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How To Fix Start Menu (And Cortana) Not Working In Windows 10

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I upgraded to Windows 10 and now the start menu won’t work. The start menu is gone, which means that I have no way of starting any programs. Is there any way I can fix this?” – Michael D., Australia

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Windows 10 is finally available and like any other software, it has some bugs that need to be worked out. A few users have experienced problems with Windows search and Cortana.


The Windows 10 Start Menu doesn’t appear no matter what you do.


Here are some ways to fix the Windows 10 start menu and Cortana search:

Through The PowerShell

All modern Windows apps will be reinstalled in the process so make sure to save your data.

  1. Press the Windows Key + R > type powershell > press Enter
    Error 80240020 - Run - powershell -- Windows Wally
  2. Powershell should open.
    Error 80240020 - Windows 8 - powershell -- Windows Wally
  3. You can also press the Windows Key, type powershell, Right-click the PowerShell icon on the taskbar and click Run as Administrator.
  4. Copy the following command and Paste it in the Powershell window by right-clicking in the Powershell Window:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  5. Press Enter and wait for the commands to execute completely.
  6. A few errors might appear in Red. Ignore them.

Click the Start button after this process finishes. You should see the start menu appear.

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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