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Solved: Start Menu Not Working in Windows 10 Version 21H2

Did you notice the Start menu not working after upgrade to the windows 10 November 2021 update? Also, some users report the Windows 10 start menu not opening, simply isn’t responding to clicks, or you get the dreaded “Critical Error” message after install windows 10 version 21H2. There is a various reason that causes windows 10 start menu stopped working Maybe Third-party programs especially the PC optimizers and antivirus, corrupted system files or installed updates and any windows services Stopped not responding etc. Here are some solutions you may apply to fix windows 10 start menu problems.


Windows 10 Start menu not working

First of All, disable Antivirus and System optimizer applications if installed.

Change Privacy Settings:

  1. Press Windows + I to open the settings app,

  2. Click the Accounts category, and Select Sign-in options 

  3. On the right pane, scroll to the Privacy section

  4. Here toggle OFF the option “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an update or restart“.

Also right-click on the taskbar and select task manager. Here look for Windows Explorer right-click and select restart.

Run Start Menu Troubleshooter

Download and run the Windows 10 Start Menu Troubleshooter from Microsoft. And let windows to check and fix the problem itself. The troubleshooter checks for the following issues:

  1. If Start Menu & Cortana applications are installed correctly

  2. Registry key permission issues

  3. Tile database corruption issues

  4. Application manifest corruption issues.

If found any issue, The troubleshooter tries to resolve them automatically for you. Or instructs if any problems exist there. After running the Troubleshooter Restart windows and check this time windows 10 start menu working properly.

Re-register Windows 10 start menu

If running the Start menu troubleshooter didn’t fix the problem then Open an elevated PowerShell window.

  1. To do this right-click on the taskbar and open task manager.

  2. Here on task manager click on the file

  3. Type cmd and checkmark on creating this task with administrative privileges.

elevated PowerShell from taskmanager

Now 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

Wait until the app download and installation process completes ignore any red text that appears. After that restart windows and check windows 10 Start menu working properly.

Create a New User Account

After following the above method, Still, start menu not working or not responding to your clicks Then try to create a local user account and check the start menu working properly with the newly created user account.

  1. To create a new user account again Open Task manager

  2. Select Run new task from its File menu.

  3. check the box for Create this task with administrative privileges

  4. type net user NewUsername NewPassword /add in the box.

You’ll need to replace NewUsername and NewPassword with the username and password you want to use — neither can contain spaces and the password is case sensitive (i.e. capital letters matter).

Create a New Account taskmanager
  1. Now log off from the current user account and log into the new user account.

  2. The Start menu should now work perfectly with the new user account.

You need to transfer your settings to the new account by following the given series of steps.

  1. Open Control panel Click System applet.

  2. Select “Advanced system settings

  3. Switch to the Advanced tab

  4. Hit the Settings button under “User Profiles”.

  5. Now, select the new account and henceforth click Copy To button.

Find and repair corrupted Windows files

Sometimes corrupted system files cause this issue in which results start menu became unresponsive, windows 10 start menu Stop working. We recommend running the SFC utility to make sure any missing corrupted system files not causing the issue.

To run System file checker utility on windows 10

Again open the command prompt as administrator.

As start menu not working again to open Command prompt open task manager -> file -> type cmd -> checkmark on create this task with administrative privileges.

  1. Now on the Administrative command prompt type sfc /scannow and hit the enter key.

  2. This will start the scanning process for corrupted, missing system files

  3. If found any the SFC utility restore them from a compressed folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.

system file checker utility Windows 10

Wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that Restart windows and check start menu working properly. If the SFC scan results Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them this indicates a problem. This causes you need to run the DISM command which repairs the system image and allows SFC to do its job.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

DISM restore health command

Check Application Identity Service running

The Application Identity is a service in Windows 10 that decides which applications are allowed or not allowed to function on your computer. If due to any reason this service stuck or stop this will cause windows apps include the Start menu stops working.

  1. Press Windows + R, type “services.msc” click OK. 

  2. scroll down and find out the Application Identity service.

  3. Once you locate it, do a right-click on it and select Start.

  4. Finally, restart the PC and the Start Menu should be running up flawlessly.

Rollback To the previous version

If the problem started after the recent windows 10 upgrade (November 2021 update) And applying solutions didn’t resolve the issue Then may the update bug causing the issue. Simply uninstall windows 10 version 21H2 using the Go Back to previous version option from settings -> update & security -> recovery click on Go Back to the previous version and follow on-screen instructions.

Did these solutions help to fix the Start Menu problem on Windows 10 Version 21H2? Which option helps to resolve the issue let us know on the comments below. Also, Read


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