It seems that a problem that plagued beta versions of Windows 10 has crept into the mainstream. I am convinced that there is an update that causes this, although, because we no longer have control over updates, it is really difficult to know which one. Essentially, the start menu works when you first install it, but somewhere along the line Windows 10’s Start Menu quits working.

TechMesto article “Fix: Start Menu & Cortana not Opening in Windows 10“, copy this into notepad and save as Menu.ps1:

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

Open elevated command prompt, change to the directory you saved Menu.ps1, and run:

PowerShell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
.\Menu.ps1

The first command opens PowerShell and temporarily (for this session, IOW) sets the policy to “unrestricted”, which will unblock the running of scripts, which is the default.

The second obviously runs the script itself. This will take a few minutes, so get a cup of coffee or brew some tea or something.