How to Fix the Windows 10 Start Button Not Working

Some users of Windows are having issues with their Windows 10 Start Button, such as not responding or crashing Start Menu’s in this article we will help you. Please note that these steps do require some time to be executed. Also be sure to have a backup of all your files. Just to be sure.

Before we start

 You need to be signed in with an Account with Administrator rights to execute these steps

 You require Proficient level Windows skills. You need to be familiar with Windows Command Prompt and Administrative tools.

 You require around 60-120 minutes to complete all steps.

icon-save It’s recommended to make a backup of the most crucial files. Lost of files is very unlikely but can occur if you mistakenly type wrong commands in Command Prompt or PowerShell

Troubleshooting Step 1: Run Power Shell : Re-registering the package

Using Powershell you can enter some commands that in some cases do solve the Windows 10 Start Button.

Run a Powershell script using the following steps:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and Select Task Manager.

2. From the File menu and then choose Run new task. If you don’t see this option then click on More Details first.

3. Type powershell, put a check mark next to Create this task with administrative privileges and click OK.

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4. Type the following command in Powershell:

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

After you did this reboot your computer and see if the Windows 10 Start Button is working again. If not continue to the next step.

Troubleshooting Step 2: Run the SFC Tool

System File Checker allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. Therefor there is a good chance that this might solve your problems with the Windows Start Button. Lets give it a go.

1. Right-click the Start button, click on Command Prompt (Admin).
2. Type “sfc /scannow” without the quotes and hit Enter.

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SFC

 

3. Wait for the scan to complete, then reboot your computer and see if the SFC tool solved the issue. If not continue to the next step.

Troubleshooting Step 3: Run the DISM Tool.

1. Right-click on Start button, click on Command Prompt (Admin).
2. Type the following commands. Press the Enter key after each command:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

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DISM

3. Type Exit, and then press Enter.

4. Reboot your system and see if the problems persist. If they do then continue to the next step.

DISM requires a lot of time to complete it work. Please allow at least 20 minutes to let it finish. Depending on your system performance it may even take longer.

Troubleshooting Step 4: Refresh your Windows Installation

If all these steps did not work then please see our article: “How to Reinstall Windows 10” and refresh your computer. Or ask support on our forums by clicking Forum in the top header before reinstalling.

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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