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How to fix the Start Menu Issue in Windows 10?

Fix problems with the Start menu

To troubleshoot the following problems, select any heading to see more info. Next, follow the steps to try to get things working again.

Note: Please perform any steps at your risk. Digital Gyan assumes no responsibility if you lose any data in the process of fixing the issue. These steps have been taken from the Microsoft website and shared here for your convenience.

Show a hidden start menu

If you can’t see Start or your taskbar, the taskbar may be hidden. To see it, try these steps. 

  1. Press the Windows logo key  + to get to Settings, then select Personalization  > Taskbar.
  2. Turn on Lock the taskbar.
  3. Turn off Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode or Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.

Check for Updates

  1. Press the Windows logo key  + to open Settings. 
  2. Select Update & security  > Windows Update , and then select Check for updates. Install any available updates and restart your computer if required.

Restart the Device

If you didn’t have any updates that required a restart, it’s still a good idea to restart your device to make sure any pending updates are installed.

To restart your device when you can’t access Start, press Ctrl + Alt Delete, select Power and then select Restart.

Update Drivers

While it’s probable you have the most recent drivers, if you’re still experiencing difficulties with the Start menu, you may try resolving it by manually upgrading your graphics or audio drivers.

For more info, see Update drivers manually in Windows.

Restart Windows Explorer

  1. Press Ctrl Shift + Esc to open Task Manager. You may need to select More details at the bottom of the window to see everything.
  2. Select the Processes tab.
  3. Scroll down to Windows Explorer, select it, and then select Restart.

The process may take a few seconds, and your taskbar and Start menu may not be visible while Windows Explorer restarts. You can close Task Manager when the process is complete. 

Create a New Local Administrator Account

If you still can’t fix your problem with the Start menu, try creating a new local administrator account.

If you’re signed in with your Microsoft account, remove the link to that account first by doing the following (if that’s not how you’re signed in, skip to creating a new administrator account):

  1. Press the Windows logo key  + I.
  2. In Settings, select Accounts  Your info  (in some versions, it may be under Email & accounts instead).
  3. Select Sign in with a local account instead. You’ll see this link only if you’re using a Microsoft account, and you may not see it if your device is on a network.
  4. Type your Microsoft account password and select Next.
  5. Choose a new account name, password, and password hint, then select Finish and sign out.

Create the new administrator account

  1. Press the Windows logo key  + I.
  2. In Settings, select Accounts  > Family & other users  (or Other users , if you’re using Windows 10 Enterprise).
  3. Under Other users, select Add someone else to this PC.
  4. On Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional, provide a name for the user and a password, and then select Next. On Windows 10 Enterprise, select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information, and then select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
  5. Set a user name, password, and password hint. Then select Next > Finish.

Make the new account an administrator account

  1. Press the Windows logo key  + I.
  2. In Settings, select Accounts, then select Family & other users.
  3. Under Your family  (or Other users, if you’re using Windows 10 Enterprise), choose the account you created, and then select the Change account type.
  4. Under Account type, select Administrator > OK.

Sign out of your account and then sign in to your new account. If everything is fixed, move your personal data and files to the new account. 

To move your personal files from your old account to your new account, try opening File Explorer, expanding This PC > OSDisk (C:), and looking in the Users folder, where you should see folders for both accounts. You can then copy and paste your files from the old account folder to similar locations in the new account folder. Or if you prefer, you can upload your files from your old account to OneDrive, and then sign in to the new account and download the files from OneDrive.

If the problem still isn’t fixed, try deleting the old administrator account

  1. Press the Windows logo key  + I.
  2. In Settings, select Accounts, then select Family & other users.
  3. Under Other users, select the old administrator account, then select Remove Delete account and data.
  4. After the old account is removed, restart your device and sign in with the new account again.

If you were using a Microsoft account to sign in before, associate the Microsoft account with the new administrator account.

  1. In Settings, select Accounts  > Your info  (in some versions, it may be under Email & accounts instead).
  2. Select Sign in with a Microsoft account instead and enter your account info. You’ll see this link only if you’re using a local account, and you may not see it if your device is on a network.

Reset Your PC

If none of the previous options works, try resetting your PC using Recovery options in Windows for other options.

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