(FIXED) Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working


Windows 10 has been launched with multiple features, but along with its varieties of features, many of the users reported about some bugs in it. One of the most common issues in Windows 10 that are generally reported by consumers is; “Windows 10 start menu is not working.” As we know the start menu is the main part of our window, if it suddenly stop working, then we can assume, “how frustrating it is?”

If you have recently upgraded your windows then you might be facing the windows 10 start menu not working problem. It is not the only reason it could happen because of several reasons. But, you don’t need to panic, because we are here to guide you to overcome this situation.

Solutions for your windows start menu not working problem

There could be several reasons behind your windows 10 start menu working problem, it all depends upon your Computer, PC, laptop environment. Here we are going to discuss a few solutions for your windows 10 start menu troubleshooting, just try them and resolve your issue.

Restart your windows

Whenever you find that your Windows 10 start menu is not responding one of the most common and easy steps that you should take first is; restart your Windows Explorer.

Step 1: Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the “Task manager“. OR Right click on Taskbar and click on Task Manager.

open task manager

Step 2: Click on “More details”.

task manager more details

Step 3: Click on the “Processes” tab.

Step 3: Now scroll down and find “Windows Explorer” from the active applications list.

task manager windows explorer

Step 4: Right-click on Windows Explorer.

Step 5: Click Restart.

windows explorer restart

Thus, you will see your windows restarting, and you will see after restarting the windows 10 the start button is act normally.

Check corrupted file

Sometimes the corrupted files of your device are responsible for the malfunctioning of your start menu or the start menu may not work for a single user. But you just keep relaxing because Windows 10 has a built-in system file checker that checks all the corrupted files of your PC and fixes it. To perform this procedure goes through these steps.

Step 1: Press the Windows + R button from your keyboard to open Run.

Step 2: Type cmd in your Run box to open Command Prompt on your windows.

Step 3: Now, type SFC/SCANNNOW in your command prompt.

sfc scan now

After executing this command, your windows automatically find your bugs and try to fix it. Just in case if this method will fail, then you can run another command in the command prompt. 

Step 4: Type, DISM /ONLINE /CLEANUP-IMAGE /RESTOREHEALTH in command prompt.

dsim restore health

In this DISM is a Deployment imagining and servicing Management Tool. It is an online cleanup tool that cleans or fixes the issues that prevent system file checkers from working. 

Relog into your account

You can try a straightforward way for fixing your windows 10 start menu that is; Re-logging into your desktop account. If you find that you face this problem occasionally, then you can try this method. It is a good option in that case. Follow these steps to complete this procedure.

Step 1: Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys from your keyboard.

Step 2: Click Sign out.

Step 3: Now type your password and log in again.

Step 4: After logging in again, check your start menu is working or not.

According to this procedure, you will be able to overcome this problem, in case if you are still unable to overcome this error, then you can create a new admin account.

Create a new Admin Account

If you are comfortable in creating a new account for your windows, then it will be the right decision in terms of resolving the windows 10 start menu not working after update. Just create a new account; at last, you will find your problem has been resolved. Follow these steps for creating a new admin account.

Step 1: Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc and you will see the “Task manager” on your screen. OR Right click on Taskbar and click on Task Manager.

open task manager

Step 2: Go to File, then “Run New Task”.

run new task



Step 4: Enable your checkbox of account to have administrative privileges.

Step 5: Log in to your new account.

Step 6: Check your start button, if your new account finds, there is no issue then it transfers all settings from your old account and logs back into your flawed account.

Step 7: Go to Control panel>> System>> Advanced Settings.

Step 8: Go to the Advanced tab.

Step 9: In user Profiles, click “Settings”.

Step 10: Select your new profile.

Step 11: Click Copy to.

The process of creating a new admin account is done here now you will find your start menu is working correctly.

Uninstall Dropbox

Sometimes, the dropbox in your windows can create a conflict with your start menu, and it will affect the working of the start menu; as a result, you will find that your start menu is not responding. In this situation, the only solution for this problem is you need to uninstall the dropbox from your system. To know-how, go through the following steps.

Step 1: Press the Windows+R key on your keyboard.

Step 2: Type “appwiz.cpl” in your Run box and click on OK.


Step 3: Click on Uninstall a program, in view by category.

Step 4: Now, Find Dropbox here and click on Uninstall.

The process of uninstalling the Dropbox from your windows is done here. Now you can check your start menu work performance.

Disable or Uninstall third party software or antivirus

The antivirus software can also affect your start menu working in your windows 10. If you have installed any antivirus software, then disable them for once to check if they affect the working of your start menu or not. If you will find that it is the reason then uninstall it from your system. You can also contact the vendors of the software to ask about this problem.

You don’t need to worry throughout this process, because Microsoft windows have its default anti-malware program that is available for you all the time whether your other third parties antiviruses or software are enabled or temporarily disabled. So, don’t hesitate while disabling your antivirus software.

I hope these all methods will help you to come out from the windows 10 start menu, not opening problem. Whenever you face a start menu related error, you can try any technique from out of these following described methods. If you are still unable to fix the start menu issue, then you can contact your windows 10 support team.