I'm glad you got it narrowed down to the cause.
I had previously followed the instructions of the tutorial on ďmoving user profile folder to another locationĒ and that had been working fine until I lost the use of the Start button, and Edge.
I was hoping that I wouldnít need to return them to the original default location because the OS and programs are on my C: drive, which is an SSD. My user accounts are on my D: drive thatís a regular HDD. The problem is, my user account alone is larger than the SSD C: drive, so Iím not sure if it would work.
If it doesnít, I do use OneDrive and most of my personal files are on that. Since itís backed up in the OneDrive cloud and on my laptop Iím thinking would it work if I removed it from my user account, and then move the user back to the C: drive?
For the numbers, I have 43 GB free on C: and the user account size is 127 GB, if I removed 100 GB of the OneDrive folder would I only be moving back 27 GB? Which would leave 16 GB on C: minus the 8.9 GB needed for the In-place upgrade, and finally come up with a little over 7 GB on C:
Thanks for the suggestion. I went with it and tried, but no luck. After it went through the whole process, the start button, and Edge were still not working. After that, as a lark I opened the Microsoft store to see if there was someway I could download Edge as an app. A pop-up for a chat opened, so I connected with a Microsoft rep on a remote assistance session. He suggested creating a new user account, and when we opened that, Start and Edge were working again.
I imagine re-downloading for the upgrade over-wrote whatever errors there were, but that account was just stuck.
Before all of this started I had added two new RAM sticks and somehow inserted them in wrong. It had a lot of boot-up problems so I went through the blue screen troubleshooting page. I did a system restore to a point before I had done the installation, but no luck. It ended up with the only other option possible a compete new install from scratch. Before I did that I opened the case back up thinking the new RAM might be damaged, and I saw what was wrong. I got it to boot-up, but it still ran kind of shaky after that.
Wow, this was "Quite The Challenge", now I feel I could write C++ for Windows Development Team, "Only Kidding"!!!
I'm extremely pleased that you and OldMike65 gave me the confidence through your "Caring and Friendly Support", not to mention your "HUGE Knowledge", to proceed with a Clean Install. It just took a bit of planning for Files, Folders and Stuff.
For "Anyone" who is Sick and Tired of dealing with all the Irritating and Time Consuming Issues: "A Clean Install is Definitely Your BEST Answer"!
Talk about making an "Old Computer NEW Again", WOW, and Fast Too!
Thank You Very Much,
Just want to Thank You and Shawn for all your support.
Couldn't and probably wouldn't have EVEN tried such a task, without your Help and Knowledge.
With only one eye from Nam, it takes a while to focus, read and understand but, "Persistence Pays"!
After a bit of planning for Files and Folders, as you suggested, everything went "Fantastic".
WHO SAYS.... "You Can't Teach an Old Dog NEW Tricks"?!!!
Talking about Dogs, Bella Deserves "2" Treats Tonight: One From Me and One From My Brand New Old Computer!!!
Never knew my computer was THAT FAST.