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Windows 10, Start Menu, Search or any microsoft apps doesn't work...

Q: Windows 10, Start Menu, Search or any microsoft apps doesn't work...

So the 29th of July i went ahead and installed the Windows 10 update. It installed correctly and ran smooth without any problems for a few hours. Suddenly i realized that my Start Menu button didn't open the start menu when i clicked it. Neither did the search button.

I didn't really think about it much and continued gaming with one of my friends. Later that night i tried to restart my pc to see if that fixed any of my issues. Unfortunately nothing was fixed.

Now i can't open any microsoft apps (other than the Health and training app through the Task Manager and then the apps tab). Theres no way to access the settings or Windows Update so im stuck with just using non-microsoft apps if i can find them that is under my HDD.

(Edit) I can't rightclick anything in the taskbar or manage my internet connection.

Any help to fix this is highly appriciated.

Methods i have tried found around the internet:

Using the
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"} command in Windows PowerShell as admin.

Running this troubleshooter from this link

Neither of them fixed anything.

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A: Windows 10, Start Menu, Search or any microsoft apps doesn't work...

Similar problem only I could not get Windows installed apps to open properly. I have a Lenovo G560 with a Dynadock plugged into a USB port and two additional monitors connected to the laptop (one directly and one through the Dynadock. In anticipation of installing Win 10, I upgrade my RAM and replaced my hdd with an SSD drive. I am upgrading from Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium. I did the upgrade and not a clean install. The upgrade seemed to go just fine. The first thing I noticed was and Notices icon so I clicked on it and some notices appeared. I tried to click on those but as soon as I moved the mouse off of the notices icon the list disappeared. The same thing happened when I went to Start. I rebooted the computer and the above problems went away. So I began exploring around the Start Menu. I got cortana to recognize Hey Cortana and she even told me a joke. When I asked her to play Rock Paper Scissors, she started having problems. Again I rebooted, and she could tell a joke but no RPS. Then I asked her to open MS Edge but that did not work. Tried myself by clicking on the E icon and I got an error message saying it could not find Internet Explorer.exe. Went to Start Menu and tried to start Edge. It looked like it was going to but nothing appeared. I went to Task Manager and there it was running so I ended the process and tried again. No joy. Again reboot. First thing was to open Edge from Start Menu. That worked-- it opened. Tried to go to settings in the Start Menu but it acted like Edge above. It was running in Task Manager but not visible to me. Chrome, Lync, Word, Outlook, all worked. Cortana worked but when I tried other apps like Calculator, they did not work. My keyboard has a calculator launch button and that did not work either. I did notice that the apps that appeared not to work actually were running but closing them in Task Manager did not help. I could get the app to work if I rebooted and clicked on the app first before anything else. After about 2 hours of rebooting only to not have apps work and not really able to see what Win 10 could do, I restored Windows 7.

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Hello,
When I try to launch an App from the star menu, there is no response when I click on it.
Also the Windows search prompt don't work:

Can you help me ?
Thanks.
 

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hi all

my start menu doesn't work. clicking on task bar items does not work. (wifi, notifications)
opening apps doesn't work. WIN + I or trying to open update from Win + R doesn't work (message "the app didn't open")
clicking the search doesn't work. Clicking the windows (to the right of search) works.
Thoughts?

A:Start menu doesn't work and apps won't open

Hi, an often reported issue- tho' yours has the added run box report.
As I don't know the history... as in 'did this ever work' 'is it a clean install or an upgrade' 'what did you do before this happened' etc I'll take a simple view.

I will assume you don't use disk imaging, else you would have restored an image you'd created prior to this happening. Highly recommended strategy to back up, preserve your PC and your sanity without tech help.

You could have conflicting 3rd party programs from an AV ovwards, so yuo could check whether these work
a. after clean boot
b. in safe mode

You could try the standard
chkdsk c: \F from an admin command prompt.
Then
sfc /scannow from the same.
Finally there is a DISM command you can run.

However, I would recommend you run chkdsk, then do an in place upgrade install, one of the really good things about Win 10.
This keeps most settings and all your progs.
(Note disk imaging can provide a much faster fix).
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

You can also search this forum, as there are many threads on this topic.
Good luck!

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hi all

my start menu doesn't work. clicking on task bar items does not work. (wifi, notifications)
opening apps doesn't work. WIN + I or trying to open update from Win + R doesn't work (message "the app didn't open")
clicking the search doesn't work. Clicking the windows (to the right of search) works.
Thoughts?

A:Start menu doesn't work and apps won't open

Hi, an often reported issue- tho' yours has the added run box report.
As I don't know the history... as in 'did this ever work' 'is it a clean install or an upgrade' 'what did you do before this happened' etc I'll take a simple view.

I will assume you don't use disk imaging, else you would have restored an image you'd created prior to this happening. Highly recommended strategy to back up, preserve your PC and your sanity without tech help.

