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Fix: Windows 10 Start Button Not Working?


Windows 10 Start button not working when you click on it? Don’t worry! In today’s troubleshooting guide you will learn possible ways to get rid of this issue.

Fix: Windows 10 Start Button Not Working?

Windows 10 Start button is one of the most demanded features of the Windows operating system. Just by clicking on this start button (available at the bottom left side of the screen) users can navigate to various settings and options available in the Windows 10.

Start button in Windows 10 play very important role, but what if Start button not working in Windows 10? It is really annoying and I can bet on this. It sounds like a simple issue, but it is counted as one out of the most annoying issues of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Start Button Not Working

The majority of the users reported on different forums that after upgrading to latest build of Windows 10 they noticed that Windows 10 start button not working. In case, you’re one out of them and want to fix Windows 10 Start menu button issue, then here are some possible troubleshooting steps which you may want to try.

1. Restart your system

One of the initial and working solution to fix all the issues related to Windows 10 is by rebooting your system. More than 50-60% issues are fixed just by following this step. So you can start with this step.

2. Run Windows 10 Start menu troubleshooter

Start menu troubleshooter for Windows 10 is already released by Microsoft. You can use this troubleshooter to fix all the issues related to the Windows 10 Start menu. You can click here to download this troubleshooter. Simply run it and follow the instructions.

windows 10 start menu troubleshooter

In case, it fails to fix the issue related to Windows 10 Start button, then head over to next suggestions.

3. Restart Windows Explorer

Some users suggested they fixed this issue by restart Windows Explorer. Here is how you can do that on your machine:

Right-click on Windows 10 Taskbar and from the context menu select Task Manager. Don’t forget to click on more details option, if you’re running Task Manager for the first time.

restart windows explorer in windows 10

Under Processes tab, navigate to Windows processes section. Here scroll down until you find a process named as Windows Explorer. Make right click on it

Close Task Manager.

Hopefully, this will fix the issue or you can try the next suggestion.

4. Run System File Scanner

You can also take the help of System File Scanner if Windows 10 start button not working. Here is how you can do that:

Run System File Scanner in Windows 10

In the Elevated Command prompt, you need to type following code and hit Enter.

sfc /scannow

5. Repair Windows Image using DISM

Some users shared that they fixed the windows 10 start button issue by repairing Windows Image. Here is how you can do that:

repair windows image using dism in windows 10

Simply launch the elevated Command prompt terminal and copy & paste this command: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth, and hit enter.

Restart once the scan is completed and check if this fixes the issue. You can check this page for more details.

6. Use Full-Screen Start or Tablet mode

Another group of users suggested that they fixed the issue by first enabling the Windows 10 tablet mode and then back to normal mode.

enable use full start screen in windows 10

For using Start full screen, you need to make right-click on the Taskbar and select Taskbar Settings. Here on the right pane turn on the option which reads “Use Start full screen“.  Once done, disable it.

enable tablet mode in windows 10

For enabling Tablet mode, click on notification icon available in the notification area. Now click on the Tablet mode button. Once done, disable it.

Just enable and disable Start full screen or Tablet mode and see if this help out.

6. Reregister the package

This another working method that helps if the start button not working in windows 10. For that, you need to launch the elevated command prompt.

reregister the package in windows 10

After that type PowerShell and then copy & paste the following command and hit Enter.

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

Once the package is reregistered, simply reboot your system. I hope this will fix the issue.

7. Create new user in Windows 10

You can also create a new user to fix the problem related to Windows 10 Start button. For that, you need to open elevated command prompt window and then type the following command and hit Enter

net user username /add

In the above command, you need to replace username with the username of your choice. For Example, I’m using the username as geekermag. With this username command will be like:

net user geekermag /add

Once the process is completed you will see the message just like shown in the above screenshot.

create new user account in windows 10 using command prompt

Now reboot your computer.

On the left bottom side Windows 10 login screen, you will see a new user simply click on it and login into your computer.

Check out if this fixes the issue.

8. Clean Install Windows 10

In case, all the steps discussed above fails if start button in Windows 10 not working issue, then the last resort is to perform a clean installation of Windows 10.

That’s it.

You can also check my previous guide to fix Windows 10 Start Menu Critical Error

So these are possible suggestions which you can use to fix Windows 10 start button not working issue. You can try these and let me know in the comments which suggestion helps you so that other can also take benefit from this troubleshooting guide.

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  1. Two days after a huge update I had the same problem and SOLVED it even though I’m not a computer whizz! I watched several videos, and read several strings on this, most of which frightened me as I’ve never delved into config systems and such! but I thought before I try anything daring I would start by restoring the computer to a previous restore point which is what I did. It took about 10 minutes and after a restart it worked perfectly. Hope this helps somebody else!



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