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Published: February 8, 2015 | Applies to:

If you're facing issues with appearing or functioning of Start Menu, try to re-register Start Menu in Windows 10 and see if it helps.

With Windows 10, Microsoft has tried to please users with Start Menu convertible to Start Screen. The Start Menu helps you to easily find your required stuff, as it is doing since the ages of Windows XP.

See : [How To] Specify Fixed Layout Start Menu In Windows 10

However, some users may came around the issues related to Start Menu. Specifically, if the Start Menu on your Windows 10 doesn’t appears when you click Start Button, or if the Start Menu appears but some entries are missing, then you need to fix it. We have observed that re-registering the Start Menu can help users in solving this issue.

Technically speaking, just like the Modern UI apps, Start Menu too is baked into the OS as a package with Windows 10. Due to this, it is possible to re-register Start Menu, similar to apps. With Windows PowerShell, you can make this feasible, whose how-to part is mentioned below. Please note that applying this trick requires you to logged in as administrator, hence if your system is a part of domain, this may not work.

How To Re-register Start Menu In Windows 10

1. Right click over taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu so appeared.

2. Next, in the Task Manager window, click File -> Run new task.

3. Moving on, type powershell in the Create new task box shown below. You must check the option Create this task with administrative privileges. Click OK.

4. In the administrative Windows PowerShell window, carefully type the following command and hit Enter key:

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

Once the command execution is completed successfully, you can close the PowerShell window and reboot the machine. After restarting the system, the issues you were facing with Start Menu must resolved.

That’s it! Don’t forgot to check how to enable “Hibernate” option in power menus of Windows 10.


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  • Thanx i just tried and this worked. Good job..

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for feedback :)

  • worked for me too thanks Man :)

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Cool!

  • Very nice find kapil!

  • Thanks it helped a lot to me.

  • it did not work for me

  • not worked for me. access denied

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Make sure you’re running Windows PowerShell as administrator.

  • doesn´t work T.T
    it says access denied.
    help

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Make sure you checked “Create this task with administrative privileges option” at step 3.

  • Arrgh. I was able to complete all the steps, but it just didn’t work. I have been trying to fix this for two days straight. Very, very frustrating.

  • I ran the fix s couple of times. I did not see any change. I did find a windows file, ShellExperienceHost.exe was supposed to be running and wasn’t. opened that file and most thing started working. with the exception of search. No matter where you select that from, it does not work. The other thing is not to reboot, hot or cold or you are back to square one. Left click on the Windows Icon or the Notification Icon will do nothing right clicking will get those menus open. Cortana still not working.

  • After several days of most things working, I made the mistake of doing a restart. Now, I’m back to square one. Left clicking Windows icon, Cortana icon, or Notification icon does nothing. To make it worse, ShellExperienceHost.exe apparently will not run at all now. Also tried the re-registry fix in Power shell with admin. That did absolutely nothing. So at the moment, I have a $1,500 machine to do email and surf the web.. Cannot get to any of my apps. This is getting very frustrating.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Since you’ve multiple issue, suggest you to reinstall (this won’t affect your apps and files):

    http://www.kapilarya.com/reinstall-windows-10-without-affecting-personal-files

  • I went all the way up to number 4, and restarted the computer, but the start button did not work.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Refer this: http://www.kapilarya.com/fix-start-button-not-working-in-windows-10

  • Did not work for me.
    I regret updating to Windows 10.
    I have been trying all the fixes recommended by the community.
    Windows 10 is ” the new gravity ” it sucks.
    I have been trying to fix this problem for at least 4 days now.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Refer my previous comments here, and do try those suggestions as well.

  • I got following message after completion of SFC:
    “Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.” Not sure now what to do the next.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Refer: http://www.kapilarya.com/windows-resource-protection-could-not-perform-the-requested-operation

  • When I tried to go through “task manager’ i am getting this message “c:\WINDOWS\System32\taskmgr.exe
    File system error (65535)”
    So I can not move further, to solve start button.
    I very much appreciate your help.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ I guess, there is some massive corruption regarding your system files and it seems like some third-party software is causing this. Suggest you to uninstall the third-party software installed on your machine, and see if it could help. Also try booting into Safe Mode. You must also try the DISM commands mentioned here:

    http://www.kapilarya.com/fix-do-inbox-corruption-repair-using-dism-in-windows-8

  • No change.

