How to Fix Windows 8.1 & 10 Start Button not working

Fix Windows 8.1 & 10 Start Button Problem

Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 start button not working anymore?

Windows 10 start menu not opening?

Fix the problem by using the easy and quick methods on this page.

But first:

Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 have like every other Windows versions a start button at the left bottom corner of the screen.

It may happen that this start button suddenly stops working and that you can only use the Windows button on your keyboard to open the start screen or menu.

Luckily there are a few ways to solve the problem and on this page I will show you step by step how to do this.

And now:

How to Fix the Windows 8 & 10 Start Button Problem

Fix Windows 8 & 10 Start Button with Windows Task Manager

  1. Open Windows Task Manager.
    • To open Windows Task Manager, press CTRL, ALT and DELETE (DEL) together at the same time on the keyboard of your computer and click on "Task Manager".
  2. Right-click on "Windows Explorer" and then click on "Restart".
    • If you're using Windows 10, then you might need to click on "More details" to see "Windows Explorer".
    • Windows Explorer can be found in the Task Manager in "Processes" and under "Windows processes".
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  3. Close the Task Manager.

Hopefully, the Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 start menu button will work normal again. If not, then try the next solution.

Fix Windows 10 Start Menu with Powershell

If the start menu is not opening in Windows 10, then you can try this solution to try to fix the problem.

  1. Open Windows PowerShell.
    • Ways to open Windows PowerShell:
      • Press the Windows + R keyboard key at the same time, enter powershell and hit Enter.
      • Enter powershell into the Windows search bar or Cortana and click on "Windows PowerShell" when it appears.
      • Right-click on the Windows 10 start menu button and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)", then enter "powershell" and press Enter.
  2. Copy the following command:
    • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  3. Paste the command into PowerShell and press Enter.
    • Wait until PowerShell is finished executing and completing the command.
    • There may appear some errors (in red color). Just ignore these errors.
  4. When the command is finished, enter exit and press Enter to close PowerShell.

Hopefully, the Windows 10 start menu button will work again when it's finished. If not, then try the next solution.

Fix Windows Problems with System File Checker tool

You can also fix all kinds of Windows errors and problems with the Windows System File Checker tool.

  1. Open the Windows command prompt as administrator.
    • 3 Ways to open Windows command prompt as admin:
      • Press the Windows + X keyboard keys at the same time and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)".
      • Right-click on the start menu button and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)".
      • Enter cmd into the Windows search bar or Cortana, right click on "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".
  2. Enter the following command: sfc /scannow and press Enter.
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The sfc /scannow command will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy.

This process may take a while.

If the System File Checker tool finds corrupted files, but is unable to fix them, then go to: .

Hopefully, the Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 start menu button will work again. If not, then try the next solution.

Fix Windows 8 & 10 Start Button with a Batch File

You can also fix the problem by creating a simple batch file with Windows Notepad.

The advantage of a batch file is that you can leave it on your desktop or other easy to access location on your computer and when the start button doesn't work anymore, you only have to double-click on that file to fix the problem.

For some people it may sound difficult to create a batch file, but believe me, everybody can do this and it only takes about 2 till 3 minutes to create the batch file and solve the problem.

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Select the following 3 lines:
    • taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
      start explorer.exe
      exit
  2. Right-click on the selected lines and choose "Copy".
  3. Open Windows Notepad.
  4. Right-click into Notepad and choose "Paste" to paste the 3 lines into Notepad.
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  5. Click on "File" located at the top left and choose "Save As..."
  6. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the file.
    • Choose a location where you can easily and quickly access the file, like the desktop.
  7. At "Filename" you give the file a name but with .bat at the end (e.g. windows-start-button-fix.bat).
  8. At "Save as type:" you select "All Files".
  9. Click on "Save" to save the batch file on your computer.
  10. Double click on the batch file.

Hopefully, the Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 start menu button will work again. If not, then try the next solution.

Reinstall Windows (clean install)

If you still have problems, then you can also download and reinstall Windows. It's called a clean install.

A is often better than just upgrading.

After I did a clean install of Windows 10 on my laptop, it started to work better and faster.