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  1.    15 Apr 2016 #11
    Join Date : Jan 2015
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    The Powershell command is focussed on the problem. That's the one to try first, and seems now to be valid option.
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  2.    16 Apr 2016 #12
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    I used the program Classic Shell to get a start menu back, but it doesn't unlock the locked up windows components, like Cortana, ect.
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  3.    16 Apr 2016 #13
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    Nor would you expect it too... Classic Shell is great, and correctly and usefully expresses a traditional start menu with subfolders where Win 10's doesn't. But it's a separate program.
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  4.    16 Apr 2016 #14
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    Windows 10

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

    I can't begin to express my exasperation that this problem still exists and no reliable workaround has been found, just ways that sometimes work temporarily. Assuming I can find reliable instructions for how to revert and block further updates, I think that's what I'm going to do. Then, in another few months, I can revisit the situation and see if Microsoft has *finally* fixed the problem.

    I think I may take my old laptop and put Linux on it just to see if I could possibly find that a satisfactory alternative to dealing with Microsoft and the absolute CRAP they foist off as an operating system.
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  5.    16 Apr 2016 #15
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    Ok this will fix it.. almost certainly. Has done in many cases. I didn't suggest it 'cos I think your elderly mother will prefer Win 8 familiarity.

    Assuming you can boot normally:

    An In-place upgrade repair install will fix many things, but not those where the settings are not changed by the procedure.

    For this you need an installation medium with the same base build as you have installed.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

    This will refresh Windows, after the manner of a Windows installation.
    - all/most associations will be unchanged
    - all your programs will be left installed
    - you will lose any custom fonts
    - you will lose any customised system icons
    - you may need to re-establish your Wi-Fi connection
    - you will need to redo Windows updates subsequent to the build you have used for the repair install
    - Windows.old will be created
    - system restore will be turned off- you should turn it on again and I recommend you manually schedule a daily restore point.
    - you will need to redo any language downloads including the display language if you changed that)

    This is one of the better features of Win10: as each major build comes out, that's your updated reference build, and as updates are mostly cumulative, there will be few to do.

    Before you perform this major repair procedure, do create a disk image.

    Please consider using disk imaging regularly. It's a brilliant way to
    - preserve your system (and your sanity)
    - back up your data
    - restore your system to a previously working state in a relatively short time

    Recommended: Macrium Reflect or Aomei Backupper (free) + their boot disk/device + large enough external storage medium.
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