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How to reset Start menu to fix problems on Windows 10

If the Start menu isn't working correctly, you can use PowerShell to fix it on Windows 10 – here's how.

Windows 10 PowerShell Start menu reset

On Windows 10, you can use a PowerShell command to reset the Start menu components to fix common problems. For example, the command will come in handy when the menu doesn’t open, freezes, or when something is not working as expected.

The Reset-AppxPackage command option was introduced with the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 20175, and it’s not available only to reset the Start menu, but you can also use it to reset other system components (like the Settings app) and any Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app (such as Calculator, Scan, Mail and Calendar, Microsoft Store, Windows Security, etc.) to repair issues when it’s not possible to uninstall or reset the component using the Settings app.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset the Start menu components to resolve issues with the experience on Windows 10.

How to reset Start menu with PowerShell on Windows 10

To reset the Start menu to fix problems, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 10.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to reset the Start menu components and press Enter:

    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost | Reset-AppxPackage

    Reset Start menu command
    Reset Start menu command

Once you complete the steps, the Start menu app will reset to fix common problems with the experience, but without affecting the layout or custom settings you may have configured.

If the command doesn’t work, it’s because you’re not running the version of Windows 10 that supports this feature or you’re not running PowerShell in administrator mode. The ability to reset system applications is available starting with build 20175.