You could have conflicting 3rd party programs from an AV ovwards, so yuo could check whether these work
a. after clean boot
b. in safe mode

You could try the standard
chkdsk c: \F from an admin command prompt.
Then
sfc /scannow from the same.
Finally there is a DISM command you can run.

However, I would recommend you run chkdsk, then do an in place upgrade install, one of the really good things about Win 10.
This keeps most settings and all your progs.
(Note disk imaging can provide a much faster fix).
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums

You can also search this forum, as there are many threads on this topic.
Good luck!

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For some odd reason when searching for documents of any kind by title or tag does not work in the start menu search bar.
I can search in explorer, but unless i copy and paste in the file path into the start menu, there will be no search results. Could it be that my documents are in my b drive not c? I have indexed all my files as well.
Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
 

A:Start Menu search doesn't work

Is there another user account on that PC? If so log into that one and see if it works in that account, if it does, there is a problem with the user account. If you do not have another user account go to Control Panel/User Accounts and create a new one with admin rights, log out of the current account and log into the new one you just made.

If the New user account works using Start Search, then migrate your old user account profile to the new one.
Delete the old corrupt user account after a few weeks using the new one.

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This is really strange.. i have noticed for a few days that the search in the star menu isn't working... i shrugged this off the last few times because i didn't really need it(just being lazy trying to find a program)... but today... i typed run... and instead of finding run like normal it shows a few options "programs", "control panel", "documents", and "files" now these all have blank icons and when i click on programs(the obvious selection) i get a pop up from windows security that says:

"These files can't be opened

Your Internet Security settings prevented one or more files from being opened."
and in "show details"... "Programs"

Thanks for any help or suggestions in advance
 

A:Solved: Start menu search doesn't work

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Pasting in contextual information from another post. ~ OBconflicker.Bi!nf worm keeps reappearing, windows defender monitor stops working, slow computer, windows search protocol windows pop up, Malware, virusPop up windows keep appearing "Windows search protocol host stopped working and was closed" Itunes occassionally doesn't work, Media Sync doesn't work. Hard Drive keeps working in the background. Windows Defender no longer monitors the running programs.End of added information. ~ OBLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 8:46:00 AM, on 1/11/2010Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18349)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Windows\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exeC:\Program Files\Digital Media Reader\readericon45G.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\IntelDH\CCU\CCU_TrayIcon.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\IntelDH\NMS\Support\IntelHCTAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Windows\WindowsMobile\wmdc.exeC:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exeC:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exeC:\Windows\sttray.exeC:\Program Files\... Read more

A:microsoft windows search protocol host stopped, slow, firefox doesn't work, itunes doesn't work

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Updated to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 two weeks ago.
Had problems with Firefox.  Tried to download to replace existing Firefox.  CNET site appeared to be correct but something seemed wrong so I killed the download. But.
- The windows start menu doesn't come up when I click on the icon, but if I right-click, a text menu does appear and lets me, for example, shut down.
.- If I click on the Windows End icon in the task bar, the screen flashes but End does not come up.  Ditto for the Windows Store icon.
-  Somewhere SpyBot S&D was erased, but I was able to download it.
- If I double-click on a photo in Windows Explorer, I get a popup that lists the name of the jpeg and says Invalid Entry to Registry.  If I right click on the photo and go to any of the options the photo is opened except if I choose Photo.
- Firefox cannot properly display the Yahoo mail page, though Pale Moon and Opera can.
- I have Avast Anti-Virus and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and when I run their scans, they find no issues.
 
SO there are a few issues that I need help with.
 

A:windows 10 problems - start menu doesn't appear, windows key doesn't work, etc

Hello,
Well the first thing you should try is to Run System Restore to before all of these problems started or to when you first installed Windows 10.
Then try to download Firefox from there website
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
Third thing is I would recommend to get rid of Avast it is low end and could be allowing virus I recommend ether McAfee or Norton Security.

Those are some things to think about
but it is all up to you when making your final decision

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Very recently I began encountering an issue where, randomly, windows will stop appearing as they should. If I open task manager, Steam, Firefox, etc, the contents of the window will appear as black. The top bar and borders around the window will appear, however everything inside the window will be black. Additionally, the start menu does not display any options. To make matters more confusing, any windows already open BEFORE encountering this bug will continue to work. So, if Firefox was opened before encountering the issue, it will work just fine. However any window opened after this point will appear as black. Since I was unable to save screenshots, I have attached pictures of the issue.

In the picture you can see Firefox open and working just fine. However, I noticed the problem when a Steam notification appeared as a black box. You may also notice that the task bar does not show any open windows. You can also see how the start menu has stopped functioning.

System info:
I have updated my graphics drivers to the latest version. Windows is also up to date.

Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
Intel i5 2500k Sandy Bridge
2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage
1 WD Velociraptor 300GB SATA 3GB/s
1 Seagate Barracuda 750GB SATA 3GB/s
1 WD Black 2TB
2 EVGA GTX 570 HD in SLI
Silverstone OP850 - 850W PSU
Super Writemaster DVD drive.

