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How To Re-Register The Windows 10 Start Menu

Regardless how well you look after and maintain your computer, loss of stability and/or functionality Is Inevitable. The more activity you perform, such as Installing & uninstalling applications and the like, the more susceptible It Is to corruption. If your Windows 10 "Start Menu" Is part of this equation, then re-registering It may well fix the Issue. In this tutorial, I will show you how to do just that, by simply executing a single command.

Before I begin, the Windows 10 Start menu Is accessed by clicking the Start button on the bottom-left of your computer screen. It will then execute with a GUI as per the Image above. In the event It's not functional, either to some degree or In It's entirety, the first port of call Is to attempt to restore It by re-registering.

To achieve this, I will use the Windows built-In utility named PowerShell. The process Is extremely simple. All that's required on your part, Is to Input a command and hit the Enter key on your keyboard. So without further ado, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:
If you access PowerShell without elevated privileges and try running the command (that I'll provide shortly), an error message of Access Is denied will be returned.

Step Two:
As a result of the above, PowerShell must be executed with admin rights. To do this, open the Search bar, enter powershell and on the search result at the top, right-click It and select Run as administrator.

Step Three:
If you want to re-register the Start menu for all users on the computer, copy & paste the following command Into PowerShell.
Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"} 

In terms of only the current user, do the same by using the command below.
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

The PowerShell window will look similar to this.

Last Step:
Then hit the Enter key on your keyboard. As you can see In my demonstration, It's obtaining a list to re-register the Windows 10 Start menu. This takes less than one second, so If you blink, you'll miss It! You can now close PowerShell.

Final Thoughts:
Although this method Is not 100% guaranteed to work with all Instances of getting the Windows 10 Start menu back to normality, given It's simplicity, It should certainly be used as the first option. If this fails to serve It's purpose, you can try hitting a System Restore, by selecting a Restore Point of when your PC was running at It's optimal state.


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