How to Restart Start Menu in Windows 10


The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18317, Microsoft separated the Start menu into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces.

This will allow you restart the Start menu without having to restart the explorer.exe process.

Restarting the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process can be helpful if the Start menu will not open, frozen, or acting buggy.

This tutorial will show you how to restart the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process to restart the Start menu as needed for your account in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process (Start menu) in Task Manager Processes tab
  • Option Two: Restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process (Start menu) in Task Manager Details tab
  • Option Three: Restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process (Start menu) in Command Prompt
  • Option Four: Restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process (Start menu) in PowerShell


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Restart Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Restart Start Menu in Windows 10
Restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process (Start menu) in Task Manager Processes tab

1. Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) in more details view.

2. Click/tap on the Processes tab in Task Manager. (see screenshot below)

3. Under the Background processes section, locate Start, and perform one of the following actions below:
  • Select Start, and click/tap on the End task button.
  • Right click or press and hold on Start, and click/tap on End task.

4. The Start process will now automatically stop and start to restart your Start menu.

If the Start process doesn't automatically restart, then you can run the C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\StartMenuExperienceHos t.exe file to manually restart it.

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Restart Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Restart Start Menu in Windows 10
Restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process (Start menu) in Task Manager Details tab

1. Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) in more details view.

2. Click/tap on the Details tab in Task Manager. (see screenshot below)

3. Locate StartMenuExperienceHost.exe in the Name column, and perform one of the following actions below:
  • Select StartMenuExperienceHost.exe, and click/tap on the End task button.
  • Right click or press and hold on StartMenuExperienceHost.exe, and click/tap on End task.

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4. Click/tap on End process to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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5. The StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process will now automatically stop and start to restart your Start menu.

If the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process doesn't automatically restart, then you can run the C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\StartMenuExperienceHos t.exe file to manually restart it.






Restart Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Restart Start Menu in Windows 10
Restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process (Start menu) in Command Prompt

1. Open a command prompt.

2. Copy and paste the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

taskkill /f /im StartMenuExperienceHost.exe

3. The StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process will now automatically stop and start to restart your Start menu.

If the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process doesn't automatically restart, then you can run the start C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\StartMenuExperienceHost.exe command to manually restart it.

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Restart Start Menu in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Restart Start Menu in Windows 10
Restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process (Start menu) in PowerShell

1. Open PowerShell.

2. opy and paste the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Stop-Process -Name "StartMenuExperienceHost" -Force

3. The StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process will now automatically stop and start to restart your Start menu.

If the StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process doesn't automatically restart, then you can run the Start-Process -FilePath "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\StartMenuExperienceHost.exe" command to manually restart it.

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That's it,
Shawn