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  1.    24 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 4
    Win10

    Start menu


    All of a sudden the start menu doesn't open when I click on it. That's that square with 4 squares inside the square on the bottom left corner and I can't type in the "Search the web and Windows" box next to it. Also the speaker icon on the right bottom corner won't open too when I click on it. I tried rebooting my computer too.
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  2.    24 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,129
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Many threads on this- please feel free to search the forum.
    Here is one very current I found for you which includes most approaches:
    Loss of start menu - Windows 10 Forums

    (One typing error in the first post where ISM should be DISM)

    Given your other symptom:
    If you haven't yet started to use disk imaging to protect your PC and your sanity:
    - use a System Restore point - if you have any
    or
    - do an in-place upgrade repair install

    (See above thread)
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  3.    24 Apr 2016 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 36
    windows 10

    do a system restore back too the date when u knew that all that was working , i realized if i deleted registry files and rebooted the pc my start menu and speakers wouldn't work , speaker volume control
    once i restored back to another date it worked again and i never deleted registry again
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  4.    24 Apr 2016 #4
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 4
    Win10
    Thread Starter

    Did a system restore and it fixed the problem. Thanks guys for your suggestions!
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  5.    24 Apr 2016 #5
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    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 11,129
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    Great- sometimes things work as they're meant to. But some find system restore is not always reliable, and some experts here therefore strongly recommend using disk imaging routinely - e.g. Macrium Reflect (free).
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  6.    24 Apr 2016 #6
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10

    Ummmm, how do I do a System Restore Point?
    My Search Bar isn't even working... and what happens if I do this?
    Will I lose any data?
    Will the files I placed after the date be deleted?
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  7.    24 Apr 2016 #7
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Hi, if you mean use System Restore to recover your PC using a restore point previously created (before the problem occurred) then
    a. you will have needed to have turned System Restore on (have you ever done that?)
    b. you will need to have done something that created a restore point
    (System Restore has been available from XP, so you can read up on it to answer your questions)

    To see if you have any restore points:
    Press Windows key + X, click Control Panel, System, System Protection.
    You should see sthg like this:
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Can you see it's on for my C + D?
    So I would click System Restore, and then I'd be offered a recommended restore point.

    If you don't have any restore points then there are other repair procedures.
    Please post back.
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  8.    24 Apr 2016 #8
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 48
    Windows 7

    Regarding the OP and his solution, I just had a call-back on this issue. It was from the first client who called with this problem and I had resolved it with a system restore. Two weeks later, it was back. This time I used the method I posted here:
    Solved Windows Start Button: Status? - Windows 10 Forums

    I've used it 3 or 4 times recently with success. Hopefully this addresses the root cause and will prevent another re-occurrence.
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  9.    26 Apr 2016 #9
    Join Date : Apr 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Hi, if you mean use System Restore to recover your PC using a restore point previously created (before the problem occurred) then
    a. you will have needed to have turned System Restore on (have you ever done that?)
    b. you will need to have done something that created a restore point
    (System Restore has been available from XP, so you can read up on it to answer your questions)

    To see if you have any restore points:
    Press Windows key + X, click Control Panel, System, System Protection.
    You should see sthg like this:
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Snap 2016-04-24 at 20.16.29.jpg 
Views:	32 
Size:	45.6 KB 
ID:	76513

    Can you see it's on for my C + D?
    So I would click System Restore, and then I'd be offered a recommended restore point.

    If you don't have any restore points then there are other repair procedures.
    Please post back.
    Sorry took me awhile to post back...
    My internet went out....

    Anyhoo, System Restore took a REALLY LONG time to finish but atleast it worked in the end.. all of my problems dissapeared

    The root cause of the problem was me installing NET.Framework 3.5..
    I don't know why it would cause such a problem but it did..

    Thanks for the help
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  10.    26 Apr 2016 #10
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Strange. Glad it's working. Many here comment that system restore isn't always reliable; if it works and solves the problem, great. But sometimes restores won't work or fail. And of course a restore point only covers a limited number of aspects of the system.

    Highly recommended: disk imaging e.g. Macrium reflect (free) + boot disk + external storage medium.
    - full backup of disks and parititions imaged
    - can restore system as it was relatively quickly without technical assistance (hardware faults aside)
    - allows you to replace a faulty disk or upgrade it
    - can be used with Laplink software to transfer your build automatically to another PC

    And did I mention it helps you sleep at night?
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