What to do when Windows 10 start button not working?

Windows 10 has come a long way since its launch in 2015. Microsoft has made every possible effort to make Windows 10 the best operating system. However, a few bugs and errors keep occurring. The majority of errors reported with the Windows 10 technical preview launch have been fixed by various Windows updates launched by Microsoft from time to time. Unfortunately, this issue of the “Windows 10 start button not working “was reported to Microsoft in the very early phase of its development, and updates were; launched to fix it, but the issue still exists. Visit “How to take a screenshot on Windows?

What is the latest, tested, and verified steps to fix the windows 10 start button not working issue

1. Show a hidden Windows 10 Task Bar

If you can’t see the start button windows taskbar may be hidden. Try the below mentioned steps to fix this issue. 

  • Press Windows key + I to open windows Setting.
  • Select Personalization > Taskbar.
  • Turn off Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode or Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode.

2. Restart Windows explorer

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager. 
  • Select More Details at the bottom left.
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  • Go to the Process tab at the top and select Windows Explorer.
  • Right Click Windows Explorer and click Restart.
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3. Check for windows Update to fix Windows 10 start button not working issue

  • Press Windows key + I to open windows Setting.
  • Select Personalization > Taskbar.
  • Go to Update & SecurityWindows Update, and then select Check for updates. Select any available Updates for install and restart the system if asked.

4. Restart Your Device

There might be updates waiting for install in the next Restart. It’s a better idea to restart the system and check if the issue gets resolved

To Restart your device when the start button is not functioning. Press Ctrl + Alt Delete, select Power and then select Restart.

5. Run the System File Checker tool

If the Window is freezing or windows core functions are not working, this may be due to a corrupted windows file. You use System File Checker to scan Windows and restore your files.

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager
  • Select File> Run a new task
  • Type CMD and place the checkmark next to create this task with administrative privileges and hit Ok.
System File Checker to fix Windows 10 start button not working issue
  • Typs sfc /scannow and hit enter. The sfc /scannow command will scan all protected system files, and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. Reset Your Pc
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Important: Don’t close the command prompt windows until the process is 100% completed.

  • Once the scan is completed, you will see the message whether the system files are repaired or not. Restart the system and check if the issue is fixed.

6. Restore Built-In Apps to fix Windows 10 start button not working issue

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager
  • From the File menu, select Run new task.
  • Type PowerShell and place the checkmark next to create this task with administrative privileges and hit Ok.
Restore Built-In Apps on Windows 10
  • Copy pastes the following command written below in red in the Powershell window and hit enter.
Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

Important: Don’t close the command prompt windows until the process is completed.

  • When the command is finished restart the system.

Last Updated on June 14, 2021