Saturday, April 2, 2016

Windows 10 - Start Menu Missing or Corrupt

Post the upgrade to the latest technical preview of Windows 10, i started seeing issues related to start menu:

- Empty Application List.
- Start Menu Page doesn't show pinned items.
- Cortana doesn't show application searched.

It was frightening as well as  disappointing to see your easy to reach out START MENU missing. So, what to do next, huh?




Few things i tried before i panic and refresh my system. 

- Rebooted the system ; it did not help at all but worth a try.
- Logged out and logged in with a different user ; Aha, start menu was back, so its more related to my profile.

Before, i go for a new user profile on my system, i decided to re-register the Start Menu component and here's the little PowerShell trick you can use.

Open PowerShell with Run-as-Admin and run the following code

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

Last thing, REBOOT ;-)

WOW, my start menu is back but just in case you still can't see it, please go ahead and create a new profile for your account.