On the huge demand of users, Microsoft restored back the Start Menu in Windows 10, which they taken away from Windows 8. 80% of the users are now happy with Windows 10, since it has both Start Menu and Screen. But the restored back Start Menu is quite changed this time as it can house Universal app and Desktop app entries at the same time. You can read about all new features of Windows 10 in following article:
The Start Menu in Windows 10 is integrated along with Cortana, Task View and other core features. If you love to code, you can understand it in the way that these are nested functions. Well, recently we came around a critical error situation appeared as a result of Start Menu‘s integration with other core features. If either of the nested features isn’t working, you’ll keep getting this message:
Critical Error Your Start Menu isn't working. We'll try to fix it the next time you sign in.
You may also receive this:
Critical Error Your start menu is damaged. We will try to fix it on start up.
Or this one as well:
Critical Error Start menu and Cortana aren’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next time you sign in.
These errors clearly indicates that Start Menu or Cortana has lost their functionality – but it may also possible that some other feature integrated with them is not working. The message also promises that the issue MAY got fixed if you re-logon. For some users, Windows will be able to solve the issue at next logon or reboot. While, if you’re keep getting the same error even after after multiple re-logons, here are the ways you need to follow now:
FIX : Your Start Menu Isn’t Working. We’ll Try To Fix It The Next Time You Sign In.
FIX 1 : Try to re-register Start Menu
You can re-register the Start Menu to reset it to factory defaults. Following Windows PowerShell guide will help you for that:
After re-registering Start Menu, reboot the machine and check if the issue gets resolved. In case if the error gets resolved, you’re good to go! In case if it’s not, try the FIX 2.
FIX 2 : Create a new user account
Creating a new user account will not only re-register Start Menu but Store and all other apps as well. Hence if your Start Menu is malfunctioned due to some other feature, creation of new user account will be able to solve this.
Also, if you’ve switched to Microsoft account, try switching back to local account and vice versa, see if this contributes to solve the problem.
One more suggestion I want to add here is to enable Start Screen. Since the error looks confined to Start Menu, Start Screen should work normally then. So try enabling Start Screen and revert back, check the status of issue.
FIX 3 : Reinstall Windows without affecting your data
If you’re done with FIX 1 and 2 and nothing worked, the last option you’ve is to reinstall Windows 10 without affecting your personal files and apps.
Windows 10 comes with this facility and this is the correct scenario to take advantage of this feature. Here is how-to part:
Although I strongly recommended to take a backup of your files before you proceed for re-installation.
Let me know via comments, if you need more help on this!