windows 10 start menu not working

Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working

Windows is an amazing operating system. I’ve been using it on my laptop for a long time. But with the sweetness of windows 10, some users might face windows 10 start menu not working issue. As you know the start menu is an important function in windows 10, and without it, you might face trouble using your device. In this post, we are going to explain how you can fix the start button not working issue on Windows 10.

Below are some methods you can perform on your device to fix this issue.

Method 1 : Restart Your PC

It might sound silly but sometimes small and simple methods like restarting your pc can fix this issue. So before performing any other method restart your PC and check if the windows start button is working or not. If your start menu won’t open follow the steps below.

Method 2 : Check For Windows Update

Sometimes updating the windows to the latest version can play a role in fixing windows 10 start menu not working issue. Because Microsoft rolls out new updates to fix some glitches in windows. You can also try updating your windows to the latest version. To update the windows follow the steps below

Update Your Windows Without Start Menu Button

  1. Press Windows button + I to open settings
  2. Next go to the update and security section.
  1. click on check for updates.
check for windows update

Now wait for some time and if there is an update, update your windows to the newest version. After update restart your computer and check if start menu started working or not.

Method 3 : Create a New User Account

If updating your Windows doesn’t fix start menu not working issue on your desktop. Try creating a new user account, this can help in fixing the start button issue. All your settings will be transferred to this account if you’re using a Microsoft account. Follow steps below to create a new user account.

  1. Right click on the task bar from bottom of your screen
  2. From the menu click on task manager
click on task manager
  1. In the task manager click on file option and now click on the Run new task option
windows 10 start menu won't open
  1. Click inside the dialogue box and type powershell
  2. Now tick on box beside “create this task with administrative privileges” then click ok
Create new user account
  1. now create new username and password by typing netuser yourNew_usernameNewpassword /add and press enter

Note: Replace yourNew_username and Newpassword with your desired password and username as show in the above image. Don’t use space and remember your password Capital letters also matters

  1. After creating new user account restart your computer and type your new log in account and password, now you can see your start button working fine.

Method 4 : Restart Windows Explorer

Windows explorer is the process that handles a lot of user interface and other processes, it also handles the start menu function. A temporary bug in the windows explorer can cause windows 10 start menu not working issue.

Follow these steps to restart window explorer 

1: Now open your desktop’s task manager by pressing ctrl (control)+shift+ ESC button together     

2: Now click on the processes and find windows explorer. 

Click on windows 10 processes
  1. Right-click on the windows explorer and click on restart.
restart windows explorer

Now restart your computer and log in again, I hope now you can use the start button.

METHOD 5: Reinstall Your Windows Applications

Reinstalling windows app again can fix the start menu not working issue on your desktop. To reinstall apps follow the steps below.

  1. Open task manager
  2. Click on files and click on run new task
  3. Type powershell and check the box beside ““create this task with administrative privileges” and click ok
reinstall all windows app
  1. Now type the command mentioned below to reinstall all app

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

windows 10 start menu not working

Don’t do any other thing until your command reinstall all the apps, during installing maybe it show you error but don’t worry just restart your computer. Now try using your start menu.

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METHOD 6 : Fix the Corrupted Files on Your Desktop

Windows comes with a tool that helps you to fix the corrupted files that is system file checker. With the help of a file checker, you can fix the unstable files on your desktop. Sometimes fixing your corrupted files can be the cause of windows 10 start button not working problem. Here are the steps to fix corrupted files on your desktop.

  1. Press the win key and R now you will get a pop up in the left bottom corner 
  2. Now enter CMD capital to open the command tab
windows 10 run cmd
  1. Now you will enter into the command prompt type SFC/SCANNOW and press ENTER.
windows 10 curropted files

This command will fix all the corrupted files on your desktop. 

If your command fails you can try DISM /ONLINE /CLEANUP-IMAGE /RESTOREHEALTH. 

dism online cleanup command

 This command enables the dism online corrupted files cleanup so that the system file checker can perform its task properly

METHOD 7: Uninstall Dropbox and Restart Menu Button

Dropbox is a tool used by many business professionals to share files and documents. If you’re not using dropbox, you can uninstall it because sometimes it can be the reason behind the start button not working issue. Just follow the steps below-

  1. Press win key + R together you will get a pop up in the left corner
  2. Next, type control into the run box and click ok.
start button now working windows 10
  1. First, select view by category option and now click on uninstall a program in the program option
uninstall a program windows 10
  1. Next, find the Dropbox and uninstall it.

Restart your computer and see if your start menu is working.

Method 8 : Troubleshooting Start Menu by Entering into Safe Mode

You can try using the safe mode in windows 10. This method can help you in fixing the start menu error on your windows 10 desktop. Here are the steps to enter safe mode in Windows 10.

  1. Press and hold win key + r for run window
  2. Type msconfig in the dialogue box and press enter.
msconfig command in run
  1. In the system configuration windows go to boot tab.
select boot in window 10
  1. Check the box beside safe boot and click on apply then click ok.
enable safe mode in windows 10
  1. Now click on the restart option
restart windows 10

Now your desktop will automatically enter into the safe mode. Try using your start menu  to see if it is working or not.

Method 9 : Uninstall Third-Party Antivirus Software

Third-party software or you can say the third party app is very helpful for the users. But some apps are quite risky and some apps like antivirus software affect your system and it can disable your start button. You can try uninstalling these apps to fix the start menu problem on your device. Steps to uninstall third-party software-

  1. Press win key and R simultaneously and open the Run tab.
  2. appwiz.cpl type into the Run box and click ok.
appwiz cpl command
  1. Now you will get a list of programs installed on your desktop. Find the third party program that you want to uninstall and right-click on the third party app and uninstall.

Conclusion: You can fix the windows button not working problem on Windows 10 by creating a new user account, restarting windows explorer, or performing some PowerShell commands mentioned in the above post. 

If you’ve any other query let us know from the comment section. You can check our post on how to cancel Microsoft Xbox game pass subscription

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