How to fix broken Start Menu in Windows 10

Usually the Start menu is where you start the various functions in a computer. Almost all the applications find their way beginning from the Start Menu. Of course, there are shortcuts but if the keyboard is down, you will have to manually navigate your way to the application from the Start Menu. However, what do you do when your Start Menu itself is corrupted? How do you even access to the Control Panel or the Settings window without the Start button? Here are some easy methods you can take use to fix the broken Start Menu. Before that, take this precautionary measure.


Backup your data

It is always wise to keep a backup of all your files and data or a copy of it stored elsewhere. In case of a breakdown of the system or any application, you can always refer to this, backup and restore your lost or corrupted data. This needs to be done before anything untoward happens. Now you need not worry about losing your files and focus on fixing your Start Menu.


How do I fix the broken Start Menu

Restart or switch off and on your system

The simplest solution is to restart your system. This is easy. Just follow the following commands performed on the keyboard.

  • Press the Windows key
  • Using the arrow and tab keys, scroll to the Start/Stop icon, press Enter to select it
  • Scroll to the option Restart and press Enter

The system will restart and refreshed. Now you can try to use the Start button.

Otherwise, you can carry on this process:

  • Press the Windows key + i to open the Settings menu OR Windows key + R to open the Run command box
  • Type in ms-settings and click OK
  • Click on Updates and Security
  • On the right, click on Check for Updates and update anything that is offered
  • Then restart your system

 Create a new user account

By creating a new user account on your system, you may be able to change settings as another user. As an outsider to the primary user account, you will be able to explore and discover the cause of the problem. You can create a new user account by following these steps:

  • Press Windows key + R and type in Control Panel in the command box
  • Select User Accounts > Change Account Type > Add new user in PC settings
  • Add a new user to any one of the options given – Family or General and set up the new account
  • Through this newly created user account, you can make the necessary changes and fix your Start Menu
  • Do not erase the primary account so you can get back to using it once the problem is cleared

Run System File Checker

Sometimes, the problem may be because of any malfunction in the File Systems that is responsible for the functioning of files and how they are laid out. You can fix this by using the command utilities that can be set in a moment. Follow these steps:

  • Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del
  • Select File > Run new task
  • Type in CMD in the command box and click OK
  • A window will display the following command


  • Type in the following

sfc/scannow and hit Enter

A simpler way to follow these steps is this:

  • Right-click on the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type in sfc/scannow and press Enter

The system will now run a scan on all the files and will inform you if there are any issues that needs to be resolved.

Reinstall the Windows apps

By reinstalling the Windows apps, you can, refresh and update the Windows apps that are installed onto the Windows 10 system. Follow these steps to perform this method:

  • Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del
  • Select File > Run new task
  • Type in CMD in the command box and click OK
  • A window will display the following command


  • Type in powershell and press Enter
  • Copy and paste the following command

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

  • Press Enter and wait for the system to perform the task
  • Once the entire process is over, you can close it and check if the Start Menu is functioning properly again

Reset the OS Windows 10

This method will reinstall your operating system, without altering the files saved. They will not be removed or misplaced. Follow this to reset your Windows 10.

  • Go to Settings from the Start menu by pressing the Windows key
  • Select Update and Security and Recovery on the left panel
  • Select Restart Now

You can even use the Refresh Windows 10 Tool that can be downloaded from the internet. This tool will download the latest version of Windows 10 and updates the operating system.


Using theses 6 methods, you can fix your dysfunctional Start button and get it back in action. If further problems arise, you can contact a professional for best results.