Start menu button not working on Windows 10

Few users reported as Start menu button not working on Windows 10 computers. You can also check this guide about start menu and task bar icons not working after Windows update. We can understand the inconvenience. Most users use to click on start menu to access settings, application programs and files. However you still have options to access settings, application programs and files through run command. Refer this links List run command shortcuts, Windows 10 run shortcuts. It is less possible to use run shortcuts to open all applications as it is difficult to remember them always. Windows start menu is the best way to access all your resources on Windows 10.

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What is causing Start menu button not working issue?

Start menu buttons is the major and initial button from where you access all apps, settings and files in Windows. When you click on Windows start menu it does not respond or not opening, due to several reasons.

  1. Improper Windows update installation.
  2. Windows file permission system corrupted.
  3. Faulty anti-virus software configuration.
  4. Corrupted system files or user account.

How to fix start menu button not working issue on Windows 10.

Quick Note: Before making any changes in your computer, I suggest you to create a System Restore point  so that you can restore back your computer to previous working stat if something goes wrong. Perform below troubleshooting steps one by one. After every steps check if the issues is fixed.

Step 1: Check for Windows update

Windows updates can fix several issues on Windows 10 as Microsoft takes user complaints about operating system very seriously, and they periodically release fixes through Windows updates.

  • Press Windows + R key to open RUN command.
  • Type as ms-settings:windowsupdate and click on to open Windows updates.
  • Click on Check for Windows updates button.

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  • If you get any error while downloading or installing update follow below knowledge base guide here.
  • However as a primary fix you can reset Windows update components and check for Windows updates.

Reset Windows update components.

  • Navigate the path: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. (assuming Windows installed in C drive, if not navigate the root path)
  •  Select all files inside the SoftwareDistribution and delete them permanently.
  • Next, Empty the Recycle Bin and try to install updated now.
  • Run this batch script, which can help you in fixing various kinds of issues related to Windows Update. This script can be used in all Windows versions. Batch File to Reset Windows Update.

Step 2: Reinstall Windows apps

Reinstalling Windows modern apps may instantly resolve the start menu button not working issue. As it is almost is equal to reinstalling any applications and it fixes the glitches to make start menu work as usual. To do that follow below.

  • Right click on task bar as shown in image below.

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  • Click on File menu, select Create new task. Type as PowerShell, Make sure Create this task with administrative privileges is checked.

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  • Copy the below code paste it on PowerShell prompt.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Step 3: Create New User Account

Corrupted user account can also create start menu button not working issues. Follow this link to create new user account.

Step 4: Refresh Windows 10

If the issue remains even after performing all the above troubleshooting steps, you can try performing the System Reset to Windows default. Windows reset will reset all system permissions and reinstall Windows default applications.

Refer the below links:

Refresh Windows 10 without erasing data.


Hope above resolution steps start menu not working issues. If not you may have to resintall Windows 10. Windows reinstall is nothing but clean install, you should make sure that you have your data backup, applications license back. Learn more Clean Reset Windows 10.


Arun Prabhakar

Arun Prabhakar immensely interested in following Windows and other technology developments. Being passionate Windows blogger, he loves to help others on fixing their computer issues.