How To Fix Windows 10 Start Menu Crash Issues

The Windows 10 Start menu has featured in some of our previous posts, since it is a very important part of the OS. We have discussed ways to alter the look of the menu, while tinkering with Start’s functionality is not very difficult either. That being said, you have to remember that Windows 10 is still a relatively new update, with some of the bugs yet to be ironed out. If you suddenly find yourself with a crashing Windows 10 Start menu, or if Start doesn’t show up for you at all, you are not alone. The menu has a few problems for many users, but fortunately the fix is not all that difficult. You just need to delete an unnecessary system file, and run a shell command or two.

Of course, you have to start any troubleshooting routine with the basics. Try invoking the Start menu in more than one ways. It might sound ridiculous, but maybe your keyboard’s Start key is just faulty. If this doesn’t work, the classic “have you tried turning it on and off again” method might do the trick. If the issue is serious, however, you have to follow the steps outlined below.

Windows 10 Start Menu Fix

Accessing & Deleting Windows 10 Start Menu System Files

  1. You have to empty the database of the Start menu to get it working partially. This can be done by heading to the following file path;
    %APPDATA%\Local\TileDataLayer\Database\ directory
  2. Once in the directory folder, press CTRL + A and delete all present items permanently.
  3. Close the folder, and restart your computer.
  4. You should now see an empty Start menu. To populate it, search for ‘Windows PowerShell’ and open it.
  5. Within the command prompt, run the following command;
    (Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”})
    The above will lead to your Store apps getting re-registered.
  6. Quit PowerShell, before trying to run the Start menu again. If all went according to plan, the menu should be back in all its glory.

We can’t stress enough how sensitive the Windows 10 Start menu’s system files are. So, be very sure of what you are doing before proceeding with the above steps, as if the instructions are not followed properly, a lot of problems might occur.