Start Menu and Taskbar Icons Not Responding on Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Windows 10

 
 

Start Menu and Taskbar Icons Not Responding on Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Windows 10

Overview: We have come across situations where Start menu icons, Windows search box, Cortana and taskbar icons do not work. When you click on Start menu nothing comes up, if it comes up you are not able to open any app, all the icons pinned to taskbar does not work, windows search box does not work and even Cortana does not respond. Today in this post we will troubleshoot and help you fix these issue.

Let’s Start with Few Practical Scenarios

Scenario 1: Start Menu Not Working

I recently was asked to upgrade Dell backup and recovery. When I did this the upgrade did not complete but since then the start menu is no longer working. Initially, I got a critical error and was asked to restart. Since then nothing happens when I click on the start menu (just the indication for a few seconds that it does try to do something – blue ring – is showing). Also, the Internet Explorer icon is no longer showing in the bottom task line. I can still right click on the start menu and get the power option but I cannot call up any apps or programs from there anymore. How can I get the start menu with the apps and programs to call running again?

Source: Dell Forum

Scenario 2: Windows 10 Start Button Not Working

Hello, I am using windows 10 preview build, the most recent one. Just last night the start menu stopped working, it doesn’t work on the keyboard either. If I click it, a loading sign will appear for half a second but It won’t do anything. Cortana seems to work fine. My antivirus is AVG. I really like a lot of the features of Windows 10 and that’s why I would like to buy a license, however, the bugs are a problem. Hope a fix is found for this 🙂

Source: Microsoft Community

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Restart Your PC

Most of the time simple restart fixes the issue. Try launching the Start Menu or taskbar app icon after you restart PC. If the issue still persists move on to the next step.

Use Windows Powershell

  • Open Task Manager using Ctrl + Shift+ Esc keys on the keyboard or make a right click on the start menu and click on Task Manager
  • In the Task Manager window, click File on the top left, then click on Run New Task.
  • Check the small box option to Create this task with Administrator Privileges, type powershell and hit the Enter key on the keyboard.
  • In the powershell window, use the below mentioned command.
  • Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  • Hit the Enter key.
  • Ignore the red text that you see in the powershell windows and restart the system once it’s done.

Run DISM and SFC Scan Command

  • Open Task Manager using Ctrl + Shift+ Esc keys on the keyboard or make a right click on the start menu and click on Task Manager.
  • In the Task Manager window, click File on the top left, then click on Run New Task.
  • Check the small box option to Create this task with Administrator Privileges, type cmd and hit the Enter key on the keyboard.
  • Then enter the below command and hit enter

           DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

It may take some time to complete, once done enter the below command on the same command prompt window and hit enter.

          sfc /scannow

Restart the system once the process is complete and check the start menu.

Update Windows 10

It might be difficult to open Windows 10 settings when Start menu does not work, so use Windows key + I on the keyboard to launch Windows 10 Settings. In case, it does not work, make a right click on the Start Menu to open Windows 10 Settings as shown below.

Open Windows 10 settings by making right click on the start menu

Go to Update & Security and click on Check for updates

Restart the PC once the update is complete.

In case, you face any issue updating Windows 10 then visit the below link and Update Windows 10 Manually with the help of Windows 10 Update assistant.

Windows 10 Update Assistant

Click on Update now

Update-Now

In case Windows 10 Update Assistant does not work, update Windows 10 from Microsoft Media Creation Tool

Visit this link and Click on Download tool now.

Then run media creation exe file and on Windows 10 setup click on Accept for Microsoft license terms.

Now on the next screen select Upgrade this PC now and click on Next.

Upgrade-this-pc-now

I have seen updating the Windows fix the issue most of the time. In case the issue still persists, follow the next step.

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Update drivers in Windows 10 From Device Manager

Driver updates in Windows 10 for devices like monitors, network adapters, keyboard, mouse printers, USB drive, External HDD, graphics cards etc. are automatically downloaded and installed via Windows Update. You might already have the latest drivers, but sometimes its required to manually update or reinstall a driver, follow the steps mentioned below:

Press Windows Key + R on the keyboard to open Run box, type devmgmt.msc in the run box and hit OK

Now select the component which you want to update, make a right click to update the driver as shown below by selecting Search automatically for updated driver software.

Update-from-device-manager

Search-automatically-to-update-driver-software

Once the driver is installed restart the system.

Perform System Restore

Sometimes it has been noticed that after installing some driver, updates or installing any app might have caused Startup Menu issue, in that case, you can restore your PC from a system restore point. Restoring your PC undoes recent changes made to the PC.

Please keep in mind that restoring your PC will not affect your personal files but it will remove apps and updates that were installed after the restore point.

To perform the system restore, Press Windows Key + R on the keyboard to open Run box, type rstrui in the run box and hit OK

On Restore system files and settings window click on Next

Restore system files and settings windows

Select a date which you think is related to the app, driver or update which has caused the Start Menu issue and then click on Next.

Syatem-restore-date

Confirm your restore point and click on Finish.

Finish-System-Restore

It will take time to complete restore, your system may restart several times during the process. Once done try using the Start menu and Taskbar App Icons.

Create a New Administrative Account

To create local account open Windows 10 Settings by pressing Windows + I (or make a right click on the start menu)

  • Go to Accounts
  • Go to Family or other users and click on Add someone else to this PC

Add someone else to this PC

  • If it’s asking for an email do not enter an email, click on I don’t have this person’s sign in information

I don't have this person's sign in information

  • Select Add a user without a Microsoft account then create a new username and password and click on Next.

Add a user without a Microsoft account

New Windows 10 local account

  • Make sure you make this local account an administrator.
  • Once the account is created on the same account settings page click on the new local account which you created and then click on Change account type 

Change account type

  • Change the type from a standard user to Administrator and hit OK.

How to make windows account to an Administrator

  • Restart your PC and login into the new account. Start Menu and all the taskbar icons should start working, please note that you will not have any personal data on this new account but you can always transfer the files from the old account to this new account.

Reset Your PC/ Reinstall the OS

If all the above steps do not resolve the Start menu or any issue related to Windows 10, then you might have to reinstall the Windows 10 on the system as it might have gone corrupt. Please note that you will lose all the data and the apps you installed on the system so please backup your data before you reinstall Windows 10. To know how to reinstall the Windows 10 on your PC you can visit the below link.

How to reinstall Windows 10

Wrap Things Up

I hope this article helped you to fix the start menu, taskbar issue on your PC. If you like this post, please share it to help others. Keep visiting the website for more upcoming posts on Windows 10.

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