Windows 10 Start Menu not Working



Are you clicking the start button but no menu is opening? Or is the Start menu stuck and unresponsive?

That is frustrating!

Many Windows 10 user have this problem, and there are a few things you can do that can fix the problem. You can do each of these steps independent from each other.


Restart computer

Sorry for stating the obvious, but restarting your computer does fix by far most of the problems, and people don’t always think about it.

Did you not yet restart your computer? Try this first.

Check for updates

Windows constantly releases updates and some updates might be fixing the issue that causes your start button not to work.

By default Windows will install updates automatically, but if your settings are changed, then follow the steps below.


Click on Windows Key + i to get into Settings.

In Settings, click ‘Updates and Security’.


In the Updates menu, click ‘Check for updates’ under Update status.



 Now Windows is checking for updates.

It will show you the updates you can install if there are any.

Make start menu full screen

Sometimes the Start menu is just kind of ‘stuck’, and you can unstuck it by changing some of its settings, like switch the Start menu to full screen, or changing the mode to Tablet mode.


Click on Windows Key + i to get into Settings.

In Settings, click on ‘Personalization’.



 In Personalization, click ‘Start’.



 Switch the ‘Use Start full screen’ to ‘On’.



 Click on the start button and check if this solved the problem and the start menu shows up.

The start menu will be full screen now, but you can easily switching this back in the Personalization – Start Settings (see above).

Change your computer to ‘Tablet mode’

In the lower right corner of your screen, click the the Action Center icon.

In the Action Center menu, click the ‘Tablet mode’ option.

Now your Computer is in tablet mode. If you were on the Desktop previously, now the Start Menu should be shown in full screen mode.

If you have Windows displayed, minimize them and check if you see the Start Menu.

Switch of the tablet mode by going back to the Action Menu (see above).


Run the Start Troubleshooter

A troubleshooter is a program that runs and checks on your computer why somethings specific isn’t working.

Microsoft has a troubleshooter to check what might be causing the Start menu not to work.

You’ll need to download the troubleshooter and then run it.

Go to this Microsoft Page.

Click on ‘Try the troubleshooter’, and then on ‘Start menu troubleshooter’.

Now the start menu troubleshooter should be downloading.

You’ll see the downloaded file in the down left corner of your screen.

Click on it.


When the window opens, click on ‘Start Menu’.


Now the troubleshooter is checking if it can find any problems.

If it finds any problems, follow the instructions that the troubleshooter gives.





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