Fix for Windows 10 Start Menu and Settings/Wifi/Volume Screens Not Working

Recently I encountered an issue where the Start menu, along with the wifi, volume and control panel screens would not open on Windows 10.

After a lot of searching I discovered the following four fixes which may resolve the problem.

1. Microsoft troubleshooter

Microsoft is aware of an issue relating to the start menu and settings screens, they have created a troubleshooter and fix for this issue, however in my case it did not detect the problem but it’s worth a try anyway, you can download it here.

2. Reset/re-register some control panel files

This will attempt to repair some settings and files related to the control panel.

Press Win + X on your keyboard to bring up the menu, click “Command Prompt (Admin)” and copy/paste the following:

powershell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $Env:SystemRoot\ImmersiveControlPanel\AppxManifest.xml "

Press Enter and wait, it doesn’t seem to specifically tell you how far it has progressed or when it has finished but I would suggest waiting 20 minutes.

3. Reinstall default windows apps

This will attempt to reinstall all the standard Windows apps like the Store, Windows update, Control panel etc.

Press Win + X on your keyboard to bring up the menu, click “Command Prompt (Admin)” and copy/paste the following:

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

Press Enter and wait. Like the above fix it does not tell you how far it has progressed or when it has completed but as it needs to do a lot of work I would suggest leaving it running for about an hour.

4. System File Checker

Out of all the fixes this one takes the longest so I have listed it last so you can try some of the quicker ones above first. This will check each and every Windows system file to make sure it is present and not corrupted. It will repair/replace any files which are causing problems.

Press Win + X on your keyboard to bring up the menu, click “Command Prompt (Admin)” and copy/paste the following:

sfc /scannow

Press Enter and let it do it’s thing. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour in some cases but it will show the progress and tell you when it has finished.

 

After you have tried each fix above, restart your computer (press Win + X to bring up the menu which shows the shutdown/restart buttons if your start menu is not working) and hopefully one of these will have resolved your problem. Let me know in the comments if it worked for you and if you still have problems afterwards I’ll do my best to help.

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