Windows 8 or 10 start menu button not working? (7 things you can try)

Windows 8 or 10 start menu not working?

Is the start menu not opening when you click on the start menu button?

Here are 7 things you can try to fix the problem.

Restart the Start menu process

This method only works for Windows 10 version 1903 and later versions.

1. Open Windows Task Manager.

Three ways to open Task Manager:

2. Click on More details located in the bottom left corner of the Windows Task Manager window.

Windows Task Manager More details

3. In the Processes tab, you click on Start to select it.

4. Click on the End task button located in the bottom right corner.

Restart Windows Start menu process

Windows 10 will automatically start the “Start” process again.

5. Close the Task Manager.

Restart the Windows Explorer process

1. Open Windows Task Manager.

Three ways to open Task Manager:

2. Click on More details located in the bottom left corner of the Windows Task Manager window.

Windows Task Manager More details

3. In the Processes tab, you right-click on Windows Explorer and choose Restart.

Restart the Windows Explorer process

4. Close the Task Manager.

Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool

1. Open Windows Command Prompt as administrator.

Three Ways to open Windows Command Prompt as administrator:

2. When the User Account Control (UAC) window appears, you click Yes.

Note: Depending on your settings, you might need to enter your administrator password first and then click Yes.

The Command Prompt window will appear.

3. Type (or copy and paste) the following command:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
DISM Cleanup Image and Restorehealth command

4. Press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

5. Wait until the command is finished and then you can close the Command Prompt window.

6. Restart your computer.

Windows Powershell

1. Open Windows PowerShell.

Three ways to open Windows PowerShell:

2. Type (or copy and paste) the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

3. Press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

4. Wait until the command is finished and then you can close the PowerShell window.

Note: Some errors may appear (in red), but you can ignore them.

System File Checker Tool

1. Open Windows Command Prompt as administrator.

Three Ways to open Windows Command Prompt as administrator:

2. When the User Account Control (UAC) window appears, you click Yes.

Note: Depending on your settings, you might need to enter your administrator password first and then click Yes.

The Command Prompt window will appear.

3. Type the following command:

sfc /scannow
Run the sfc /scannow command

4. Press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

The System File Checker tool will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy.

This process may take a while.

5. Wait until the command is finished and then you can close the Command Prompt window.

Note: If the System File Checker tool is unable to fix corrupt files, then go to the following page: How to Solve the “SFC Unable to Fix Corrupt Files” Problem in Windows 10.

Batch file

1. Open Windows Notepad.

Two ways to open Notepad:

2. Type (or copy and paste) the following lines in Notepad:

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
start explorer.exe
exit
Create a batch file with Windows Notepad

3. Click on File located on the top left corner, and then click on Save As.

Windows Notepad Save As

A “Save As” window will appear.

4. Select a location on your computer where you want to save the batch file (e.g., Documents, Desktop, etc.).

5. At File name, you enter a name for the batch file with an .bat extension at the end (e.g., start-menu-fix.bat).

6. At Save as type, you select All Files.

7. Click on the Save button at the bottom right.

Save file as a batch file in Windows Notepad

8. Close Notepad.

9. Double-click on the batch file.

Windows 10 “Fresh start” option

Sometimes the best thing you can do is to start fresh.

Fortunately, Windows 10 comes with a feature that allows you to reinstall and update Windows in just a few clicks.

This feature is called “Fresh start”.

This feature will keep your personal files and some Windows settings, but it will remove your installed programs.

Before you start, you should first backup your files, and if you have paid software, then you should also retrieve and backup the license keys.

1. Open Windows Security.

Two ways to open Windows Security:

Windows Security icon in system tray

2. Click on Device performance & health.

3. Under Fresh start, you click on Additional info.

4. Click on the Get started button.

5. Click on Next.

6. Follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall Windows.