In Windows 10, the Start does not work: how to troubleshoot
Despite the statements of Microsoft developers, who created the tenth modification of Windows, about its reliability and stability, it is very often possible to meet the situation related to the fact that the “Start” does not work in Windows 10. At the same time, the most common problems are when the buttons in the bottom panel are not there at all, they exist, but they are not pressed by clicking the mouse (or the main menu is not called), the button does not work when you press the Win key. Such a failure can be corrected in several ways, which will be discussed further.
Why doesn't Start on Windows 10 work?
The fact that such incidents can occur due to the effects of viruses, now we are not talking. As it is believed, the main problem is the reconfiguration of system services and components, as well as the installation of service packs.
With the fact that the Start menu in Windows 10 does not work right after the installation of the system, almost no one is confronted. The problem may appear later when the system begins to download update packages with an enviable regularity. When upgrading an existing OS to the tenth version, failure occurs more often.Apparently, during installation, Windows 10 inherits the settings of the previous operating environment, which may contain errors. Again, do not forget about viruses and malware.
Windows 10 Start Button Doesn't Work: Restarting the Graphical Interface
One of the simplest solutions for correcting a situation can be called restarting the graphical interface of the system, for which the Explorer process, also known as the “Explorer”, is responsible for the Task Manager (not to be confused with the file manager).
Thus, if the left Windows 10 Start button does not work, it should be in the above Manager, called via standard 3-button combinations or via the Application Execution Console (Win + R) by entering the taskmgr command, find the required service in the tab of processes PCM menu (right mouse button) use the restart line with the subsequent confirmation of the selected action. However, it is worth noting that such actions do not always help.
Troubleshoot by rolling back the system
If, on Windows 10, after the update, the Start does not work (exactly after installing the next portion of updates), as an option, you can try to return the system to the state preceding the appearance of such a problem.
This can be done through the standard “Control Panel”, which can be accessed via the Run console with the control command (the menu does not open). It should find the section of backup and recovery and perform the procedure rollback, using one of the control points. But first you should review the list of installed updates, remove the latest and block (hide them from the search) so that they are not installed later.
Creating a new registration
If “Start” does not work in Windows 10 and after that, you can use another simple solution, which is to create a new account with administrator privileges, and then see how the system behaves when logging in with such registration.
All these actions, again, are performed in the corresponding section of the Control Panel, which can be called up by the method described above without using the Start button or the Win key to open the main menu.
Using Registry Editor
However, it also happens that in Windows 10 the “Start” does not work even after applying the login under another registration. In this case, you need to change the global settings for the entire system by editing one of the registry keys, which is called by the regedit command in the Run console.
To access the relevant section, you need to use the HKLM branch, in which you should go down to the CurrentVersion directory and the Advanced subsection through the SOFTWARE and Microsoft directories. Here on the right side of the editor there should be an EnableXAMLStartMenu key. If it is not there, first, through the RMB in free space, you need to call the context menu and use the string for creating the DWORD parameter with assigning it the specified name. After that, double-clicking the parameter editing section is called, and the value is set to zero (if there is a key, you just need to change the value from 1 to 0).
PowerShell Console Actions
In some cases, it is advisable to reassign the parameters of the Start button through the PowerShell console (you can get to it by entering the command of the same name).
You must run the editor as an administrator. If this feature is not available, you need to use the System32 directory, the PowerShell subdirectory, and the v1.0 folder in it, where the desired software component is located. Start with admin rights is made through the right-click menu.
The command indicated on the image above is written in the working area of the console, and then the Enter key is pressed.Upon completion, in theory, the situation is normalized (both for cases of nonoperability, and for situations where there is no button on the panel).
Application Microsoft applet
Finally, in cases where the Start does not work in Windows 10, in terms of troubleshooting tools, Microsoft created its own tool, which is a small CAB file called StartMenu (you can download it directly from the official resource).
After downloading, you only need to run it on behalf of the admin and wait until the end of the processing of the embedded commands, following the prompts on the screen. This technique, as practice shows, almost always works (of course, provided that no critical changes are made to the system or there are no viruses and malicious programs or codes in it).
Actions with user directories
Sometimes the point is that the user’s folder has an incorrectly specified name. Most often this is manifested in the fact that the directory name contains letters or characters typed in the Cyrillic keyboard layout.
Accordingly, such folders, especially if they belong to the administrative group, should be renamed with a name in the Latin alphabet.But the mere change of the name of the result may not give, so in the registry entries you need to change the full paths to the renamed directories, and then restart the system.
Instead of the total
From all of the above, we can draw several conclusions. For those who are too lazy to fix a crash through the system registry or with the help of PowerShell toolkit, you can use the StartMenu utility. In other cases, it is better to use the system registry. But without fail it is necessary to pay attention to the folders of users, since all the above actions without this effect may not take it.
But it is not at all necessary to immediately resort to "heavy artillery." It may very well be that it will be possible to return the button to working capacity by a normal restart of the Explorer service or by rolling back the system. But the change of registry keys at the administrator level will be applied to all users, not only to the administrator himself or local registration.