How to Fix Windows 10 Start Button Not Working Issue

Windows 10, undoubtedly is a brilliant update, bringing us many amazing features such as, Cortana, the intelligent digital assistant. However, as with all great things, there are some errors and issues with this update as well. This post concerns one of the most annoying problems regarding the Windows Start button. If your windows Start Menu or button does not work then you can try these following solutions given below to fix the problem.
However, before you begin, it is recommended that you create a point of system restore (you can do this in Control panel) in the event that some error occurs. This way you can restore your system back to the previous state.

Click on this link to install  Microsoft Start menu troubleshooter. After you have installed this, run this tool and it will now begin to scan for potential threats and problems with your Start button and fix them. If this did not resolve your issue, you may proceed with the following methods.

Method 1: See if there any Updates available

The Anniversary update was released by Microsoft in August to fix some errors and bugs found in the previous update and also includes new features such as Windows Ink. If your PC or Laptop has not yet been notified of this update, then you can try to download this update yourself. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click on the Notification Icon on your task bar and open Settings. Click on Update and Security.

    Windows 10 Start Button Not Working Issue [Solved]

  2. Next, click on the Check for Updates button under Update status. Windows will now begin to scan for any new updates. If any updates are found, you may proceed to install them by following the given instructions.

Method 2: Scan and Fix corrupt files

  1. On the bottom of your screen on the task bar, right click anywhere (except on icons and search field). Then select Task Manager in the context menu.

  2. Next, on your tool bar, click on File and select Run New Task from the options.

  3. When the window opens, type powershell in the given space. Ensure that no typos or spelling mistakes have been made. Proceed by checking the box next to Create this task with administrative privilegesand by clicking on OK.

  4. After Windows Powershell opens, type sfc/scannow without any errors or mistakes. Proceed by pressing Enter. You may need to wait while the program begins the scanning process. If you see a message similar to the one below in the picture then there are no corrupted or damaged files in the system.

    However, if you see a message saying, “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them”then you should type the following command: DISM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth. After ensuring no errors are made, press the Enter key. This process will replace the corrupted files with new ones downloaded from windows update.

    Again, this process will take some time to complete but will help you fix the issue with the start button.

Method 3: Making a new User Account

  1. Open Task manager by performing a right click on the task bar on the bottom of your screen and choosing it from the context menu.

  2. Click on File on the tool bar and select Run new task.

  3. When the window opens, type powershell in the given space. Ensure that no typos or spelling mistakes have been made. Proceed by checking the box next to Create this task with administrative privilegesand by clicking on OK.

  4. Next, when Windows Powershell opens, write net user NewUsernameNewPassword/add. Ensure no errors are made in typing and then proceed by pressing the Enter key. An example has been given to you for reference so you may add your own username and password. Neither capital letters nor spaces should be added in the command.

  5. Lastly, restart your computer and log in with your new username and password. Check and see if your Start menu works, and if it does, you can transfer your folders, files and documents.

Method 4: Refreshing your Windows

If none of the methods above have worked for you then you can refresh your Windows 10. This means that your Windows 10 will be reinstalled. However, this method will have consequences. Your personal settings will be changed back to default settings, and your drivers and applications, will be uninstalled. Only those applications that were downloaded from Windows Store will not be removed.
To Refresh your Windows follow these instructions:

  1. Open settings. You can click on the notification icon on the task bar, or you may type settings in the search box and then click on it.
  2. Next, select Update & Security.

  3. Then, on the left hand-side, click on Recoveryfrom the options. Then under Advanced startup, click on the Restart Now.

  4. You might have to wait for a while.

  5. Then, when asked to choose an option, select Troubleshoot.

  6. Next, proceed by selecting Reset this PC.

  7. Then, select Keep my files.
  8. Then, choose an account and enter valid password.

  9. Lastly, click on the Reset button to complete this process.

Again, this process will take time. Before this process is successfully finished, your computer may restart a few times. Then, you will need to log into your Windows 10 once your Windows has refreshed. Your computer will start fresh from the beginning before taking you to your desktop.

Hopefully, your issue with Start button/ Menu has been resolved

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