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A:Windows are black, start menu doesn't work

The first thing I would do is backup your data to another drive.

Run GSmartControl to see SMART attributes and to run the Long generic test on the drive.

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Hi, my name's Pedro and I'm using Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14332.
I have a laptop Lenovo Yoga 11s, Intel I5 3339Y, 8GB, Intel HD Graphics 4000 (last driver) and 128GB SSD card.

In the last build (14328), after a good install and a normal work short period, the All Apps in Start Menu has disappeared. It doesn't appears in Start Menu anymore since then.
I've installed the new build (14332) hoping that this could be solved, but that doesn't happens. I've changed the video driver but that did not work either.

So I'm asking here if anybody has some information about this that could help me to solve it.

Thanx in advance

A:All Apps doesn't appears in Start Menu

I do not understand your question.

Since 14238, theete is no longer an "all apps" link. All Apps are just shown now.

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I always get windows boot manager error no matter what i do. Even if i set my microsoft bootable drive it still goes to windows boot manager error. I also tried removing any external devices even changed the flash drive i use for bootable drive but it
still doesn't work. The only time bootable drive works was when i remove the hdd. I can't access F8 no matter what so ican't access safe mode and cmd.

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Really weird problem here. For some reason, some app links won't launch from Objectdock or Rocketdock, yet others will. The only thing they have in common is that they're either Microsoft programs like Freecell or Snipping Tool, or programs that are used to modify Windows like Classic Shell Explorer and Start Menu Customizer.

At the same time, other MS programs like Media Player, and 3rd-party tweaking apps like Ultimate Windows Tweaker, work launch just fine with both docks.

This issue is only happening in the docks. The Start Menu and Explorer will load these programs normally. I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.

Like I said, weird. Any ideas?

Thanks

A:Some apps won't work in Objectdock/Rocketdock, fine in Start Menu

With the Snipping tool I had to use
C:\Windows\Sysnative\SnippingTool.exe as the link to it.
Try Nexus dock free Winstep Nexus Dock and Nexus Ultimate - The Advanced Docking System for Windows works very good
Jerry

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Hi

I wondered if anyone out there has had a similar experience to me...

For some weeks now I have had problems where the START MENU wouldn't launch, metro apps (OneDrive, Tweetium, Money, News etc) would fail to launch (just a blank window up), right mouse clicks wouldn't work, internet browsing slowed up...
Signing out of my windows account then back in again solved it... FOR A WHILE. After an hour or two gradually (one app after another etc) the same problems would occur.
Researching this, I came to the conclusion that Windows 10 was corrupt (or at least my user profile was) and a re-install was necessary. OR I also read of compatibility problems with Windows 10 in my AV software (Kaspersky Internet Security 16.0.0.614) and wondered if the problem lay there.
Yesterday I uninstalled Kaspersky and relied on Win Defender. For 2 days now (unprecedented recently) my laptop has behaved impeccably, no problems as above.
So, am I to blame Kaspersky? Am I safe with Just Win Def? Any other AV suites throwing up problems? Any Kaspersky users with any experiences to share?
Thanks!

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Howdy, here's as much detail about my problem as i can find:

Windows XP Pro, SP2. For some reason after a while of having been booted up, the start menu ceases to appear. I can click on it, hit the Windows key, hit Ctrl-Esc and NOTHING. only a reboot makes it function properly. Also, right clicking on the task bar, the 'Toolbars >' disappears as well.

When i reboot, the Quick Launch toolbar is not displayed and when i enable it. the order in which it was originally in seems to have been lost.

The start menu is in Classic mode, but switching it to normal mode will get the menu to appear, but nothing works. Ie the program list won't expand. Neither will network connections, control panel, etc. even the programs shortcuts that normally appear on the left side of the menu are blacked out.

Anyone else having a similar problem...? Or anyone have a possible solution.
My system has been AdAwared & SB SnD to be crystal clean. i can post a HT
log if you want, but there's nothing much there...

I'm trying to avoid an O/S reinstall... Anyways, any help would be much appreciated...

cheers,
yt
 

A:Start Menu doesn't work

Try running a repair...but your probably headed to a reinstall. I've seen the dissappearing taskbar problem your describing but never as dramatic as what you describe. It sounds like a bad install (not your fault/bits fell in the wrong bucket) to me..
 

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In Indexing Options, I've selected C:\Users\validusername and all its sub-folders (except appData) to be indexed. When I search in the validusername folder from Windows Explorer, everything works fine. But when I enter the exact same search terms in the start menu search box, I get results from some folders, but not others.

The folders that are "working" include Contacts, Downloads, Favorites, Links, and Saved Games; the folders that are NOT working include Desktop, My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos. I can't for the life of me see the pattern.

Under Customize Start menu, under "Search other files and libraries", I've selected "Search with public folders". I can't think of any other relevant settings off the top of my head.

