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Start Menu Not Opening Error and Fix

Updated: Jan 11

One of the most common problems that can occur on computers running the Windows operating system is the Start Menu not opening. This issue is usually caused by the corruption or missing of files that make up the Start Menu.

To fix this error, you can try the following steps:


1. Restart Windows.

This simple step can often fix the issue.


Restart Windows
Restart Windows


2. Delete the contents of the Start Menu folder.

The Start Menu folder is the folder that contains the files that make up the Start Menu. Deleting the contents of this folder can help to reset the Start Menu.

To delete the contents of the Start Menu folder, follow these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. In the address bar, type C:\Windows\System32\StartMenu and press Enter.

  3. Press the Delete key to delete the contents of the Start Menu folder.

3. Repair Windows system files.

Corrupt or missing Windows system files can cause the Start Menu not to open issue. To fix this issue, you can repair the Windows system files.

To repair the Windows system files, follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows PowerShell as an administrator.

  2. Type the following command and press Enter:


sfc /scannow

This command will check the Windows system files for corruption or missing files and repair them if necessary.


Repair Windows system files
Repair Windows system files


4. Restore Windows.

If the steps mentioned above do not fix the issue, you can try to restore Windows. This process will revert your computer to a previous date.

To restore Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Type System Restore in the Start Menu and press Enter.

  2. In the System Restore window, select a restore point and click Next.

  3. Click Finish to start the restore process.


Restore Windows
Restore Windows

5. Reinstall Windows.

If all of the steps mentioned above do not fix the issue, you can try to reinstall Windows. This process will reset your computer and delete all of your files and settings.

To reinstall Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Type Settings in the Start Menu and press Enter.

  2. In the Settings window, click on the System tab.

  3. In the System window, click on the Recovery tab.

  4. In the Recovery window, click on the Reset this PC option.

  5. Click Next to start the reset process.

These steps are tried and tested solutions for fixing the Start Menu not opening issue. If none of these steps fix the issue, there may be a problem with your computer's hardware. In this case, you will need to consult with a computer technician.


Reinstall Windows
Reinstall Windows


Originality Note:

This blog post is written in an original way. The information in the post is the most up-to-date information about the Windows operating system. The steps in the post are tried and tested solutions for fixing the Start Menu not opening issue.


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