Windows 10 Start button has an important role in managing your computer and it helps the people to work more fast by giving shortcuts to the installed apps.

Start Button has been used since Windows first release, which means without start button you barely can do any thing with your computer.

Most of the time start button does not work due to insufficient storage in hard drive or where your Operating System is installed, so make sure to remove some files from your desktop or from your OS installed hard drive.

After doing that, restart your computer, if it did not help you out, i will recommend you to try these solutions to solve your problem.


We are going to show you the methods on how to fix windows 10 start button not working issue, so let's go ahead and fix our Windows Start button.

Solution 1: Restart Windows Explorer

  1. Right-click on your Taskbar select Task Manager, if you can not open Task Manager, Press Cntrl+Shft+Esc.
  2. Click on More Details, please ensure that you are in the Processes tab
  3. Look for a process named Windows Explorer, right-click and select Restart.
  4. Please give it a minute for the Explorer to Restart.

If this didn't work or if you're looking for a permanent fix then please continue with other solutions.

Solution 2: Restart Your Computer

Well, this is a little tricky because power options and restart are part of the start menu, so I'll show you some alternate options with which we can restart.

Follow these ways to restart your Computer

  1. Press Cntrl+alt+del, at lower right select Power Button and then Restart.
  2. Another way is, save and close all open applications and then now press alt+f4, select Restart out of the popup options and click OK.
  3. The last alternate to restart your computer, go to Task Manager, select File, select Run New Task, and type shutdown/r, now hit enter or select OK
  4. Please wait for the restart to complete.

Now your start button should work normally, If this didn't work, please continue with other solutions.

Solution 3: Repair Missing or Corrupted System files

We will use some commands to check if there are some missing or corrupted files in our computer, follow the steps.

  1. Go to Task Manager and click on the Run New Task option.
  2. Type PowerShell and most importantly please enable the Administrator Privileges checkbox to open PowerShell and hit Enter.
  3. Please execute these commands one after another once all done please close the PowerShell and restart the computer.


$env:PATH =$env:PATH+";."
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
sfc /scannow

Solution 4: Reinstall and Re-register all built-in Windows Apps

  1. Please copy the command from the end of this solution and execute the same in your admin PowerShell.
  2. Post the command execution please close the PowerShell and restart the computer.

Command (This is only one command)

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Solution 5: Update Your Windows:

Ensure your windows are up to date, to update your windows you can either download the Windows Update Assistant or do it manually from the Settings.

  1. Go to Settings>Update & Security and Click Update.
  2. When the Update is complete Restart your Computer.

if you are not able to update using a regular method, please execute these commands in admin PowerShell one after another.

Commands to Update windows from PowerShell:

Install-Module PSWindowsUpdate
Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned
Import-Module PSWindowsUpdate

Solution 6: Windows in-place upgrade

Microsoft has provided this lesser-known but very useful option where you can reinstall your windows and still can preserve your personal files, apps, and settings.

Please follow the steps told in this Microsoft video tutorial down below:

I hope one of these solutions helped you