Fix: Start Menu Not Opening In Windows 10

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For many users, the Start menu is not opening when the Start button is clicked or Windows logo key is pressed. If the Start menu is refusing to launch even after multiple attempts, try out the following fixes.

Unable to launch Start menu in Windows 10? Try these fixes

Fix 1

Reboot your PC or restart Windows Explorer

If this is the first time you’re experiencing the issue, please restart your PC once before trying anything else. Sometimes, restarting the PC or restarting the Explorer.exe (Windows Explorer) resolves the issue.

To restart the Explorer.exe:

Step 1: Use Ctrl + Shift +Esc keys to open Task Manager.

Step 2: Click More details to see the full-version of Task Manager.

Step 3: Under Processes tab, look for Windows Explorer entry, right-click on the same, and then click Restart option.

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Note: If Windows Explorer is not appearing Under the Processes tab, simply open up a folder, Computer or This PC to start the Windows Explorer process.

Fix 2

Use this PowerShell command

Step 1: Run PowerShell with administrator rights. Since Start menu is not working, open up your Windows 10 drive, and navigate to the following directory:

Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0

Step 2: Locate powershell.exe file, right-click on it and then click Run as administrator. Click Yes when you see the User Account Control prompt.

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Step 3: In the PowerShell window, copy and paste the following command in the PowerShell window and ten Press Enter.

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

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The command might take a couple of seconds to complete. If you’re seeing some errors, please ignore them.

Step 4: Once done, click on the Start button or press Windows logo key to see the Start menu.

Fix 3

Create a new user account

If none of the above workarounds are able to open up the Start menu, you can create a new user account and use the new user account instead of the current one.

In most cases, the Start menu works as it should on a new user account. You can then delete the old user account or simply keep it.

Fix 4

Use third-party Start menu programs

If the Start menu is not working even after trying above mentioned workarounds, you could consider a third-party Start menu program like the free Classic Shell start menu for Windows 10.

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There are some other paid Start menu programs are also available such as StartIsBack++ and Start10.

Fix 5

Reset or reinstall Windows 10

Resetting Windows 10 by keeping your data is the last resort. You can reset Windows 10 by removing everything or reset the operating system by keeping your personal files. Clean installing Windows 10 from an ISO or USB drive is another option.

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Hope this helps!