For every error with the Windows 10 and Windows 11 Start menu, you can restart the START process or restore the menu

Faulty star menu Among the most frequent and most annoying errors that can occur on a Windows 10 PC are those related to the Start menu that stops working as it should and no longer appears or appears busted. There may therefore be problems opening it, objects missing and appearing to be unavailable, or tiles not displaying correctly.

Since the problems with the Start menu of Windows 11 and Windows 10 have been frequently reported in the Microsoft forums in the following guide we will show you all the effective tricks on what to do if the start menu does not work on windowsso you can resume using the menu while working or studying on your PC.

READ ALSO -> Change the Start menu in Windows 11 and restore that of Windows 10 or 7

1) Start menu manual reset

If there’s a problem with the Start menu becoming unresponsive or frozen, there’s an easy way to fix the error, without doing a hard reset or losing the organization of the menu itself.

To proceed, press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC on the keyboard, press the top of the search field (present on the new windows 11 task manager) and look for the called process StartMenuExperienceHost.exeso that you can close it by right-clicking on it and pressing up End process.

This file is also located in the path C:\Windows\SystemApps and looking for the folder Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_xxxxxxxxx (to be typed in the address bar of File Explorer by pressing WIN+E): once identified we can simply press on it to start it again, effectively restarting the Start menu without having to shut down or restart the whole PC.

On the potential of the Task Manager, we invite you to read our guides on what you can do with task manager windows 10 and 11.

2) Restore Start menu da PowerShell

Alternatively we can carry out a reset of the Start Menu of Windows 11 and Windows 10 by opening PowerShell as administrator (without the help of Start) and typing a reset command specific to the Start menu.

To proceed, press WIN+E on the keyboard and, from the File Explorer, go to the path:


In the folder that will open, right-click on powershell.exeClick on Run as administrator and type the following command:

Get-appxpackage -all *shellexperience* -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

The Start menu will be reinstalled and you can use it again without problems.

Also on PowerShell we can read our articles on how to use Windows Terminal and differences with PowerShell and Command Prompt and on differences between Powershell and Prompt.

3) User reset, SFC or DISM reset

In case there are still problems with the Start menu on Windows, there are two other ways described in other articles.

The first effective method involves creating a new Windows account, which can easily fix all problems with the Start Menu and other Windows components damaged only on our account.

If the problem is present on all accounts on the PC we can try to solve it by launching SFC /Scannow to restore corrupted files or using the DISM recovery system.

To learn more, we can read our guide on how to fix corrupted system files on windows 11 and 10.


The Start Menu is too important a component of Windows which, if at all, could break without warning, making it impossible to start new programs or access Windows functions without shortcuts or app icons to open.

The methods seen above will allow us to solve all the Start menu problems on both Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Still on the subject of restores on Windows we can continue reading in the articles on how to restore the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 come on how to restore windows in minutes if your pc is not working today.


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