No longer have Audio, Start Menu, or Settings

  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    No longer have Audio, Start Menu, or Settings

    Hello! I'm currently in serious need of some help with my Windows 10 PC. I have searched for answers to my problems but it always leads to another error or issue. If anyone has any answers to whats going on below please let me know!

    Randomly my PC decided to freeze up completely. I could not move the mouse and nothing was changing on the screen. After around 30 minutes of waiting for it to hopefully unfreeze, nothing happened. I decided it was long enough and used the restart button on my PC to hopefully fix the freeze. It did fix the freeze but brought many more issues. After the restart audio has stopped working, the windows button and search button on the taskbar no longer work and right clicking the desktop and selecting Display Settings/Personalize brings up an error box below.

    Right Clicking the Desktop and selecting Display Settings/Personalize

    Audio Icon along with Troubleshooting and cannot select default playback/recording devices

    Trying to Left/Right Click the Start Menu and Search Button

    If you have any ideas or questions please ask! Thanks for anyone who tries to help.
      My Computer

  2. Posts : 321

    Microsoft provides a possible solution if willing to use it.
    It's called RESET.
    There are several ways to get to SETTINGS.
    If willing, find your way to Settings > Update and Recovery > RESET the system to a clean build.

    Reset Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
    Last edited by nt62; 06 Jan 2018 at 17:56. Reason: added tutorial link
      My Computer

  3. Posts : 3,682
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 21H2

    Before resetting try a System Restore to a time before this happened.
    If that still doesn't work, then press the Win key+X and choose Powershell (Admin) type SFC /scannow and press enter. This will replace any missing system files.
      My Computer


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