I cant click on any newly installed programs in windows 10 start menu

  1. Posts : 740
    Windows 10 x64 Pro

    I cant click on any newly installed programs in windows 10 start menu

    Been through half a dozen windows 10 installs trying to get it right!

    Im not sure at what point this happened as everything in there from hours/days ago works fine.

    I just installed GIMP2 as im working on fixing my busted iphone icons in devices & printers and I tried to click on it in the start menu and nothing happens. Not like the click even registers whatsoever. Its like its not even there. might as well be clicking on empty space on the desktop.

    Any ideas? Any services that could be the culprit? I always set to manual instead of disable, and ill be the first to admit i turned off indexing as well as used winaero tweaker..

    but so far so good. except this. I'm anal enough that I wont proceed with my icon making until I get this resolved and i will DIE if i have to concede to another dump of windows and a wasted day. Only so much free time w/ a 1 y/o!

    Rest assured I know one of you guys will know. Site is an amazing resource :)
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  2. Posts : 740
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter

    So fwiw - it will work after a restart.

    Question is, what is or is not happening that makes them unuseable until I restart?

    I hope this tidbit makes it an easy fix/easier fix!

    If i didnt have killer OCD and pride in my overpriced PC, i'd just leave it and restart every time i installed something. That being said, its a pain and unrealistic and means an underlying problem exists.

    I'm sure ya'll understand or you wouldnt be here :)
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  3. Posts : 740
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter

    gah - seems it was gimp (i think). Wont mark this as solved just yet - but crisis could be averted.
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  4. Posts : 740
    Windows 10 x64 Pro
    Thread Starter

    yea crisis not averted, same exact issue as shown here

    start menu issue: can not click on the newly installed program
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  5. Posts : 43,282
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, just tried installing GIMP on win 10 pro 64 bits- launches ok from the Win 10 start menu - which I never routinely use (!). I'm running as admin with UAC on.

    You should find its shortcut here:
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    Try opening the folder, and clicking on the shortcut.
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