  • I am very much scared that my computer ha ‘massive corruption’. I am frightened to run any of the further ‘play around’ on the system. Is there any way that I fresh ‘reinstall windows 10’ so that all the corrupted files will be corrected?

    With Regards.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Yes, of course there is a way, and also your files and apps won’t be affected by re-installation:

    http://www.kapilarya.com/reinstall-windows-10-without-affecting-personal-files

  • This seems too complicated for me. I am not sure what is system recovery drive and how to use and run. I was thinking to download from the internet a fresh windows 10 and will replace the any ‘corrupted file’ to solve the problem.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ If you don’t have system recovery drive, then you can use the same installation disc using which you installed Windows 10 :)

  • I got message to book Windows 10. I booked it. After some days, it got installed itself, at the beginning I remember start button was OK, but next day when I open my laptop, it did not work. I did not checked at that time about word document saving. Now word document also can not save when I create a new document.
    So I do not have installation disc to reinstall Windows 10.

  • I somehow managed to create another username, I can not remember now how I did it. The start button is working now. Word document is also OK. It is also showing old username. I do not know if I can delete it, I also do not know how to delete the old one. I have not touched it, fearing that if I delete it, it may effect the new one (which is working perfectly now).

  • Excellent +1

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Awesome :)

  • I tried
    Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}
    but it didn’t work. I tried with and without the spaces – this is a flipping nuisance. Is there no Microsoft fix that can get the start button going again?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ In that case, you may want to try this:

    http://www.kapilarya.com/fix-start-button-not-working-in-windows-10

  • I have tried everything with no programming ability and nothing is working. I want to try the powershell information, but am unsure (again no programming experience) was the character is before the %, it appears as a 1 or perhaps I, but as I am unsure and do not want to risk corrupting my computer, I thought I would ask. Help is appreciated..

  • This didn’t work for me. I have a 64bit desktop just upgraded from W8 and was expecting to use the start button as per W8 but the start button does nothing on left mouse click. I cannot find applications as per W8 which is what I expected.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Refer link mentioned in my previous comment here :)

  • Thanks! Worked for me too ;)

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help :)

  • I tried this and it did not work for me. When I left click on the Start Menu is gives me a message: Critical Error Your Start menu isn’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next time you sign in. A a button that says: Sign out now.
    There is no other option than to click the button. The last time this happened to me I went out and bought a new lap top. It ran fine for several months. Now I am back to where I was 5 months ago.

  • This didn’t work. It didn’t recognize the portion that says all*shellexperience*

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please recheck the command you entered. In case if it still fails, try this registry manipulation: http://www.kapilarya.com/fix-start-button-not-working-in-windows-10

  • it didn’t work for me are there spaces in the powershell configuration. If I put spaces the letters change colors is this correct?

  • I tried this approach, and it doesn’t work. I’ve looked at your other suggestions, and I find it very frustrating that people have been having issues with this for six months now? And no fix? I upgraded, and it worked fine for a while, and I use a Toshiba Satellite, and sometimes the start window works, but Cortana is simply dead. And my notifications button down by the time and date won’t always work, either.

    Seriously, I’m not a fantastic computer wiz when it comes to coding. What can I do, and when will Microsoft figure out how to fix it?

  • i have been searching all over for a solution for this problem that will work for me with no luck. I am sick of windows. it is not bad enough that they change operating systems every two years and quit supporting older os es and programs, now we have to go thru all this effort just to get the damned operating system to work. If you had a car that worked this way you would drive it back to the dealer and right thru the showroom. I am now even more convinced that bill gates is the spawn of the devil. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ME ANY FREE OPERATING SYSTEMS. PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE ME ONE THAT WORKS AND I WILL PAY FOR IT.

  • I’m having this problem for the first time this late after buggy updates. I have tried all suggested fixes with no resolution. I have attempted an sfc scan but after 2% it cmd comes back with ‘Windows resource protection could not perform the requested operation’. I do not want to resort to reinstalling windows every time there is a bug like this. I need direction as to what I can do to get a permeant fix for this issue.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Refer my previous comments for an alternative. If the issue still persists, you can go ahead with reinstalling Windows 10 without affecting your data: http://www.kapilarya.com/reinstall-windows-10-without-affecting-personal-files

  • If it helps anyone this worked for me:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -notlike “*vclibs*” -and $_.InstallLocation -notlike “*net*” } | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

    It is important to exclude the vclibs and .NET components as that was breaking Windows Store and Calculator. YMMV.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for your inputs, Neil :)

  • Sorry to say it didn’t work for me either (unless I didn’t understand it).
    I opened Task Manager as explained.
    I checked the box Create this task with administrative privileges.
    I typed the text correctly.
    Hit the Enter Key and nothing happened.
    After a few seconds the C:\WINDOWS\system32> prompt reappeared.
    I restarted the PC and the Start Button still does not function.
    Help Please
    Thanks

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please try Neil’s suggestion and see if it helps you. Also check by creating new user account, if it makes any differences in situation.

