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  1. Windows Central Question's Avatar
    My laptop is LENOVO G510. It came with windows 8 single language. I upgraded to windows 8.1 single language a year ago. I updated it to windows 10 home by triggering the update. The upgrade went successfully. But the problem now is the start button, applications in the taskbar(only right click) and icons on the taskbar on the right side(time, battery, wifi etc) are not working. They work if I click them after a gap of ten minutes. But if I click them for a second time immediately, they won't work.

    I got a message box showing "startmenu and cortana are not working, it will be fixed the next time you sign in". When I sign out and sign in, there is no change.

    Is it my only problem or it occured to many laptops?
    Is there any way to fix it?
    Is Microsoft working to fix it soon?

    Please inform me.
    07-31-2015 01:53 AM
  2. Raheem Baker said: Best Answer

    I got this issue as well these steps fixed it for me
    1. Go to the desktop, right click anywhere, hover your mouse over new and then click shortcut
    2. When you are making a shortcut it will ask you to type a location. type in "msconfig", click next and then it will ask you what you want to name the shortcut name it anything you want its not imprtant.
    3 . A shortcut for msconfig will show up double click it and click on the boot tab at the top. once in the boot tab enable safeboot and the click network underneath it and then click apply then OK it will ask if you want to restart you should restart it
    4. Once it is restarted you should go to ms config again and then turn off safe boot and the apply and restart again and hopefully once you have done that things should return to normal
  3. Dan Ar's Avatar
    Same problem here... anyone know how to solve it? PC is HP Pavilion DV6
    07-31-2015 01:46 PM
  4. Lance Guldi's Avatar
    I have the same issue with my HP pavilion dv6.
    07-31-2015 09:46 PM
  5. Ravier Feitsma's Avatar
    Hey,

    Acer Predator G3.

    Same issue here.
    07-31-2015 11:25 PM
  6. Travisdeste's Avatar
    I have an HP Pavilion dv6, too, and the same problem. Can't seem to find a solution. It's frustrating.
    08-01-2015 12:13 AM
  7. Ubiq-fR3ak's Avatar
    Here you go:

    answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-start/fix-windows-10-taskbar-not-functioning/cc475554-e5a1-4e28-8444-83bd74a84bf7?tm=1438445987147
    08-01-2015 11:28 AM
  8. ven07's Avatar
    Unfortunately that fix won't work for everyone (I should know). The alternative is to create a user account (control panel or settings), give it admin privileges, disconnect your MS account from the user account you're currently using, sign into the other user account, connect your ms account there and you should have everything working (for your programs just dive into C drive or so look for users and go through the folders. Add the shortcuts of the programs you need to the desktop)

    After creating the new user account, log into it to check if everything (taskbar, cortana) work correctly, if it does, then go ahead with the other steps. Hope it works
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-01-2015 02:34 PM
  9. Alex Wales's Avatar
    Guys I've just had the same problem on my desktop. I got it working again using the method described but all the program folders were empty.

    I was just about resigned to having to link them all in manually when I thought I would check the registry for errors using CCleaner (I use this all the time).

    About 30% of the way through all the programs started appearing in all the folders.

    It might not work for you but it's worth a try.

    I use the free version of CCleaner.
    ven07 and Philippe Carbonneau like this.
    08-04-2015 02:43 PM
  10. Barrymore Smith's Avatar
    Hi guys i might have a way to by pass this issues look me up on [youtube Superbarrymore] and watch the video and see if it helps you
    08-05-2015 07:41 AM
  11. The Lins's Avatar
    I ran registry cleaner in ccleaner yesterday and bravely removed all the "problem" issues that were listed. I did create the backup remove list. Suddenly the START menu did not function any more. I thought that was temporary & shut down the PC last night. When I started the PC this morning, the message "critical error: start menu not working" popped up & asked to be signed out. I signed out & also restarted the PC and the same error message popped up. I tried logging in with different accounts but still saw the same error message.

    Here is what I did to get Windows 10 back.
    1. Restart Windows 10 in safe mode. The easiest way is Start - Power then Shift-Restart. Click Advanced Options & set Startup settings to safe mode.
    2. After the PC reboots, choose an account to sign in.
    3. Press Windows+R then enter regedit.exe.
    4. Click Files menu then Import. Choose the registry backup files to add. I added both backup lists that were removed yesterday.
    5. Restart the PC.

