Completely blank Start menu, after trying to Pin "This PC" to it.


  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 64-Bit Enterprise
       #1

    Completely blank Start menu, after trying to Pin "This PC" to it.


    I recently installed Win10 on my machine. It is the LTSC 64-Bit 1809 version.

    After trying to pin This PC to the Start menu, for easier access to my files, my Start menu gone completely blank.

    I've attached here a screenshot of my desktop with the start menu open... couldn't be more straight forward.

    Searching for an answer only came up with solutions for regular Win10 versions not the LTSC version, and it wasn't absolutely blank of things - like my case.

    Any help will be appriciated... thanks a lot.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Completely blank Start menu, after trying to Pin "This PC" to it.-screenshot001.jpg  
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  2. Posts : 8,692
    Mac OS Catalina
       #2

    Did you try restarting Explorer.exe?
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  3. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 64-Bit Enterprise
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Of course, and tried to restart the system also...
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  4. Posts : 8,692
    Mac OS Catalina
       #4

    If this started after the last OS install, then update to latest or non-LTSB install. I know that with tablets, you can disable the Start Button, which can be an issue with desktop/laptop installs. Last time it happened to me, was working with the Samsung Galaxy Book that I had just got my fiancé a month a go. Stopping and restarting explorer and unchecking qnd checking the start button property was two items I tried. It is actually one of those weird problems that occurs because of how 10 has Tablet mode folded into the OS so tightly.
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  5. Posts : 39,995
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #5

    Were you able to open administrative command prompt or administrative powershell?


    1) Open administrative powershell and type or copy and paste:
    2) sfc /scannow
    3) dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    4) dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    5) sfc /scannow
    6) chkdsk /scan
    7) net user test /add

    8) When these have completed > right click on the top bar or title bar of the administrative command prompt box > left click on edit then select all > right click on the top bar again > left click on edit then copy > paste into the thread

    9) After post the results into the thread

    10) shutdown /r
    11) sign on with the new user named test > report into the thread any changes with the start menu
    12) Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}
    13) shutdown /r
    14) sign on with the user named test > report into the thread any changes with the start menu
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  6. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 64-Bit Enterprise
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Code:
    Windows PowerShell
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    PS C:\Windows\system32> sfc /scannow

    Code:
    Beginning system scan.  This process will take some time.
    
    Beginning verification phase of system scan.
    Verification 100% complete.
    
    Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
    For online repairs, details are included in the CBS log file located at
    windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For offline
    repairs, details are included in the log file provided by the /OFFLOGFILE flag.

    PS C:\Windows\system32> dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth

    Code:
    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.17763.1
    
    Image Version: 10.0.17763.737
    
    [==========================100.0%==========================] No component store corruption detected.
    The operation completed successfully.

    PS C:\Windows\system32> dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

    Code:
    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.17763.1
    
    Image Version: 10.0.17763.737
    
    [==========================100.0%==========================] The restore operation completed successfully.
    The operation completed successfully.

    PS C:\Windows\system32> sfc /scannow

    Code:
    Beginning system scan.  This process will take some time.
    
    Beginning verification phase of system scan.
    Verification 100% complete.
    
    Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.

    PS C:\Windows\system32> chkdsk /scan

    Code:
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is ZiGGURATh.VyQ.
    
    Stage 1: Examining basic file system structure ...
      229888 file records processed.
    File verification completed.
      5644 large file records processed.
      0 bad file records processed.
    
    Stage 2: Examining file name linkage ...
      97 reparse records processed.
      317702 index entries processed.
    Index verification completed.
      0 unindexed files scanned.
      0 unindexed files recovered to lost and found.
      97 reparse records processed.
    
    Stage 3: Examining security descriptors ...
    Security descriptor verification completed.
      43908 data files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
      36628448 USN bytes processed.
    Usn Journal verification completed.
    
    Windows has scanned the file system and found no problems.
    No further action is required.
    
     243567615 KB total disk space.
      97233276 KB in 173075 files.
        119380 KB in 43909 indexes.
             0 KB in bad sectors.
        339759 KB in use by the system.
         65536 KB occupied by the log file.
     145875200 KB available on disk.
    
          4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
      60891903 total allocation units on disk.
      36468800 allocation units available on disk.

    PS C:\Windows\system32> net user test /add

    Code:
    The command completed successfully.
    - - - Updated - - -

    I restarted the machine, and signed on as test.

    Start Menu is as it should be.

    Opened the Powershell with admin rights, and entered the "get-appxpackage" command, restarted and signed on with test again. The Start Menu is unchanged and displaying apps as it should be.

    Will post screenshot of the test user Start menu momentarily...

    - - - Updated - - -

    Attachment of the test user screenshot below...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Completely blank Start menu, after trying to Pin "This PC" to it.-screenshot002.jpg  
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  7. Posts : 35,505
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    Standard tricks from the tutorial section - which you're free to browse and search yourself..

    Start Menu Troubleshooter in Windows 10
    Reset Start Layout in Windows 10
    Re-register Start Menu in Windows 10

    Tutorial section:
    Windows 10 Tutorial Index
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  8. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 64-Bit Enterprise
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Reseting the layout appeared to restore it. It does have now an additional section for pinned shortcuts (more resembles like the start menus of the regular win10 versions, not the minimalist look I had before, but It's fine for now).

    Thanks a lot everyone!
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  9. Posts : 35,505
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

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  10. Posts : 39,995
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #10

    EmulcifiedSky said:
    [CODE]

    Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.



    PS C:\Windows\system32> net user test /add

    Code:
    The command completed successfully.
    - - - Updated - - -

    I restarted the machine, and signed on as test.

    Start Menu is as it should be.

    Opened the Powershell with admin rights, and entered the "get-appxpackage" command, restarted and signed on with test again. The Start Menu is unchanged and displaying apps as it should be.

    Will post screenshot of the test user Start menu momentarily...

    - - - Updated - - -

    Attachment of the test user screenshot below...


    Code:
    Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.

    Nice progress.
    You are welcome.

    Compare again the user profiles and identify whether there is or is not a problem with the start menu.

    A corrupt user profile can interfere with windows upgrades.
    If there is no corruption then nothing needs to be done.
    The new user named test can be deleted.

    If there is user profile corruption then plan to delete the user profile after moving the user folders.
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