Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Solved: Start Menu Not Working in Windows 10 Version 1803

Did you notice Start menu not working after upgrade to windows 10 April 2018 update? Also some users report Start menu has disappeared, simply isn’t responding to clicks, or you get the dreaded “Critical Error” message after install windows 10 version 1803. There is a various reason that causes windows 10 start menu stopped working Maybe Third-party programs especially the PC optimizers and antivirus, corrupted system files or installed updates and any windows services Stopped not responding etc. Here some solutions you may apply to fix windows 10 start menu problems.

Fix Windows 10 Start menu not working

First of All disable Antivirus and System optimizer applications if installed.

Change Privacy Settings: Open settings ( Windows + I ), Click Accounts category. Select Sign-in options on the left pane of the following page. On the right pane, scroll to Privacy section and toggle OFF the option “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an update or restart“.

Restart Windows Explorer: Right-click on the taskbar and select task manager. Here look for Windows Explorer right click and select restart.

Run Start Menu Troubleshooter

Download and run the Windows 10 Start Menu Troubleshooter from Microsoft. And let windows to check and fix the problem itself. The troubleshooter checks for the following issues:

  1. If Start Menu & Cortana applications are installed correctly
  2. Registry key permission issues
  3. Tile database corruption issues
  4. Application manifest corruption issues.
windows 10 start menu troubleshooter
windows 10 start menu troubleshooter

If found any issue, The troubleshooter tries to resolve them automatically for you. Or instructs if any problems exist there. After running the Troubleshooter Restart windows and check this time windows 10 start menu working properly.

Re-register windows 10 start menu

If running Start menu troubleshooter didn’t fix the problem then Open an elevated PowerShell window. To do this right click on the taskbar and open task manager. Here on task manager click on file -> type cmd and check mark on create this task with administrative privileges.

elevated PowerShell from taskmanager
elevated PowerShell from taskmanager

Now Type the following command and press Enter:

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

Reinstall or re-register default Windows apps in Windows 10
Reinstall or re-register default Windows apps in Windows 10

Wait until the app download and installation process completes ignore any red text that appears. After that restart windows and check windows 10 Start menu working properly.

Create a New User Account

After following the above method, Still start menu not working or not responding your clicks Then try to create a local user account and check start menu working properly with the newly created user account. To create a new user account again Open Task manager and select Run new task from its File menu. check the box for Create this task with administrative privileges and type net user NewUsername NewPassword /add in the box.

You’ll need to replace NewUsername and NewPassword with the username and password you want to use — neither can contain spaces and the password is case sensitive (i.e. capital letters matter).

Create a New Account
Create a New Account

Now logoff from the current user account and log into the new user account. The Start menu should now work perfectly with new user account.

You need to transfer your settings to the new account by following the given series of steps.

Open Control panel Click System applet. Select “Advanced system settings” from the top left corner of the following window. Switch to the Advanced tab and hit Settings button under “User Profiles”. Now, select the new account and henceforth click Copy To button.

Find and repair corrupted Windows files

Sometimes corrupted system files cause this issue which results start menu became unresponsive, windows 10 start menu Stop working. We recommend running the SFC utility to make sure any missing corrupted system files not causing the issue.

To run System file checker utility again open command prompt as administrator. As start menu not working again to open Command prompt open taskmanager -> file -> type cmd -> check mark on create this task with administrative privileges.

Now on Administrative command prompt type sfc /scannow and hit the enter key. This will start scanning process for corrupted, missing system files if found any the SFC utility restore them from a compressed folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.

Run System file Checker Tool
Run System File Checker Tool

Wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that Restart windows and check start menu working properly. If the SFC scan results Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them this indicates a problem. This cause you need to run the DISM command which repairs the system image and allow SFC to do its job.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

DISM restorehealth command
DISM restorehealth command

Check Application Identity Service running

The Application Identity is a service in Windows 10 that decides which applications are allowed or not allowed to function on your computer. If due to any reason this service stuck or stop this will cause windows apps include Start menu stop working. Press Windows + R, type “services.msc” click OK. Once Services window opens up, find out Application Identity service. Once you locate it, do a right-click on it and select Start. Finally, restart the PC and the Start Menu should be running up flawlessly.

Roll back To the previous version

If the problem started after recent windows 10 upgrade ( April 2018 update ) And applying solutions didn’t resolve the issue Then may the update bug causing the issue. Simply uninstall windows 10 version 1803 using Go Back to previous version option from settings -> update & security -> recovery click on Go Back to the previous version and follow on-screen instructions.

Did this solutions help to fix Start Menu problem on Windows 10 Version 1803? Which option helps to resolve the issue let us know on comments below. Also, Read State Repository Service High CPU Usage in Windows 10 version 1803.

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