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".

Fix Windows 8.1 & 10 Start Button not working

3 Close the Task Manager and the Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 start button will work normal again.

Fix Windows 10 Start Menu with Powershell

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

1 Right-click on the start button.

2 Click on "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Fix Windows 10 Start Menu not working

3 Enter "Powershell" and press "Enter".

Fix Windows 10 Start Menu not working

4 Paste the following command into the Command Prompt:

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

5 Press "Enter".

6 Wait until PowerShell is finished executing and completing the command.

There may appear some errors (in red color). Just ignore these errors.

Hopefully the Windows 10 start menu will work again when it's finished.

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 Right-click on the start button.

2 Click on "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Fix Windows 10 Start Menu not working

3 Enter sfc /scannow.

Fix Windows 10 Start Menu with System File Checker tool

4 Press "Enter".

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: .

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 3 lines, right-click and choose "Copy".

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
start explorer.exe
exit

2 Open Windows Notepad.

3 Right-click and choose "Paste" to paste the 3 lines into Notepad.

Fix Windows 8 Start Button Problem with Batch File

4 Click at the left-top of Notepad on "File" and choose "Save As..."

5 At the left-sidebar you can choose a location on your computer where to save the file.

Choose a location where you can easily and quickly find the batch file like Windows desktop.

6 At "Filename" you give the file a name but with .bat at the end.

You can give the file a name like: windows-start-button-fix.bat

Or the name: start button fix.bat

7 At "Save as type:" you choose "All Files".

8 Click on "Save" to save the batch file on your computer.

9 Now double click on the batch file and the Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 start button will work again.

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.

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