Windows 10: Start menu broken - how to recover?

Discus and support Start menu broken - how to recover? in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Something happened, I thought perhaps it was a consequence of installing an update. but I did a system restore and the start menu still won't open.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by SOHO1, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. SOHO1 Win User

    Start menu broken - how to recover?


    Something happened, I thought perhaps it was a consequence of installing an update. but I did a system restore and the start menu still won't open.

    I can right click the windows icon


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    but left-click does nothing. What can I do to restore this?

    :)
     
    SOHO1, Oct 14, 2016
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  2. How to fix broken Start Menu?

    Not so. The data for the current user is still accessible under c:\Users\Dialga. All you need to do is to shift the folders to your own profile folder.

    Your observation suggests that you belong to the very large group of people who refuse to back up their files regularly (e.g. weekly) to an external medium until they suffer a major disaster. The disaster by far the best incentive to implement a backup process
    but it can be extremely painful.
     
    Frederik Long, Oct 14, 2016
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  3. How to fix broken Start Menu?

    The problem is widespread and there are two fixes that appear to work most of the time:

    • Use System Restore (rstrui.exe) to set Windows back by a few days.
    • Create and use a new Windows logon account (control.exe).
    You can invoke each function by creating a new desktop shortcut.

    I would, but making a user account will make me lose LOTS of data. Please help.
     
    MrDialga34, Oct 14, 2016
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  4. Start menu broken - how to recover?

    SOHO1,

    Welcome to the forum!

    Let's give the following a whirl...

    Please press the Windows key and the R key at the same time.
    This opens the Run box
    In the Open area, type: msconfig
    Press: OK

    In System Configuration console, select the Boot tab
    Check the box for: Safe boot
    Make sure Minimal is also ticked.

    Press the OK button
    When asked if you want to Restart now or wait until later, Restart now
    The restart takes you into Safe Mode.

    In Safe Mode, try to left click and right click the Start button, and see if it works.

    Once done turn off Safe Mode and go back to normal mode.
    Open up msconfig the same way as above.
    On the Boot tab uncheck: Safe boot
    Press the OK button

    When asked if you want to Restart now or wait until later, Restart now
    The restart takes you back to normal.

    Check the issue again, and see if the left click on the Start button works.
     
    cottonball, Oct 14, 2016
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