Quick fixes For Unblocking Your Start Menu In Windows 10

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Quick fixes For Unblocking Your Start Menu In Windows 10

The start menu is like the steering wheel which basically makes navigation around your all new windows 10 super speedy and simple. So clearly, when this splendid steering wheel decides to act funny it’s going to drive your brain nuts. Thankfully for every little tantalizing bug, Microsoft brings up, we have a list of alternative fixes you could try.

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Some of these are really basic while some can be a tad bit complicated, you just have to see and hope the easiest one solves your problem.

You also might want to back up all your important files before trying any of these fixes just in case.

So here goes…

Check for corrupt files

Most of these problems come down to corrupt files, and the Start menu is not an exception. 

  • Simply launch the Task Manager either by right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager or just hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
  • Now select “Run new task” and run PowerShell by typing “PowerShell”. Also, Be sure to check the option to run the task with administrator privileges.
  • Once PowerShell has opened, you can type “SFC /scan now” and press Return. Now, Let it run and if you see the message “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some (or all) of them”, it has definitely found some errors.

To fix them, you can type “ISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” – and you’ll need to be online during this, as Windows will download “clean” versions of the corrupted files and automatically replace them. If this doesn’t fix your Windows 10 Start menu problems you’ve got to move on to the next fix.

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Eliminate Explorer

Now, this is a super quick fix and not as dangerous as it sounds but it may or may not solve the start menu problem but it definitely comes in handy through various little situations with the Windows PC.

  • Open The Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar, and selecting Task Manager from the menu, or by pressing down Ctrl+Shift+Escape.
  • If a UAC prompt appears on your screen, click yes and proceed by clicking on “More details” which will appear on the bottom right of your task manager screen.
  • Now you’re going to Head to the “Processes” tab and scroll down below until you see “Windows Explorer”.
  • After which you right-click on the process, and select “Restart” from the menu.

Rebuild Index

While the steps to initiate this process are extremely simple and speedy, the actual process can take some time depending upon how much data windows has to index so…hold on

  • Now you’ve to hold down the Windows Key+R and open the Run window. Then type in the following without the quote marks: “control /name Microsoft.indexing options”.
  • You can now click Modify which is on the bottom left of the Indexing Options window and Click the “Show all locations” button, after which you’ll have to unstick all the currently ticked locations and finally Click OK.
  • Now click on Advanced, and click Rebuild in the Troubleshooting section. A message will pop up saying that this may take some time. Again, Click OK.
  • Hold down the Windows Key to open the Run window again. Now type in “Shutdown -r” without quote marks to reboot your machine. 

If this hasn’t fixed your stubborn Start menu, it’s time to bring out the big guns with the media creation tool fix exactly down below.

 Media Creation Tool

This is one of the most promising fixes for your windows 10 start menu problems but the only reason we didn’t directly take you to this one is the involvement of actually downloading Microsoft’s Windows Media Creation Tool and creating Windows 10 installation media on an external storage device.

It also requires you to reinstall Windows over the top of your existing OS. But another reason to try this out is that it’s not going to delete your files but as advised earlier its always best to back up your important documents so you can experiment around tension free so that worst case scenario and you can still start a clean install of Windows 10 and restore your data from a backup.

Not as complicated as it sounds but this one is definitely going to take a little more time and energy than the other quick fixes so hang on while you try this one.

  • You want to start by going to Microsoft’s website and downloading the correct ISO for your system, which will be either 32-bit or 64-bit.
  • Now create a system installation disk using the Windows Media Creation Tool, and then run Setup.exe from the media that you’ve created.
  • When you go through the menus, be very sure to click “Keep files and applications”. This is really important since it ensures that the installation process will ONLY update and replace the necessary files, but keep your existing data and applications.
  • Now you can relax for a while and hang around, patiently for a refreshed Windows 10 installation with a perfectly working start menu so you can swiftly navigate around your updated and working Windows PC. 

We really hope these quick fixes helped you with the proper functioning of your start menu and helped you save the time and energy in calling up a guy to fix it or trying to reinstall the OS.

Now, if none of these quick fixes does the job, we would advise you to again back up all of your super important data and start a new Windows 10 installation process from the very start.

Unless your PC or laptop is immensely old and slow, a full reinstallation wouldn’t take much of your time. Oh, and if by any chance you do have a fast USB thumb drive or an external SSD, installing Windows directly from there is your best bet and you’ll be done in half an hour or something which is fast for the whole installation of Windows 10.


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