taskmanager. When the Task Manager opens click on file – Run New task, Here type CMD and tick mark on create this task with administrative privileges. when the elevated command prompt opens type bellow command and hit enter key.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth




After Execute the command perform a system File check

Re-register Windows apps

For most of users Re-registering the windows apps will fix their start menu problem permanently. Also This is the best solution i have found. We have to perform some command line to Re-register the start menu app. So for that we need the windows power shell. lets first open windows power shell as administrator.

To do this Right click on Task bar or press ALT + Ctrl + Del key together at the same time and select Taskmanager. When the Task Manager opens click on file – Run New task, Here type power shell and tick mark on create this task with administrative privileges. Hit ok to open power shell window.
open-power-shell-administrator-previlages

Now Here On Power shell window type bellow command and press enter key.

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

Re-register-cortana-app

Wait until to execute the command. After that close the PowerShell, Restart your system and you should have the working start menu on next time login.

Create a new user account 

Also Create a New user account is the best experience to fix the start menu problem. But this time user login on to a new desktop and apps are configure newly for the new user account. Create a new user Account and check if the start menu working smoothly then Transfer old user desktop data to new user account and delete the old user account.
You can use create a new user account with a simple command line on command prompt. So For that we have to first open the command prompt. Do this via Right click on Task bar or press ALT + Ctrl + Del key together at the same time and select Taskmanager. When the Task Manager opens click on file – Run New task and type CMD also Tick the box for Create this task with administrative privileges. When the command prompt opens type bellow command to create a new user account.
 net user NewUsername NewPassword /add

You’ll need to replace NewUsername and NewPassword with the username and password you want to use.
For ex The command is : net user kumar p@$$word / Add

add-new-user-account-using-cmd

Now Restart windows and Login With New Created User Check the Problem is Solved.

If all of above methods not work then perform system Restore which can revert back your windows to previous working state where windows working smoothly.

These are some best solutions to fix windows 10 start menu won t open, stopped working, not responding problems.

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