Start Menu Not Working After Updating Windows 10 To May 1903 Update

 
 

Start Menu Not Working After Updating Windows 10 To May 1903 Update

Troubleshooting Steps to Fix Start Menu Not Working After Installing Windows 10 May 1903 Update

There are many Windows 10 users who are facing issues with the Start Menu, Cortana or TaskBar icon not working after updating Windows 10 to 1903 version. My Windows 10 Start Menu stopped responding after updating it to version 1903, I was not able to type anything on Windows Search box, none of the Apps were visible, Microsoft edge or Chrome pinned to the taskbar stopped responding. If you are facing the same issue with the Start Menu, you are in the right place. I will provide some troubleshooting steps which worked for me.
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Run Windows Powershell Command To Fix Start Menu, Taskbar and Cortana Issue

This was the first step I tried and it fixed the start menu issue.

  • Launch 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, select 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 press Enter on the keyboard.

Powershell

  • In the powershell window, copy the command mentioned below and paste it on the powershell window and press Enter.

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

powershell correct command

  • Let the process complete and restart your PC

This step is very successful to fix the Start menu, Cortana, Taskbar icons not working on Windows 10. If the issue still persists, move on to the next step.

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

Corrupt files of Windows update may be the reason of Start menu issue so updating the Windows 10 using Windows 10 Update assistant may fix the issue. Visit the below link to update Windows using Windows 10 Update assistant

Windows 10 Update Assistant

Click on Update now

Windows 10 May 2019 Update available

 

In case Windows 10 Update Assistant does not work, update Windows 10 using 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

This may take some time but updating Windows using media creation tool fixes the Start menu issue most of the time.

Update System Drivers

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 it’s required to manually update or reinstall a driver, follow the steps mentioned below:

Press Windows Key + R on the keyboard to open the 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.

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, 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



 
 

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