I've already rebuilt the index, but that didn't solve the problem.

Does anyone have any idea what's going on here? After Googling everything I could think of for n hours, I'm just about at the end of my rope. Please let me know if I can provide any other information or run any experiments that would help you investigate the problem.

A:start menu search box doesn't display results from some folders

I almost always notice a "See more results" at the bottom of a Start menu search, so maybe it's because the result space is limited when you do a search from there. Clicking on the "See more results" brings up windows explorer.

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Windows 7 Ultimate, upgrade install from Vista. Toshiba Satellite laptop. I searched for this both in Google and on this forum, can't find anything. I can type into the search/run box in the start menu, but nothing happens when I do. No search items come up; if I type in a program name, I can't make it run by hitting enter. If I open a command prompt I can run anything I want from there. This happened several weeks after the upgrade, it was working fine. I had to clean several virus infections, so my thinking is that something got removed from the registry that shouldn't have. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance, forums like this have been a lifesaver for me more than once. I rarely have to post, I can usually find my problem, but this one seems to be a bit odd.
P.S. Just remembered the other odd thing that happened, seemingly along with the above: my "printers and devices" window is empty. The devices are there, and work, but they're not listed in the window. As far as I know, this happened around the same time the other issue did. I did find some mention of this problem on the net, but none of the fixes worked for me. Don't know if it's relevant or not, but better too much info than not enough. Thanks again.

A:Start menu run/search box won't work

Yeah, viruses could do it. Reboot into safe mode and run malwarebytes and your favorite virus scanner.

Then, be sure you are indexing:

Windows 7 File Search Indexing Options

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The search box in start menu stopped working. The search from windows explorer works fine, just the start menu does not work. All it returns is:

When I click an item in result a security warning will appear:

The "See more results" link in the results list works fine. It opens an explorer window with list of results.

Please help. It's driving me mad.

A:Search box in start menu does not work

Does the search indexer have anything actually indexed?

Enzo.

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I ran CC cleaner & that did not help. I can only use the trackpad
because the mouse will not respond to clicks.
the whole system feels wierd & sluggish, I can't do anything normally.

DDS (Ver_09-10-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by chris at 10:31:58,20 on 2009-11-11
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_13
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2038.1272 [GMT 1:00]

AV: ESET NOD32 antivirus system 2.70 *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {E5E70D32-0101-4F12-8FB0-D96ACA4F34C0}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TouchPad\TPTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\RTHDCPL.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE4.0\OpwareSE4.exe
C:\Program Files\Eset\nod32kui.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 8.0\Acrobat\Acrotray.exe
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A:Start menu disappears & mouse doesn't work

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Turning the HomeGroup option on in the start menu:

+ clicking it:

= this:
Using the HomeGroup option in File Explorer = it works:
Has anyone else encountered this problem, or is it just me? If someone has encountered it, could you let me know how to fix it? I'd like to be able to go to HomeGroup from the start menu instead of File Explorer. Thanks in advance.

A:HomeGroup Start Menu Option Doesn't Work

Bump, still having the same issue.

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In Win XP (and other "modern" versions of Windows), if you pull up the the Start menu and then right-click on an entry, you get several options, one of which is "Explore", which should open an Explorer window on that part of the file system.

I'm just getting into Win XP and after installing various programs and Microsoft updates, I'm finding that the Explore option no longer works (it doesn't do anything). Any ideas on how to fix this?

Thanks...

-- jeff
 

A:Win XP right click on start menu, Explore doesn't work

Try right clicking on the start button itself..
 

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My Start >> Documents menu doesn't work anymore, i.e. my recently-used documents don't show up on it at all. It stays empty no matter what. Same for recently used programs on the Programs menu. Windows XP Home SP2.

A:Start >> Documents Menu Doesn't Work Anymore

Have you checked your settings for the Taskbar and Start Menu?They may be set to not show these items and may explain why they do not show up in the Start Menu.Open up the Taskbar and Start Menu properties applet by doing one of the following:| right click the Taskbar >> select Properties |-OR-| Start >> Control Panel >> Taskbar and Start Menu |From the Taskbar and Start Menu properties applet, click the Start Menu tab. Verify that you the choice is selected for Start Menu (not Classic Start Menu) and click the Customize radio button. This will open the Customize Start Menu applet.The Customize Start Menu applet contains two tabs General and Advanced. On the General tab, in the middle of the applet should appear the Programs selection tool with up and down arrows to increment or decrement the number of programs to show, ensure that this is not set to 0. On the Advanced tab, at the bottom of the applet should appear Recent Documents, ensure that the check box is checked for List my most recently opened documents.Click OK to close the Customize Start Menu applet. Click Apply to apply any changes, then click OK to close the Taskbar and Start Menu properties applet.Open up 3-4 programs, and open up 3-4 documents from My Documents. Close the programs and close the documents. Click on your Start Menu and verify if there are any programs or documents which appear on the Start Menu and My Recent Documents lists respectively.If that does not work, there may ha... Read more

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Hello guys,

Does anyone know how to fix the "Computer" Link in the Start Menu? When I click on it nothing happens and when I try and click properties on it, it brings up this screen instead of Explorer:

A:Computer Link in Start Menu Doesn't Work.

