How to Solve Start Menu not working Problem in windows 10/11

Start Menu might just get stuck in Windows 11 or windows 10 and would not open up. The Start Button may sometimes not work at all. To resolve this issue, you may proceed with the below prescribed step-on-step processes-

Initial Workaround – Sometime Restarting your PC fixes this issue.

Fix 1 – Restart File explorer

1 – Press CTRL + SHIFT + Esc Keys together from the keyboard to open task manager.

2 -Now, Locate Windows explorer . Right click on it and Choose restart.

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Fix 2 – Re-register start menu shell package

1 – Search Powershell in Taskbar search box and then do a right click on the powershell icon and select run as adminsitrator.

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2 – Now, copy and paste the powershell command shown below in the powershell window and hit enter key to execute it

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

3 -Close the powershell window and try again.

Fix 3 – Restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe

1 – Open Task manager by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys together to open Task manager

2 – Locate StartMenuExperienceHost.exe , right click and choose end task

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Click on End process from the prompt which appears. Wait for few seconds and it will automatically restart itself. Now, check whether your issue got resolved or not.

If it does not get solved, In task manager , Click on File > Run new task and then type StartMenuExperienceHost.exe in it and Click Ok.

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If this also do not work, Try ending task for the following processes given below

  • SearchIndexer.exe
  • RuntimeBroker.exe
  • SearchHost.exe

Fix 4 – Disable Auto Hide Taskbar

1 – Open Settings panel by pressing Windows and I keys from keyboard

2 – Click on Personalization

3  – Click on Taskbar in the left menu.

4 – Now, Turn Off Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode

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For Windows 11 Users

1 – Search controls alignment of the taskbar in Windows  search box.

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2 – Now, Click on controls alignment of the taskbar from the search result.

3 -Now, Make sure Automatically hide the Taskbar option is not selected.

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Fix 5 – Reset all apps

1. Press CTRL + SHIFT + Esc Key Together to Open Task Manager.

2. Now, Click on File > Run New Task.

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3. Now, Write Powershell in it and Check Option saying Create Task with Administrative Privilege

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2. Now in the powershell window, type this command –

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

3. The command would take just a second to complete. Ignore errors, if any. Exit the window.

4. Check the Start Button , if it is working correctly.

Fix 6 – using Registry

1. Press Windows key + R together to Open run.

2. Write regedit in it and click OK to Open Registry Editor.


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3. Now, Browse to the following location in the registry editor.


4. Locate start in the right side and Double Click on it to Modify it.

5. Change the value to 4.


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6. Close the Registry editor and Reboot your PC.



1. Press Windows Key + R key Together to Open RUN.

2. Write CMD in it and Press CTRL + SHIFT + Enter keys together.

Run Cmd

3. In command prompt type-



4. Restart the PC after completing the scanning process. Check whether the issue is resolved.

5. Otherwise, open command prompt and type-

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

6. Restart your Pc and check whether it helped or not.

Fix 8: New User Account

It possibly solves the problem. You can just create a new user account and the start button will probably work on this account. If it works, then try to log bck in to your old account.

1 – Press Windows and I key jointly via keyboard to open settings

2 -Now, Click on Accounts

3 -Click on Family & Other users

4 -Click on Add account 

5 -Click on I don’t have this person sign in information

6 -Click on Add a user without microsoft account

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7- Now, Once you have created a Local account, Log in via this account.

8- Now, Login again using old account

Fix 9 : Reset windows

1 – Search Reset this PC in search box.

2 -Click on it.

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3- Follow on screen process to reset windows PC.

This is the last possible solution, and you can do so by saving all your data as a backup on to a hard disk and then going with either of the 2 options available –

  • Keep my files

  • Remove everything

Hope, this would have helped you. If you have any other way of working this out, notify us by commenting below.