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3 Ways to fix your Dead Windows 10 21H2 Start Menu problems 2022

Windows 10 start menu not working, Start menu not responding to your clicks or crashes at startup? Or windows 10 Start menu not opening even click on the start button. Here best solutions to fix the Dead Windows 10 Start Menu problems or Fix the “Critical Error” message on Windows 10 November 2021 update Version 21H2.

Issue: Windows 10 Start menu not Working or not responding to Clicks 

Users report After recent windows 10 upgrade, everything has been working fine. But now the start menu icon isn’t working and can’t get to my apps. Also action center and volume are not working. How do I fix start menu problems in Windows 10?

Windows 10 start menu not working

There are many reasons such as Third-party programs, especially the free PC optimizers and antivirus, Corrupted system files or installed updates that cause this problem. Well if you are struggling with this problem here we have 3 working solutions to help to fix the unresponsive windows 10 start menu.

Start with basic whenever you face a problem like this simply Restart your computer and get windows a fresh start.

Sometimes third-party applications cause the start menu to stop working at the startup, Perform windows Clean boot To check and identify if any startup application causing the issue.

Go to “Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in” options then scroll down to “Privacy” and switch the “Use my sign-in info…” slider to “Off”.

  • Open task manager pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together.
  • Under process, tab look for “Start“, right-click on it and select end task,
  • It’ll immediately kill the Start Menu process and restart it
  • Now check if this helps fix the start menu problem.

Restart Win 10 Start menu task

Update Windows 10

Microsoft regularly releases security updates with various bug fixes to make windows 10 error-free. Check and make sure the latest Security patch is installed on your PC.

  • Press Windows + I keyboard short to open the settings app,
  • Click on update & security than Windows update,
  • Next hit the check for updates button to allow the download latest security updates from the Microsoft server.
  • Once updates download, restart your PC to apply them.
  • Now check if the Windows 10 start menu working normally.

Check for windows update

Re-register Windows 10 start menu

This is the most working solution I have found to fix all windows start menu app problems.  To do this you need to open Powershell with admin privileges.

  • As the start menu not working simply right-click on the taskbar and open task manager.
  • Here on task manager click on file -> type cmd and checkmark on create this task with administrative privileges.
  • Then type the following command and press Enter:

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

re-register default Windows apps

After Execute the command simply restart windows and check on the next login, I am sure this time windows start the menu working properly without any problems.

Run system file checker utility

As discussed before corrupted missing system files, especially after Windows 10 21H2 update may cause different problems to include this windows 10 start menu unresponsive problem. We recommend to, Run System file checker Utility to make sure corrupted system files not causing the issue.

  • Open the Command Prompt as an administrator,
  • Type command sfc /scannow and hit the enter key.
  • This will check the Windows system for corrupted files if found any the SFC utility restore them with the correct one if possible.

Run system file checker

In case if system file checker utility fails to restore them Then use the DISM restore health command (Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management) which can repair corruption that was preventing SFC from doing its job. In the Command Prompt, type:

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

DISM restore health command

Create a New Admin Account

Some people find that their Start menu stops functioning properly after bigger Windows updates. If you’re one of these people, then a tried and tested solution is to create a new Windows admin account, make sure that the Start menu is working on it, then transfer all your files over.

  • Open Task Manager using keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc,
  • Click “File and select Run new task
  • Here typenet user yourname yourpassword /addinto the box,

where “yourname” is what you want to name the account, and “yourpassword” is the password you want for the account.

Tick the checkbox to make it an administrator account, then click “OK.”

command to create new admin account

  • Now log off from the current user login and login to the new account.
  • You may notice the Windows 10 Start menu working properly without any problem.

To transfer your settings and apps over to the new account, log back into your old account, then go to “Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings.” Click the “Advanced” tab, then under “User Profiles” click “Settings.” Select your newly created account from the list and click “Copy To.

Check Application Identity Service

The Application Identity Service in Windows 10 uses a service called Applocker to decide which applications are and aren’t allowed to run on your PC. Make sure this service is started and working properly.

  • Press Windows + R, keyboard short, type services.msc and click ok,
  • This will open the Windows services console,
  • Scroll down and locate Application Identity
  • Right-click on Application Identity service select start,
  • Make sure its startup type is set to automatic.
  • Restart your PC and check if the start menu working normally.

These are the best-known ways to get your Start menu back in order. And fix Struglish dead windows 10 Start menu problems such as start menu not working, start menu not responding or crashes at startup.

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