That is the proper screen you get when you click properties.

You could try running a system file check.

In an elevated command prompt type sfc /scannow

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

In the meantime, just type co in search, then choose computer from the list.

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We
distribute four shortcuts via GPO
in %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.
They all start the same program, but from a
different folder. The problem is that, since
Windows 8 tiles, if you look in
Start menu, all applications,
you only see one shortcut and not four.
If I copy the .exe three times
and each shortcut so that each shortcut
uses a different .exe I see four
shortcuts. What should I do to get
four shortcuts, but with the
same folder/file?

ps.: this issue is in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10



With Kind Regards, F. van 't Hoff

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I'm on my G/F mother's DELL windows XP with a celeron processor, (SLOW) Everytime I go under my start menu to search for files on the C drive the SEARCH program freezes and says PROGRAM NOT RESPONDING, I've tried error checks and repairs, disk clean ups, defragmenting.... I'm lost . any clues to what the hell is goin on? I know it's a crumby processor/ computer but it's pretty new (january 2003), i don't understand. i can't figure this out for her.
 

A:Search under start menu does not work properly

Hiya and welcome

First off, try a general cleanup first

Go to Tools | Internet Options. General tab. Under Delete Files, delete offline content. Also, clear the History.

Content tab, under AutoComplete, clear Forms and Passwords.

Advanced tab, under Browsing, look for Enable Insta on Demand. Untick.
Under Security, look for Empty Tempory Internet... Tick.
Apply and OK

Go to Find Files and type in cookie. When found, open the folder, and delete all the cookies found.

Go to Run and type MSINFO32
On the left choose Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list here.

Go here and download Spybot:

http://security.kolla.de/

click the online tab to search for and download the updates, then shut down and relaunch SpyBot.

Go to the Settings tab > File Sets, and uncheck 'System Internals' and 'Tracks' .
These aren't needed for our present purpose, and you can always experiment with them later on.

Finally, after closing down Internet Explorer, click 'Check for problems', and have SpyBot remove all it finds 'Fix selected problems'

you may have to run spybot more than once to clear everything

Remove everything pre-ticked in Red

Regards

eddie
 

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My start menu search doest work.When i click more results it getting an error like this

A:Start Menu Search Doesnt work

"sfc /scannow" via administrative command prompt.

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Hi there,I seem to have an odd problem, which is certainly not very important, but just a bit annoying.For some time now (it used to work in the beginning I had my computer) I can't get the Right-Click/Explore to work on the start menu items.I use Windows XP Professional (Version 2002, Service Pack 3) on a lenovo T60 laptopIt works fine on the "Start" button, as well as on the "All Programs" button in the start menu.But if I go one more step, like pointing on "All Programs" and then on "Accessories", when I right-click on it, I get the following context menu :+-----OpenOpen All UsersExploreExplore All Users--------------------DeleteRename--------------------Sort by NamesProperties+-----none of the 4 first entries will work (just nothing happens) when the 4 others do work fine.As I said, this is not very important and I live with it since quite a while, but if I just could fix it, that would be great.Any suggestion ?Thanks in advance for any help,Tohan

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Search Funtion in Start Menu does not work.

My individual Search option does not work. The Search Everywhere does work. When I put in an entry in the Start Search box, such as Malwarebytes, Norton, etc. I do get listings of their programs. But I do not get listings of the Folders and Files I have created under those names. The same is true for other programs and folders. This is what I have done:

1. Rebuild my Index.
2. Ran SFC /scannow and Check Disk.
3. Ran a Microsoft Fix-It ?How to reset user options and registry settings in Word #50599.

I use Vista Home Premium.

Thanks,
Jerry
11/9/13

A:Index Search Funtion in Start Menu does not work

After my original post I decided to take another approach. I was hoping to repair my issue with some sort of fix that would not be time consuming such as reinstalling Windows. So I did the next best thing. I use Norton Ghost and decided to pick a date when I thought my system would be clean and recover my C drive on that date. As it turns out, the date I picked was successful and when I did the recover process my problem was resolved and my Search feature now works.

Jerry
11/13/13

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Hello,

I find when I press the Windows key, or open the Start Screen and start typing, nothing happens. Usually the sidebar opens with search results, but recently it has stopped working completely. Also, the search charm on the sidebar, and the search button on the Windows 8.1 (update) Start Screen do not work either--when I press them, nothing happens.

I spent a couple of hours looking for a solution to this problem, but with no luck. At first I thought it was a Windows Search service that had stopped working, so I restarted them, but the problem persisted.

I appreciate any help!

