How do I fix Windows 10 Start Menu has stopped working?

After the extremely inconvenient control of the system in the G8, the Start button triumphantly returned to the Windows 10 operating system. It became a real joy for users, but recurring problems with the operation of the favorite button added a fly in the ointment. What to do if Windows 10 Start Menu does not work, we will talk in more detail below.

Already many users who have updated their “sevens” and “eights” to Windows 10, as well as installed the system “from scratch”, are faced with the fact that at one point the start menu stops working: the button does not respond to pressing and, accordingly, no applications from this menu can be launched.

Considering how important the Start menu is for the usability of the system, the the problem is very, very unpleasant… Therefore, to solve it, and as soon as possible, would like all users who happened to encounter it. Fortunately, there are several ways to remedy the situation, and AndroidBundle’s collection of tips would be happy to share them with you.

Attention! The steps below to restore the Start menu to Windows 10 are provided for informational purposes only. You act at your own risk. The project administration is not responsible for the consequences of applying the described actions.

Free utility from Microsoft

The easiest and fastest way to solve the problem with the “Start” button not working in Windows 10 is to use a special free utility provided on the official Microsoft website. It is enough for this download and run the utility, and then just wait while the prescribed actions are performed. If problems are found, the utility will automatically fix them, after which you may need to restart your computer.

Restart explorer.exe

A simple problem-solving solution worth trying before moving on to heavy artillery. Unfortunately, it does not always work, but if there are no problems with the “Start” menu as such, then restarting the explorer.exe process in the “Task Manager” can help when so-called “glitches” occur in the system.

To launch the “Task Manager”, press the key combination Ctrl, Alt and Del and select the item “Task Manager” from the list provided, or press the combination of Ctrl + Shift + Esc, after which in the window that appears, go to the list of running applications and find the item “Conductor“. By right-clicking on this item, you must select the “Restart” item in the context menu that appears and wait while the system restarts the process.

Editing the registry

Method for “advanced” users. First, you need to enter the registry editor, for which you can press the Windows + R key combination and enter regedit in the text box (click OK to confirm). After that, in the window that opens, find the HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced branch. In the right pane of the registry window, you need to right-click and select New → DWORD (32-bit) parameter in the context menu that opens.

The created parameter must be given a name EnableXAMLStartMenu and the value “0”. If a parameter with the same name already exists in the registry, then you can not create a new parameter, but simply assign the current value “0”. After editing, the registry can be closed, then it remains to restart the system. The Start menu should work again.

Using PowerShell

A method for recovering the Windows 10 Start menu with a high probability of success. But it is important to consider that it can disrupt the operation of applications from the Windows 10 store, so this method is used solely at the user’s own risk. To start PowerShell, open the “Task Manager” and in the window that opens, in the “File” menu, open the “Run new task” item.

Enter the value in the text string powershell and check the box “Create a task with administrator rights”. After that, you need to click the “OK” button and enter the command in the Windows PowerShell window that opens:

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “appxmetadataappxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

After that, you need to press the Enter key and wait for the command to execute. After restarting your computer, the problem with the Start menu should be resolved.

 

Start button not working in Windows 10

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