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5 solutions : How to fix windows 10 start menu not working?
Many Windows 10 users who have recently upgraded their operating systems have reported that their Windows 10 start menu is not working.

There are many reasons why your start menu has stopped working all of a sudden. If your Windows 10 start menu won’t open or start button is not working, here are some easy fixes you can try.

Start Button or Start Menu Not Working in Windows 10 [FIXED]

Note: Create a system restore point before you proceed with the following troubleshooting tips. It will help you revert back if any unexpected error occurs during or after the process.

Solution 1: Re-Log into your Desktop

If your Windows 10 start menu is not working and you don’t know the exact reason, re-logging is an easy option you can try. Here’s how to do this:

Step 1: Sign Out

Press the [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Del] keys at the same time and click on Sign Out.

Step 2: Re-Log In

Now, type your password and hit the Enter button to log in. Check if the start menu is working, else you’ll need to try other methods mentioned in this article.

Solution 2: System File Checker

Step 1: Launch Task Manager

Right click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager or press the [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Del] keys on your keyboard at the same time to open the Task Manager.

Open windows task manager windows 10
Step 2: Run a New Windows Task

Now click on More Details and select the option Run New Task. A Run New Task dialog box will open.

Run New task Task Manager

Step 3: Run Windows PowerShell

Now type following command in the dialog box and check the box for Create This Task With Administrative Privileges and hit the OK button.


Open windows 10 Powershell

Step 4: Run the System File Checker

Type the following command into the window to System File Checker.

sfc /scannow

Run sfc/scannow command to scan windows 10

Restart your PC once the scan is completed and check if the issue is fixed.

Solution 3: Repair Windows Image

Step 1: Open Command Prompt Window
Press [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Del] buttons to open the Task Manager. Click on the File menu and select Run New Task.

Run New task Task Manager

Type cmd to open the command prompt window. Check the option Create this task with administrative privileges and press the Enter button.


Step 2: Repair Windows 10

Now, copy and paste the following command:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Command RestoreHealth


Restart once the scan is complete and check if the start menu is working. If your windows 10 start menu is still not working, try the next method.

Method 4: Windows 10 Start Menu Troubleshooter

Download and run Microsoft’s Windows 10 Start Menu Troubleshooter from here.

Microsoft has released this tool for the users experiencing “windows 10 start button not working” issue lately. This tool will check if the Start Menu and Cortana services are installed properly on your system. It will also check if there are any corruptions in the Windows 10 installation.

Method 5: Create a New User

Creating a new user would help if start menu won’t open. To do this, open the PowerShell window. (Run the PowerShell command as mentioned in the Method 2)

Copy and Paste the following code in the PowerShell window:

net user username /add

Replace the “username” in above command with your new username. Once you see “The command completed successfully” message, you can log into the new account and see if your Windows 10 start menu or button is working.

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