A:Typing in the Start Screen doesn't work/Can't search

Go to Indexing Options in the control panel, advanced button and trouble shoot. You can also rebuild the index

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I want to open the Start Menu folder to remove some shortcuts I had created there (because back then, I wanted them to appear in my Start Menu. Now I don't.) And this has led me to this rather peculiar observation:

I can open the Start Menu folder not only for the current user but also for "All Users" by click the Start button -> right clicking "All Programs" and then selecting either from the Menu that  comes up.However, I cannot open the Start Menu folder if I do Windows+R on the keyboard to open the Run window -> type in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu" -> hit Enter key. When I press enter, the computer presented the
UAC prompted asking me if I wanted to open the Airdroid application installed on my computer. Since this was unusual, I uninstalled Airdroid and ever since, when I paste "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu" and hit enter in the Run window,
it doesn't do anything...it simply returns me to Run window again.

Why is this happening? Why doesn't the Run window open the Start Menu folder? Is this some kind of Trojan activity?

I also notice that for the past 2-3 days, since I run the last Microsoft Security Essentials scan, my computer has been rather laggy in its performance...despite the fact that the CPU usage and the Memory usage were only around the 20% mark. I remember
that I had assigned Processor Affinity for some processes that time (including the MSE because I thou... Read more

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The start menu only shows pinned apps and nothing else. I have settings checked to show all apps.
This just happened recently. Help?
 

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Windows 10 Start Menu is Locked.
Cannot Pin or Unpin Apps in Windows 10 Start Menu.
I have also tried this command in Powershell -
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"} But my problem was not solved.

I am showing a Video regarding this Issue.
Win 10 Start Menu Problems - YouTube



Please provide a Solution as soon as possible ?

A:Cannot Pin or Unpin Apps in Windows 10 Start Menu.

Run a sfc /scannow.
I won't post the "how-to" because I assume you know the drill.

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Hello !
Apps icons do not appear in Windows 10 start menu also disappear and icons from the taskbar.

It really is annoying. Can you help me ?

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3 days before my Windows 8.1 pc wasn't working during log in it showed up with "The System Event Notification Service service failed the sign in."
I posted this thread but no one replied then back yesterday I ran it into Safe Mode and used the CMD and put these "sfc/scannow" then the PC booted into Safe Mode.
But in my Start Menu many apps won't open accept Facebook, Twitter, Photos and the Store opens, and when I goto install apps it shows "This app wasn't installed"
And my Start menu is like this:
And the "sfc/scannow" command shows that there are Corrupted or Missing Files
Then I also did these:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /ScanhealthDISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
But then also no luck please suggest me what to do
I updated my PC from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 4 days before
And this happened 3 days before
And the PC started to boot from yesterday.
Please reply Please

A:My Windows 8.1 apps won't start from the Start menu

Store - Re-register in Windows 8 and 8.1

Store Cache - Clear in Windows 8

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

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An issue with the new Windows 10 Start menu means that those with more than 512 application shortcuts will have missing entries.

In Windows 10, the Start menu includes an All Apps list, which you can search for quick access to installed applications.

Start menu shortcuts are still shortcut files placed in the same special locations as previous versions of Windows, but the Start menu app appears to be driven by a database on which some optimistic Microsoft coder has placed a limit of 512 entries.

The bug is documented (to some extent) here, where a user complains:

I had a little over 500 apps listed and after a secure reboot all my start menu links were gone and they're missing now from all apps, too.

There is no way to get Windows to recognise them again. Very annoying bug. I brought down the number under 500 by de-installing some stuff, but it still doesn't work.

Journalist Peter Bright tweeted about the problem, attracting the attention of Microsoft Program Manager Arunjeet Singh, who said:

The issue seems to affect people with more than 512 apps in their "All apps" list.

To tell whether you're one of them: 1. Bring up the Start menu and search for Windows Powershell. 2. Run Windows Powershell. 3. Run the command "Get-StartApps | measure" (without the quotes) in the command window.

If you see a number larger than or equal to 512 you are affected by this issue. We are working on a fix to this issue.

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A:MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

500+ apps !!!! I barely have 50 apps. And most comes from MS Office.
 

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Hello everyone, since few weeks, I started notice many problems on my Win 10, after 2 months of my update to windows 10 version 1511 (official), these problems are:
-I can't add any tile to the start menu and can't remove or move them, and their context menu has less options.
-Some built-in apps have a problem like "Microsoft Photos", "Microsoft Camera"..... I can't open any photo or take a picture using them. And their name in the start menu is like (@{Microsoft.Windows.Photos_16.122.14020.0_x86_8wekyb3d8bbwe?ms-resource://Microsoft.Windows.Photos/Resources/AppFriendlyName/}), I tried to make an update on Windows store but I couldn't update them because I had an error: 0x80070003, I tried to reinstall and uninstall them using powershell but it didn't work.
Can someone help me in my 2 problems and thank you for your help!

