Windows 10 – Start Menu & Cortana not opening

Fix the Windows 10 Start Menu

There can be multiple reasons for the broken Start Menu and as usual, one solution cannot fit everywhere. Still, you should definitely give the following a try and who knows, the Start Menu starts working again, saving you from a full reset or reinstalling Windows 10 again.

Do backup any data you’ve saved in the Windows 10 Apps as all of them will be re-installed. Desktop software and apps won’t be affected though.
  1. Open Windows Power-Shell as Administrator
    1. Right click Start button
    2. Choose Command prompt (Admin)
    3. Key in Powershell in the black window and hit Enter
  2. Paste the following command in the Administrator: Windows PowerShell window and press Enter key:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
  3. Wait for Power-Shell to execute and complete the command. Ignore the few errors (in red color) that may pop up.
  4. When it finishes, try hitting Start and hopefully it’ll start working. If not, this solution won’t apply to you, unfortunately.

 

If this does not work:
Create a new user account. You will lose some of your user data, but most of the files and documents can be transferred over by copying the data from Desktop, Documents, Picture and other libraries.

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