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7 ways to fix Windows 10 start menu not working or not responding

Sometimes you might experience the windows 10 start menu not working or not responding to simple clicks. Especially after Windows 10 update, a few numbers of users reported that the windows 10 start menu won’t open or apps not appearing in the start menu. The exact cause of this problem varies on different combinations of PC environments, but there are indeed solutions you need to apply to fix your Dead Windows 10 Start Menu problems.


Windows 10 start menu not working

There are many reasons behind this problem such as Third-party programs, especially the free PC optimizers and antivirus, Corrupted system files or installed updates and any windows services Stopped not responding etc. Here we have few effective solutions apply to fix if the windows 10 start menu not working or won’t open.

If you’ve installed third-party antivirus or anti-malware programs temporarily turn them off or disable them to see if they’re causing your Start menu not working problem.

Also before apply any solutions, we recommend reboot your computer. This will refresh the system and fixes minor software conflicts that may be causing the windows 10 Start Menu Not Working or not opening.

In addition, Go to Settings > Accounts > Sign In Options. Scroll to Privacy and turn off the option that says ” Use my sign in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart.

kill StartMenuExperienceHost.exe

Windows 10 start menu now has its own dedicated process called ShellExperienceHost.exe. If Start Menu not working or not responding mouse click then kill StartMenuExperienceHost.exe probable help fix the problem.

  1. Open task manager using Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys

  2. look for Start process in the given list, right-click on it select end task,

  3. Go to the details tab, look for “StartMenuExperienceHost.exe” process right-click on it select end task.

  4. This will kill the start menu process and restart it, Now check if the start menu problem resolved.

Restart Windows Explorer

  1. Press Ctrl + Shirt + Esc key simultaneously to open task manager,

  2. Click “More Details” to see a full list of open programs and background processes you’re running

  3. Scroll through the list until you find the “Windows Explorer” process. Then right-click on “Windows Explorer” and select “Restart”:

  4. After that, try to open the Start Menu and check if the problem resolved.

Restart Windows File Explorer

Run Windows Update

Microsoft regularly releases windows updates with the latest bug fixes and security improvements. Installing the latest windows updates fix previous problems as well. Let’s check for and install Windows updates that may have bug fixes for the windows 10 start menu problem.

  1. Press Windows key + I to open settings,

  2. Go to Update & security the hit check for updates button,

  3. This will start the download and install the latest windows updates from the Microsoft server.

  4. Once done you need to reboot your computer to apply them and check if the stat menu problem resolved.

Repair corrupted system files

Start with basic whenever you face problem like this simply Restart your computer and get windows a fresh start. Also, Run System file checker Utility to make sure corrupted system files not causing the issue.

To run the system file checker open the Command Prompt (Win + R, then type cmd) and type sfc /scannow. This will check Windows for corrupted files, then repair them if possible.

If that fails, still in the Command Prompt, use the “Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management” tool which can repair corruptions that were preventing SFC from doing its job. In the Command Prompt, type the following command and press enter key

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

This will run the DISM tool. After, run another SFC scan to fix any outstanding errors. After that restart windows and check now everything is perfect? still, need help to follow the next solution.

DISM restore health and sfc utility command

Re-register Windows 10 start menu

This is the most working solution several users found to fix all windows start menu app problems. Simple re-register the windows 10 start menu using the command below. To do this you need to open Powershell with admin privileges.

As the start menu not working simply right-click on the taskbar and open task manager. Here on task manager click on file -> type PowerShell and checkmark on create this task with administrative privileges. Then type the following command and press Enter:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
Re register default Windows apps Windows 10

After Execute the command simply restart windows and check on the next login, I am sure this time the windows start menu work properly without any problems.

Create a New Admin Account

Some people find that their Start menu stops functioning properly after bigger Windows updates. If you’re one of these people, then a tried and tested solution is to create a new Windows admin account. Lets create a new user account and check if the start menu problem resolved.

  1. To do this, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager,

  2. then click “File -> Run new task” and type net user yourname yourpassword/add into the box, where “yourname” is what you want to name the account, and “yourpassword” is the password you want for the account.

  3. Tick the checkbox to make it an administrator account, then click “OK.”

command create new admin account

Now log off from the current user login and login to the new account.  You may notice the Windows 10 Start menu working properly without any problem.

To transfer your settings and apps over to the new account, log back into your old account, then go to “Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings.” Click the “Advanced” tab, then under “User Profiles” click “Settings.” Select your newly created account from the list and click “Copy To.

Check Application Identity Service

The Application Identity Service in Windows 10 uses a service called Applocker to decide which applications are and aren’t allowed to run on your PC. Make sure this service is started and working properly. To check and run the Application Identity Service,

  1. Press Windows key + R, type services.msc into the box press enter key.

  2. The windows services console opens, scroll down until locate Application Identity service.

  3. Right-click on it select start if the service already running then click restart.

  4.  Now check if the start menu working as expected.

In addition, sometimes third-party applications cause the start menu to stop working at the startup, Perform windows Clean boot To check and identify if any startup application causing the issue.

These are the best-known ways to get your Start menu back in order. And fix Struglish dead windows 10 Start menu problems such as start menu not working, start menu not responding or crashes at startup. I sure apply these solutions your windows start menu will get back to the working stage. If you still need any help or have any suggestions feel free to discuss in the comments below.

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