    I created an image backup & repair disk just in case.

    Good luck!!
    08-17-2015 12:03 PM
  12. Philip Trask's Avatar
    i am really frustrated by all this BS from MS on windows 10. They should fix it it or stop releasing stuff that just doesn't work. I have been on MS since 3.1 but I am starting to give in the my wife who keeps saying "Why not Apple?" With the crap that is always happening with W10 I don't have much left to defend against her question. I have a tool bar that does strange things, won't stay the way I want it tol, collapses and the just disappears? I am told by techies to do a bunch of magic in the Command to fix the problems. BS. Microsoft just has to get over themselvez and fix the product without the customer having to be a Command language jocky. Enough is enough.
    Gabi Ford likes this.
    08-21-2015 10:52 AM
  13. Dave Cates's Avatar
    I wouldn't do method 2 again on the site Saransh mentioned it killed My internet. I had to revert back to 8.1 so it would work again.
    08-22-2015 04:48 PM
  14. Mark Leinauer's Avatar
    I'm having the exact same issue. I had a windows 7 laptop (HP envy I7 - only about 5 months old) and went through the upgrade. The task bar simply doesn't work. I've rebooted several times. I'd rather not employ the registry fix posted online (I'm reluctant to run a fix that I do not understand). Is Microsoft going to address this issue?