  • It worked to me and I am very thankful for your help!!!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Cool :)

  • Get-appxpackage : Access is denied.
    Access is denied.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-ap …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Get-AppxPackage], UnauthorizedAccessException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : System.UnauthorizedAccessException,Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager.Commands.GetAppxPackageCommand

    HELP PLEASE

  • my start up not working something not right guide me how to fix it

  • I also saw a comment that said this was somehow caused by “Dropbox.” I was not using it that much and uninstalled it. Worked like a champ. However, I still have Dropbox on two other machines… without the “Start Menu not workin…” problem.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Great!

  • Thanks a lot! This worked for me!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ !:)

  • Kapil, that worked! Thanks so much. Re-registering the start menu was a cool work around!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Nice to see it worked!

  • When I did it, it worked and then once I rebooted the computer the message is back! :(

  • I tried this process but it was not working
    So I uninstalled dropbox from the system and everything is back to normal
    atleast for now!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Very cool 😄

  • tried this twice. both times the machine thought about what I entered and then returned to
    the P SC,,,,,,,,,,,,>
    I get the impression this fix only works if certain parts of the problem exist.

  • None of this worked for me nor did any other fixes that worked for others. I read someone just deleted Dropbox & the start menu came back. I did that & IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hours of wasted time.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ All that matters is you get it sorted!

  • HI, I used the fix in the Administrative Powershell & it worked for about a week. The same problem came back so I ran the fix again & it worked again. Is this normal that the problem comes back & can it be fixed permanently ?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Unfortunately, re-installation is the only permanent fix for this.

    http://www.kapilarya.com/reinstall-windows-10-without-affecting-personal-files

  • i am getting this
    and don’t know how to do it as an administrator
    thanks in advance

  • this did not solve the problem at all. I was able to successfully complete the task above using administrator options but after reboot, i have no access to my start menu of Cortana. Windows 10 sucks!

  • It worked for me. Thanks!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for your feedback! :)

  • great!thank you… finally solved!!!!!!! :)

  • Kapil
    Thank you for your diligence and persistence!
    My problem seems to be a hybrid. In my admin account, cortana and the windows search/tiles work correctly – and have. My problem is with my user account which does not have admin privileges, and in which Cortana and the Windows shell option have stopped working (give me a critical error message) – I don’t recall what broke it – it is in the past several months – havent’ added software – I think it was after a windows update. I reran the powershell process in the admin account, but it did not fix the situation. If I could I would like to fix the account rather than recreate a new one since I have so many programs registered there.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Have you tried enabling Start Screen? Read more suggestions here: http://www.kapilarya.com/fix-your-start-menu-isnt-working-windows-10

  • Thank you Kapil! It worked after the powershell command was executed, and my system was restarted!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Awesome 😎

  • THANK YOU ;-;

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it worked! :)

  • Great, finally!! Thanks a lot!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help ☺️

  • Kapil this was a god send after pulling my hair out trying to work with MS. Thank you so very much. Cheers mate!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ 😎

  • It unfortunately didn’t work for me

  • sorry but this didn’t work on me

  • These comments made on this forum have done NOTHING to help resolve the startmenu issue!!

  • First, it appears that you’ve only responded to those for whom your fix worked. At least one other person (Ruann) received the same “ACCESS DENIED” message that I just did (12/1/2016 – 3:33 PM EST)
    and you left no response!
    Did we both mistype the command line? If so, fine; just tell us (and the rest of the followers here) and I’ll go back and try retyping it again. However, if that message means something else, PLEASE leave a comment so that we can make another attempt to rectify this mind-numbing situation.
    Thank you.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Access denied message appears when you don’t have required permissions to perform any operation. I’ve already replied to someone with this error – Make sure you checked “Create this task with administrative privileges option” at step 3.

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