Fix for Inoperative Start Menu in Windows 10

Windows 10 is a great operating system, though the users face issues while working on it. Many Windows users have complained that their Start button is not working or opening even when they press the Windows button. It is also reported that their search bar is dysfunctional and cannot access the applications pinned to the taskbar. The previous version didn’t have the Start button which was a dissatisfaction for users; hence the later version was released with the Start button. But it has some problems, and the Start button issue is one of it.

Fix for Inoperative Start Menu in Windows 10

You can access the computer without using the Start button, but it would be a very frustrating experience. A lot of reasons can be responsible for this abnormal functioning of your system depending upon system configuration, updates, settings, etc. Whatever the reason is, there are methods to prevent the Start menu issue. There are third-party tools that you would want to download, but you must try to diagnose the issue by using the inbuilt tools instead of proceeding to third-party tools.

Here are the fixes for the inoperative Start menu

Restart your Operating System

  1. Press Alt + F4 button to bring the shutdown popup box.
  2. Select Restart from the drop-down menu or manually restart your system.

Command Prompt

  1. Press Windows key + S.
  2. Windows Search will open.
  3. Now type Command Prompt.
  4. Click cmd to open Command Prompt.
  5. Now, PowerShell and press Enter.
  6. Type the command – Get-AppXPackage – AllUsers|Foreach{Add-AppxPackage-DisableDevelopmentMode-Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  7. And press Enter.

Disable Windows Defender Protection

Windows has its inbuilt real-time protection which stands as a wall against malicious software. If you are running an antivirus, then you must turn off the Windows Defender as two security software products will conflict with each other, resulting in the abnormal performance and function of the computer.

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  2. Now, the Task Manager will open.
  3. Select the File tab and click Run New Task.
  4. Type ms-settings:
  5. A new window will open. Click Updates & Security.
  6. Now, select Windows Security from the left panel.
  7. Click the Open Windows Defender Security Center
  8. Now, select Virus & Threat Protection and click Virus & Threat Protection Settings.
  9. Disable the Real-Time protection.
  10. Now, your Windows Defender is disabled.

Creating a New User Account

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. It will open the Task Manager.
  3. Click File and select Run new task.
  4. Type Powershell and tick mark the Create this task with administrative privileges
  5. Now, Powershell will open.
  6. Now, type net user (username and password)/add and press Enter.
  7. Remember, (username and password) is not a part of the command. Here, you will have to type username and password of your choice.
  8. Now, restart your PC.

System File Checker Scan

  1. Press Windows key + R and type cmd in the Run Program.
  2. Type sfc/scannow and hit Enter button from the keyboard.
  3. Now, type the exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth.
  4. After entering the command, type exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth.
  5. Now, close command prompt and Reboot you system

Windows 10 might cause a bit of issues, but it also offers methods to solve them. Start button problem is frustrating but not a huge one to tackle. With the methods mentioned above, you have resolved the issue and made Start button operative again. Well, the methods are workable, but if these don’t work, then you can try updating your Windows or contact the manufacturer to resolve the issue.

Jack Tucker is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry from last 10 year. As a technical expert, he has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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