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: Start Menu Windows 10 Troubleshoot
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:
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.
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.
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.
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