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Question Windows start menu and search bar not working

Mr.snobdam

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I've had this really small problem for a while now where if i pressed the windows key or start menu it would say critical error your start menu isnt working or something like that. At first i tried to fix it but not really anything was working so i just decided to ignore it because i could just wipe the error message off my screen and right click the start menu icon and it would do the same thing but now i cant even right click the start menu icon anymore and i cant search in the search bar so i basically cant do much. also, i tried some fixes on the internet but couldnt do most of them cause i didnt have my start menu but when i had to do something with a fix using file explorer i noticed that i couldnt type in the search bar in the bottom right aswell. i also cant do some off the stuff with right clicking the task bar like taskbar settings and the search bar seems a little greyed out but i cant tell for sure. the things that do work are task manager and windows+R does anyone have any solutions??
PS: im not really good at tech stuff so please dont use tech language that i might not understand.
 

Colif

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Hit ctrl alt del
select task manager
open the file menu, click on Run new task
type Powershell but before hitting enter tick Create this task with administrative privileges
press enter

in powershell try this
type SFC /scannow and press enter

once its completed, copy/paste this command into same window:

Repair-WindowsImage -Online -RestoreHealth
and press enter


SFC fixes system files, second command cleans image files, re run SFC if it failed to fix all files the first time, and restart PC

it may not help, often I find sfc/dism don't help with start menu but its worth a try
 

Mr.snobdam

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Hit ctrl alt del
select task manager
open the file menu, click on Run new task
type Powershell but before hitting enter tick Create this task with administrative privileges
press enter

in powershell try this
type SFC /scannow and press enter

once its completed, copy/paste this command into same window:

Repair-WindowsImage -Online -RestoreHealth
and press enter


SFC fixes system files, second command cleans image files, re run SFC if it failed to fix all files the first time, and restart PC

it may not help, often I find sfc/dism don't help with start menu but its worth a try
It didnt work sadly
 

Mr.snobdam

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Hit ctrl alt del
select task manager
open the file menu, click on Run new task
type Powershell but before hitting enter tick Create this task with administrative privileges
press enter

in powershell try this
type SFC /scannow and press enter

once its completed, copy/paste this command into same window:

Repair-WindowsImage -Online -RestoreHealth
and press enter


SFC fixes system files, second command cleans image files, re run SFC if it failed to fix all files the first time, and restart PC

it may not help, often I find sfc/dism don't help with start menu but its worth a try
Is there any way that i could search up apps and programs without the search bar? just as an temporary solution
 

Mr.snobdam

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I've had this really small problem for a while now where if i pressed the windows key or start menu it would say critical error your start menu isnt working or something like that. At first i tried to fix it but not really anything was working so i just decided to ignore it because i could just wipe the error message off my screen and right click the start menu icon and it would do the same thing but now i cant even right click the start menu icon anymore and i cant search in the search bar so i basically cant do much. also, i tried some fixes on the internet but couldnt do most of them cause i didnt have my start menu but when i had to do something with a fix using file explorer i noticed that i couldnt type in the search bar in the bottom right aswell. i also cant do some off the stuff with right clicking the task bar like taskbar settings and the search bar seems a little greyed out but i cant tell for sure. the things that do work are task manager and windows+R does anyone have any solutions??
PS: im not really good at tech stuff so please dont use tech language that i might not understand.
Quick note: When i try to start up Office a bar pops up with: as title explorer.exe and the text is class not registered. this is not really a problem for me since i can acces office in a different way but it might be helpfull for a solution.
 

Mr.snobdam

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wow, Microsoft's answer to the last error is clean install win 10. I remember when win 10 came out, their auto answer to everything was clean install. Sometimes it was the right answer.

another answer is stop the explorer service and restart it - https://appuals.com/fix-explorer-exe-error-class-not-registered/

clean install might just fix it all.
is a clean install resetting your entire pc??????? i really dont want to do that
 

Mr.snobdam

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wow, Microsoft's answer to the last error is clean install win 10. I remember when win 10 came out, their auto answer to everything was clean install. Sometimes it was the right answer.

another answer is stop the explorer service and restart it - https://appuals.com/fix-explorer-exe-error-class-not-registered/

clean install might just fix it all.
also the first solution that comes up on the link you sent is to restart internet explorer but when i look in task manager it doesnt even show up could this be causing something??
 
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You can try its "Search troubleshooter" which is inside Windows:
Go to Settings>Update & Security >Troubleshoot . Run it and do let me know.
 
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Gosh, I had the same problem after a recent Windows 10 update. The only solution was to reinstall the system. Since then, I got a Windows update blocker 'cause the system crashes after each update.
 

Mr.snobdam

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Gosh, I had the same problem after a recent Windows 10 update. The only solution was to reinstall the system. Since then, I got a Windows update blocker 'cause the system crashes after each update.
so your saying that my only solution is to clean my entire pc and then get a new problem??
 

Mr.snobdam

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Mr.snobdam

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Mr.snobdam

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A clean install removes everything off the hdd C is on, so make sure to back up anything you want to keep before you do it. If you have 2 hdd it helps to copy anything off C you want to keep onto other driver.

You said you didn't want to do that so i was trying to find alternatives.

follow this guide: https://forums.tomshardware.com/faq/how-to-do-a-clean-installation-of-windows-10.3170366/
I have an ssd where my system is on and an hdd but everything that i cant just download again is on my hdd so i should be good
 
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OK so as someone who had this problem frequently before I can tell you an easy temporary fix would be to open task manager CTRL + SHIFT + ESCAPE then look for the Windows Explorer Task inside of processes and right click on that and click Restart your taskbar and start button should disappear for a quick second and reappear working just fine.
 

Mr.snobdam

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OK so as someone who had this problem frequently before I can tell you an easy temporary fix would be to open task manager CTRL + SHIFT + ESCAPE then look for the Windows Explorer Task inside of processes and right click on that and click Restart your taskbar and start button should disappear for a quick second and reappear working just fine.
problem here is that the whole task doesnt show up
 

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