    Aside from this I really like windows 10, but I'll go back if it's not fixed.
    08-26-2015 01:56 PM
  15. Raheem Baker's Avatar
    I got this issue as well these steps fixed it for me
    1. Go to the desktop, right click anywhere, hover your mouse over new and then click shortcut
    2. When you are making a shortcut it will ask you to type a location. type in "msconfig", click next and then it will ask you what you want to name the shortcut name it anything you want its not imprtant.
    3 . A shortcut for msconfig will show up double click it and click on the boot tab at the top. once in the boot tab enable safeboot and the click network underneath it and then click apply then OK it will ask if you want to restart you should restart it
    4. Once it is restarted you should go to ms config again and then turn off safe boot and the apply and restart again and hopefully once you have done that things should return to normal
    08-28-2015 08:22 PM
  16. Howard Davies-Carr's Avatar
    I read a whole load of nonsense about this problem before reading the last post (which worked). The best and simplest way to solve the problem I had and I am sure loads more. So impressed I bothered to register to reply.
    09-06-2015 11:00 AM
  17. Qadir Ali khan's Avatar
    dont worry about this..
    i am also facing this problms and then googled but there is nothing work for me..
    now i tell the secret recipie to fix this without any problam..
    just do a window restore .. problam solved
    .. no data lost no apps unisnstall by restoring
    .
    restoring window 10
    .
    stp 1..
    control panl.
    stp 2
    Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Security and Maintenance
    step 3
    recovery
    step 4
    open system restore ,,,
    and make a restore
    09-19-2015 02:51 AM
  18. Terry JP's Avatar
    Thanks for for this suggestion, being a computer tech and seeing so many ways of trying to resolve this issue is also frustrating. Trying to see which one will work, so I decided to try yours on one of my customer's computer with this same issue.
    It worked the first time and I didn't have to uninstall his Avast Anti-Virus and do any one of the numerous other solutions.
    Thanks and blessings on you for sharing this solution.
    09-19-2015 07:52 AM
  19. David Fermanich's Avatar
    Raheem, you are today's Hero!
    Your shortcut solution was exactly what I needed. The next post describes a solution which requires access to the Control Panel, which (of course) cannot be accessed without the Start Menu! Yours was simple and, best of all, it WORKED. Anyone with this issue of your Taskbar and Start menu (and Cortana) not working in Windows 10 should be able to use this fix and get back on track in a few minutes. Brilliant, my friend. Like another user, I created this account just so I could thank you. Have a wonderful life!
    10-02-2015 11:55 AM
  20. kamakraze's Avatar
    I had the same issue I just used the task manager to end Windows Shell experience Host and it restarted itself and corrected the issue.
    10-11-2015 11:32 PM
  21. Ahmudul Hasan's Avatar
    ***YOU MUST HAVE THE WINDOWS FIREWALL SERVICE RUNNING FOR THIS TO WORK***
    1. Find C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe
    2. Right-click and Run as Administrator
    3. Copy this line:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    4. Right-click in the Powershell window to Paste and then press Enter.
    5. There is no need to restart. The fix should implement right away.
    If you have previously disabled Windows Firewall or do not have it running, the above steps will result in errors. Use the steps below to enable Windows Firewall and the reverse if you wish to turn it off again afterwards.
    1. Right-click the Start button -> Click Run
    2. Type Services.msc and press Enter
    3. Scroll down to find Windows Firewall
    4. Right-click then click Properties
    5. Under Startup Type dropdown -> Select Manual. Click Apply
    6. In the top left portion of the Services Window, Click Start this service.
    7. Now follow the steps in the first section, and it should work.
    These steps worked for me. They have no guarantee to work for you. Just trying to spread some help/love. Best of luck to all in your troubleshooting.
    10-14-2015 02:21 AM
  22. Shaikh Kamil Sumair's Avatar
    Raheem Bakers solution worked for me.Thanks a lot
    10-21-2015 03:05 AM
  23. John Truswell's Avatar
    ***YOU MUST HAVE THE WINDOWS FIREWALL SERVICE RUNNING FOR THIS TO WORK***
    1. Find C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe
    2. Right-click and Run as Administrator
    3. Copy this line:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    4. Right-click in the Powershell window to Paste and then press Enter.
    5. There is no need to restart. The fix should implement right away.
    If you have previously disabled Windows Firewall or do not have it running, the above steps will result in errors. Use the steps below to enable Windows Firewall and the reverse if you wish to turn it off again afterwards.
    1. Right-click the Start button -> Click Run
    2. Type Services.msc and press Enter
    3. Scroll down to find Windows Firewall
    4. Right-click then click Properties
    5. Under Startup Type dropdown -> Select Manual. Click Apply
    6. In the top left portion of the Services Window, Click Start this service.
    7. Now follow the steps in the first section, and it should work.
    These steps worked for me. They have no guarantee to work for you. Just trying to spread some help/love. Best of luck to all in your troubleshooting.
    The top part of this worked for me (the first part which refers to having the firewall running) after trying numerous methods over the last couple of days, thanks very much
    11-03-2015 02:22 AM
  24. Teepu Rana's Avatar
    I got this issue as well these steps fixed it for me
    1. Go to the desktop, right click anywhere, hover your mouse over new and then click shortcut
    2. When you are making a shortcut it will ask you to type a location. type in "msconfig", click next and then it will ask you what you want to name the shortcut name it anything you want its not imprtant.
    3 . A shortcut for msconfig will show up double click it and click on the boot tab at the top. once in the boot tab enable safeboot and the click network underneath it and then click apply then OK it will ask if you want to restart you should restart it
    4. Once it is restarted you should go to ms config again and then turn off safe boot and the apply and restart again and hopefully once you have done that things should return to normal
    I recently encountered this start malfunction.

    I did the quoted sol but know I cant even seem to log in to windows after the first reboot.
    I had this start tab not working issue after i got my laptop's hinge repaired. Was present during it and did not see any mishandling of my hard. Another thing i recall that was the last thing i did was upgrade my nvidia graphics card drivers.
    The issues i noticed were the loss of start, wifi network selection tab, volume tab as well the loss of MS account selection screen on startup, even the image I had personalized to come up at start up wasn't there. I was able to do/fiddle about with most of others stuff normally. Only a white screen with the hp fingerprint swipe prompt was coming when i started my laptop the first time today --- which isnt there now that i tinkered with the boot options as above. :(

    Any workarounds to this plz so i can get inside and try other solutions as well..
    wsvx likes this.
    11-11-2015 06:43 PM
  25. JBaty's Avatar
    I did the same thing; had to register just to say thanks. Brilliant solution.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    11-14-2015 03:35 PM
  26. Dave Grant's Avatar
    Man, I tried all of the stuff before this and spent HOURS . . . . this log back in safe mode from msconfig through 'network' took all of minutes and fixed this huge problem. -I also reg.'ed here just to be able to thank you!!
    11-29-2015 11:41 PM
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