Windows 10: Critical Error, "Start Menu not working", several methods tried

  1.    15 Oct 2015 #1

    Critical Error, "Start Menu not working", several methods tried

    Good morning.

    For the last 3 hours, I have tried several solutions to resolve this issue:

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    My taskbar is accessible, my right-click functionality works.

    The Just Plain Ol' Restart Method

    I tried two restarts and even a shutdown-and-restart, but received the same message.

    First Method
    1. Opened a command prompt and tried sfc / scannow and then chkdsk c: /f
    2. Nothing wrong was found.
    3. A restart after that yielded the same result.

    Second Method
    Some Youtube hunting brought me a dism method. Again from the command prompt:

    1. dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    2. dism /online /cleanup-image / restorehealth
    3. sfc / scannow

    Each task completed without error, yet a restart brought me the same resulting error.

    Third Method
    It was at this point I thought I was overcomplicating the issue, and attempted a system restore. I restored to yesterday's backup (apparently there was an update to Windows 10 overnight), and continue to receive the same error message.

    I have another computer to use (from which I'm currently writing this), but the primary computer is the one without the Start menu functionality. It is vexing that aside from a lack of Start Menu everything seems fine. There's no detected viruses or malware.

    If the issue is incompatible drivers (yesterday morning I updated my keyboard and mouse driver without incident), I think that will be my next method, perhaps uninstalling them may help.

    Any advice you may provide is greatly appreciated. I am willing to do a full system overhaul, so long as someone can walk me through how to do it.

    My thanks for your time.
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  2.    15 Oct 2015 #2

    Perhaps I have placed this post in the wrong place. My apologies to the administrators if that is the case.
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  3.    29 Oct 2015 #3

    This worked for me ... From Tech Whizz.
    1. Press: cntrl alt del
    2. Goto: task manager
    3. Click: File; then; run new task
    4. Type: msconfig; click: ok
    5. Goto: boot tab; check: safeboot;
    click: ok
    6. Click: restart; ok (will reboot in safe mode)
    7. From start menu, type: msconfig; click: msconfig run command (may appear as 'system configuration' ... Click it.)
    8. Goto: boot tab; uncheck 'safeboot' and click: ok
    All done!!
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  4.    29 Oct 2015 #4

    I tried the following on Powershell as admin:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

    The frozen taskbar and edge work, but the sfc /scannow and the DISM always give me error. Not sure if this issue is permanently solved or not.
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  5. hamnat's Avatar
    Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       02 Nov 2015 #5

    I got this error today. What finally worked was a system restore from the previous day luckily. I had not had an issue with Windows 10 until this.
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  6.    08 Nov 2015 #6

    Try creating a new account and see if the error happens there.

    If corruption is in %appdata% then sfc/dism/going back to restore points will not help as it is a sub-directory of the users.
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  7. Almighty1's Avatar
    Posts : 1,039
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
       09 Nov 2015 #7

    I wonder does everyone with the problem have Dropbox installed. I experienced this problem but I always fixed it with a in-place install and I am using dropbox.
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  8. Posts : 17
    win 10 home build 10240
       11 Nov 2015 #8

    I had Dropbox & this problem as well. Uninstalled Dropbox & no more critical error. I'm hoping that this is the solution!
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  9. Almighty1's Avatar
    Posts : 1,039
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
       11 Nov 2015 #9

    Hopefully it is but what I don't get is in my experiences which I had always fixed with a in-place upgrade install, it always happens a few days less than one month from the install, if dropbox was the issue, it would happen way sooner unless dropbox does something once a month, wonder if dropbox is aware of the issue.
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