A:Windows 10 Built-in apps ans start menu problem

Please do the suggestions in the order they are listed :

1. Do a system file check to look for corrupt files. If any found, it will try to repair.
Right click at Start button > click Command Prompt (Admin) > at the flashing prompt, copy/paste this.......
sfc /scannow

> press Enter.
It will take quite sometime.
When finished, it will give you one of the 3 reports...............(paraphrasing)
1. No integrity violation.
2. Found corrupt files and repair successful.
3. Found corrupt files but unable to repair.

If the report is #1, your solution lies elsewhere.
If the report is #2, check if your problems have been resolved.
If the report is #3, use this method................
In the same Command Prompt (Admin) windows, copy and paste this command...........

dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

> press Enter.
Again it will take some time.
When finished, it will give you a report.
If you get a "Source files could not be found" message, please post back. There is a fix for that.

2. If the above does not fix, do a Repair Install.
Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

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After the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, I discovered that not all of the applications that were in the Start Menu under Windows 7 showed up in display that showed up when the "All Apps" button is clicked. I've installed additional programs
and found that the shortcuts were not installed in the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder, so I created my own directories for the new applications and put shortcuts for the missing items in the folder. However, the new folder
is not displayed when I click on the "All Apps" button, even though it's in the appropriate location for such information.
How does one refresh the information that is displayed when the "All Apps" button is clicked?

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I need your help i recently just used my laptop and then suddenly the desktop is empty except the bin, all the apps are gone! , some of the files are missing when i looked to the directory it was all shortcuts ( some aren't )
Pls reply back i need help getting my files back

A:Windows 8 files,apps,start menu, missing

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Sounds like the PC may have been refreshed.

Check to see if you can restore to an earlier date.

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Hello Community,
Some few days ago there came a problem with my Laptop; and the problem was it starts consuming lot of battery when goes to idle mode. After Searching on internet i came to know that there is virus in My Laptop and there are only some programs which can remove it. Not even Avira, Microsoft Defender and any other. So i Just installed UnHackME software are cleaned my Windows 8.1. It worked Perfect and my problem seems to be resolved.
But after removing that virus. New problem came in my Windows 8.1 and the Problem is :-
When i Open Built-in Apps in my windows 8.1 Like App store, Skype, Mail, Finance, New, Health & Fitness, Weather, Calender, People, Food & Drink, Music, Games, Maps, Videos, News etc they just disappear after a single flash screen.
The only apps which are in working condition are Camera, Sky drive and some apps which are created by installing some programs in my Windows 8.1.
What happens when i Open my apps :-
The app Screen Comes and after some 2-3 seconds it disappears...
What I've done so far :-
I tried to visit many communities and blogs but didn't find my problem resolved.
I tried to run command sfc /scannow gave me following results after full scan
Windows Resource Protection Found Corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not supported in offline servicing scenerios.
(Problem Not resolved)
I t... Read more

A:Windows 8.1 Built-in apps doesn't start

Hello Hunny, and welcome to Eight Forums.

For now, you might see if going through the listed troubleshooting steps in the tutorial below may be able to help.

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

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I have been facing this issue from the day one since I installed Windows 10 on my laptop (Dell XPS L502x).

Native Windows Applications like all browsers, office products etc. anything that is not from the Store, works fine. I can use Touch Pad scrolling with no trouble. e.g. on Internet Explorer, Chrome, MS Word, etc.

But the apps that come out of store or the apps like those which come pre-built with Windows 10 such as new Settings UI, Microsoft Edge. Touch Pad scrolling just don't work with these apps. When I perform scrolling the scroll-icon appears but doesn't scroll the content.

This issue is only with Touch Pad. External Mouse works great with scrolling on any kind of app.

Hope to find a solution here.
Thanks

PS: drivers are all good on the machine and up to date with no warning or error.

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Start Menu on Windows 10 won't load and cannot access apps...only on admin account. I see that a lot of people are having this issue...is there a  fix?

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I have upgraded to windows 10 from 8.1 and been using it for the last week now with no problems.
Today, during a mandatory update my pc went blue screen and said it had to restart.
Once it restarted it updated and booted fine.
However after the update I realized that my start menu stopped working.
If I press it nothing shows up. It is the same with my search menu.
Also none of my taskbar icons will work like the volume and notifications.
I have searched the internet and tried all the solutions provided like windows powershell and uninstalling antivirus and restarting explorer but nothing seems to work for me.
I can't reformat and clean install at the moment because it's really inconvenient for me and have some important files and big programs that I can't back up.

Can anyone please provide me a solution for this bug?
Is there anyway I can reinstall the last update again manually?
Or if I revert back to win 8.1 would this problem still persist?
I can't afford to lose anything since I am away and need my computer for work.

A:Windows 10 Start Menu, metro apps, and taskbar icons not working

Right click the start button and click on Programs and Features. (It's at the top.)
In the window that opens click on 'View installed updates'
Click on the updates you want to uninstall and Bob's your auntie's live-in lover!

