10-02-2016 04:21 PM
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  1. Trees's Avatar
    This issue popped up for me this past Saturday. Tried the Foxxbatt workaround, but no success. The Microsoft forum thread below was closed at 142 pages.
    Critical Error ? Start menu and Cortana aren?t working. - Microsoft Community

    A new one was started, and as of today is at 46 pages.

    I tried the Safe Mode with Networking option, but no success. My system is running Windows 10 version 1511 with the most recent updates.

    I've seen reference to AV or Dropbox as possible sources, but apparently not a definitive root cause.

    Any other options I should try? I can uninstall AV (Norton Security) first, and see if that makes a difference. If not, then will try the same with Dropbox. But if possible would rather avoid if there is an option that does not require app uninstalls.
    04-25-2016 07:41 PM
  2. Theo van Dyk's Avatar
    This worked !!!!!!!! You guys are brilliant.
    I also only entered safe mode and restart and back to normal boot. Perfect......

    05-01-2016 05:56 AM
  3. Bernard_W's Avatar
    If you run Avast anti virus and have still the problem that the startmenu does not work than read this. After months of searching and trying I found the culprit. Apparently it is related to Avast and not a fault of Microsoft. If you disable the binary access during startup scan then the problem disappears. You can do this by checking off next setting :
    This is lowering the level of protection but this is only effective if you do have already a virus on your computer.
    07-02-2016 06:13 AM
  4. Adrian Mwangudza's Avatar
    Heres a video touching on another aspect of cortana,voice activation.Maybe that could help
    08-11-2016 03:07 PM
  5. tutungzone's Avatar
    **** FWIW ****

    People, I have been dealing with this issue for a long time, and you will find the issue most times as soon as you run the re-register command. If you are one of those admins that like to disable the windows firewall service... don't. Turn the service back on and set to automatic. Cortona will start working immediately. There is some dependency with the firewall service and Cortona search it seems.
    09-08-2016 03:02 PM
  6. Carlson Roberts's Avatar
    hi guys i just wanted to add to this fix, since i had this really annoying issue for several days and none of the suggested fixes ever worked for me.

    what i did was i created another second microsoft account then i logged into to it and logged back out and "walla!" cortana and search were bak working again.
    let me know if this works for you!
    10-02-2016 04:21 PM
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