Critical Error: Your Start Menu Isn’t Working [SOLVED]

Microsoft is aware about the Critical Error with Windows 10 Start Menu and is actively investigating the same. On the positive side, we have managed to find several troubleshooting strategies that helped enormous number of Windows 10 users. Read on..


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Alternative manual troubleshooting steps are given below:

Repair Corrupt System Files

One or more operating system components or configurations have become corrupted. This could be because a theme, an incompatible software replaced genuine operating system files, or an uninstalled software left behind Registry settings that caused Critical Error: Your start menu isn’t working.

1. Open elevated Command Prompt. To do so, press Windows Key + X; choose Command Prompt (Admin).

2. In the Command Prompt window, type following command:

  • SFC /ScanNow


3. During the file scanning process you’ll be prompted to replace corrupt versions with original files stored on Windows installation media. The installation disc may be required.

4. After successful completion, type EXIT and press ENTER.

Repair Windows Image

Windows 10 critical error appears due to corruption of Windows image mounted in virtual drive. Repair it using command-line instructions.

1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.

2. Execute below command:

  • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Exit

3. After successful completion, restart the computer.

Check Hard Disk

Windows 10 Start Screen fails to recover data lost due to file system errors. Scan all partitions, repair bad sectors using Disk Check-Up tool.

1. Double click This PC icon on Desktop.


2. Right click system partition, choose Properties.

3. The new Drive Properties dialog shows information about the available space. Click the Tools tab in order to launch drive repair utility.


4. Click Check.

5. In the subsequent prompt, click Scan Drive to initiate the scan.


Boot PC in Safe Boot

Safe Boot is a way of startup that prevents Non-Microsoft programs from executing at the boot interval. Here’s how to boot your computer through safe boot option:

1. Press Windows Key + R to open up the Run dialog box.

2. Type MsConfig and click OK.

3. Click the Boot tab, check-up Safe boot box.


4. Select Minimal option.

5. Click Apply, and then OK.

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