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I have an issue where the PC I am working on seems to constantly get corrupted Windows installs. I have reinstalled Windows 10 multiple times on this PC and the same thing happens, it works fine at first but then after a couple weeks, Microsoft apps, search bar, start menu are unresponsive and I cant open Settings. Sfc /scannow says it found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. I have included the CBS.log file below. I have also ran DISM and it failed Error 0x8024200d. I have attached the DISM.log below. I've noticed that it seems the windows becomes corrupted after the breaker trips and power goes out. On next boot the PC starts acting weird and Microsoft apps start having issues.

DISM.log: https://ufile.io/ycidf

CBS.log: https://ufile.io/x7764

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I have an issue where the PC I am working on seems to constantly get corrupted Windows installs. I have reinstalled Windows 10 multiple times on this PC and the same thing happens, it works fine at first but then after a couple weeks, Microsoft apps, search bar, start menu are unresponsive and I cant open Settings. Sfc /scannow says it found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. I have included the CBS.log file below. I have also ran DISM and it failed Error 0x8024200d. I have attached the DISM.log below. I've noticed that it seems the windows becomes corrupted after the breaker trips and power goes out. On next boot the PC starts acting weird and Microsoft apps start having issues.

DISM.log: https://ufile.io/ycidf

CBS.log: https://ufile.io/x7764

A:Corrupted windows install, can't open search bar, settings or any microsoft apps

Quote:




windows becomes corrupted after the breaker trips and power goes out.




That is correct. If this computer is not hooked up to a Surge Protector, whenever he computer suddenly shuts off, from a breaker tripping, or manually turning off the power, the HDD may be come corrupted, soon it will get Bad Sectors and the HDD will need to be replaced.

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Hi.
My start menu on windows 10 cannot click any programs to launch.
Also the new settings app. i cannot click anything on that either.
I have tried to restart explorer.exe but still doesnt work.

Any help would be appreciated

A:Windows Start Menu and Windows 10 Apps Dont Click

nvm it started working again :S

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Hi guys!

I'm having this problem since yesterday, and I can't find anyone with the same problem.
I have this problem where no microsoft applications work. I can't open Edge, Windows Store or Photos app. When I want to open them, there is absolutely 0 response. No error-message, nothing! When I observe the task manager while starting these apps, they DO appear for like, 1 second. They immediately disappear though.
I don't know what the issue is. I have this problem since I installed the application: SaferVPN (I already uninstalled it).
Ou yea, my Windows search doesn't work either. No reaction from the system at all.

I already tried running sfc /scannow.
My computer is up to date.
There were no windows updates involved at the point of time where the problem occurred.
I tried restarting windows several times.

I run Windows 10 for quite a long time now. Also, when I want to add a Microsoft Account, it give no response either. (I think thats because it usually opens a small Edge Browser Windows for entering the credentials.

Can you guys please help me? I usually find my solutions in already existing forums, but I didn't find anyone who had the same problem as me (perhaps I didn't google the right thing and couldn't find it because of that.)

Thanks for anything in advance.
Kind Regards,
Maarten

A:Microsoft Preinstall Apps don't work (Edge, Windows Store etc.)

Hi smaardy, welcome to Ten Forums. The best way right now to fix your problem is by doing an repair install/ in place upgrade. This is from the Tutorial Forum. Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums . Choose the option to keep your apps and files. There was a way to re-register the windows apps, but it has not been working with the latest version of windows (fall update or version 1511).

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Hi guys!

I'm having this problem since yesterday, and I can't find anyone with the same problem.
I have this problem where no microsoft applications work. I can't open Edge, Windows Store or Photos app. When I want to open them, there is absolutely 0 response. No error-message, nothing! When I observe the task manager while starting these apps, they DO appear for like, 1 second. They immediately disappear though.
I don't know what the issue is. I have this problem since I installed the application: SaferVPN (I already uninstalled it).
Ou yea, my Windows search doesn't work either. No reaction from the system at all.

I already tried running sfc /scannow.
My computer is up to date.
There were no windows updates involved at the point of time where the problem occurred.
I tried restarting windows several times.

I run Windows 10 for quite a long time now. Also, when I want to add a Microsoft Account, it give no response either. (I think thats because it usually opens a small Edge Browser Windows for entering the credentials.

Can you guys please help me? I usually find my solutions in already existing forums, but I didn't find anyone who had the same problem as me (perhaps I didn't google the right thing and couldn't find it because of that.)

Thanks for anything in advance.
Kind Regards,
Maarten

A:Microsoft Preinstall Apps don't work (Edge, Windows Store etc.)

Hi smaardy, welcome to Ten Forums. The best way right now to fix your problem is by doing an repair install/ in place upgrade. This is from the Tutorial Forum. Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums . Choose the option to keep your apps and files. There was a way to re-register the windows apps, but it has not been working with the latest version of windows (fall update or version 1511).

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