Fix Windows 10 Start Menu problems

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 21, 2016
Updated • Apr 18, 2019
Tutorials, Windows 10

Microsoft's Start Menu troubleshooter has been designed to fix start menu problems that you experience when running devices with Windows 10.

While the start menu may have lost some of its appeal in recent years thanks to the rise of other options to launch programs, most notable the taskbar upgrade introduced in Windows 7, it is still one of the central access points not only for programs but also for search and new features such as Cortana on Windows 10.

Microsoft changed some things around in the start menu on Windows 10 as it features program links and application tiles side by side now.

Start menu related issues that users may experience include problems opening it, missing items, or tiles that don't update or are not showing up correctly.

Update: The Troubleshooter application designed to fix Start Menu issues on Windows 10 PCs is no longer available. We have uploaded the latest version that Microsoft released to our own download server. Note that we don't support it in any way and cannot guarantee that it will work properly on new versions of Windows 10. Make sure you create a backup of the system before you run the program, or at least configure it to show the issues that it detected instead of running automated repair operations. Download the program with a click on the following link: (Download Removed)

Fix Windows 10 Start Menu problems

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Microsoft created a troubleshooting tool for the Windows 10 Start Menu designed to fix several common issues that users of the operating system may experience.

The tool scans for the following issues when run:

  1. Whether required applications are not installed correctly.
  2. For permission issues with Registry keys.
  3. For tile database corruption.
  4. Whether application manifest data is corrupt.

Simply run the program after download. The first screen displays basic information about it. What you may want to do there is click on the advanced link and remove the checkmark from the "apply repairs automatically" setting.

Doing so reveals all issues found to you and gives you options to select none, one, some or all of them that you want resolved.

If you don't do that, the tool will repair all start menu problems it finds automatically without you getting a say in the matter.

While that may be desired anyway, it is usually better to know about the repairs in advanced.

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You may open a report in the end that lists issues that were identified by the start menu troubleshooter, and whether they have been fixed.

The troubleshooter is limited to detecting and resolving four Windows 10 start menu problems currently. This means that it won't provide you with a solution if the issue you are experiencing is not listed by it.

Fixing serious issues

If you suspect serious damage to the system, you may want to run sfc /scannow on an elevated command prompt to make sure that all system files are in working order and not corrupt or modified.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down Ctrl and Shift, and run Command Prompt from the search results. This opens an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type sfc /scannow and wait until the scan completes. Windows checks core system files to make sure they are not corrupt or modified, and replaces them if they are.
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  1. Luke Flegg said on August 21, 2017 at 12:43 am

    After 2 days of pain, and resisting migrating to a new User account in Win 10, I tried the free version of this delightful piece of software and although it didn’t seem to ever completely finish the repairs (looking at the progress bar) everything is now sorted – Calc open, Chrome works again, Store exists, and I can click my start button again)

  2. Ian Robertson said on June 23, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    On my system the Windows 10 start menu will sporadically stop working, I can’t access it either by mouse or keyboard. A reboot brings back the start menu, but at some point, it will stop working again and need another reboot. That can be annoying …
    I ran the fix described in the article, but according to it everything it checks for is OK and there are no problems with the Start Menu.
    Any ideas what might cause this?

  3. Norbert Lars said on June 22, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    i had several computers with this issue and most of the time i told people that installed them to do it again :)

    but i got some time and tried to see if i can solve the problem and know better in case it happens again and after like 4-5 hours i solved it

    – in short, you need to update the system to latest patches ( 1511 version ) – i suggest “version 2′

    version 1 – manual
    – step 1 – go here and look for latest cumulative updates

    step 2 – copy the KB and download it (with Internet explorer ) from here

    step 3 – see if you can find other updates there

    version 2 – i know that start does not work, but there is a windows-run – command to get directly to the new settings stuff and to one we need: start – run – “ms-settings:windowsupdate” ( without ” ” ) – press check for updates and repeat this steps for like 2-3 restarts, after 1511 ( and a screen similar to the update from Win7 – > Win10) you will get the start working

    solved :)

  4. Eliran said on June 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    i have more than 35 pc’s with the same issues. only refresh windows 10 bring the menu back for 1-2 days and then it’s gone again.
    this tool is not fixing this issue so don’t spent your time.

  5. Khai said on June 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    No, tried multiple reboots with the problem persisting. Just fixed itself after a few days..

  6. Khai said on June 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I needed this last week! I had NO start menu or action center for 4 days. clicking on them did nohing, nor the windows key… no idea why. did every “fix” I could find.. nothing. in the end I installed “classic menu”..

    then, the menu came back. again, no idea why….

    1. Decent60 said on June 21, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      A restart didn’t fix it?
      Most people that experience these issues are fixed via restarting the computer (ctrl+alt+del and shutdown from that screen).

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