[Fix] Critical Error: Start Menu And Cortana Aren’t Working In Windows 10

[Fix] Critical Error: Start Menu And Cortana Aren't Working In Windows 10

Windows 10 was designed with keeping in mind a continuous stream of development to keep nurturing the platform. With this change, Microsoft has started Windows-as-a-Service where new features and improvements will be continuously rolled out to end users. This practice, in turn, opens up a breach for occasional errors and issues that you might face whilst juggling around Windows 10 system components.

Having said that, we all know how critical Start Menu and Cortana are for a consumer’s daily system utilization. It would thwart you down from using the basic functions which is quite baffling. If you are also facing issues with Start Menu and Cortana and keep getting the below error, worry not, in view of the fact that we have got you covered. In this post, we are going to list down some simple fixes that you can try to get rid of the error in question.

Error Snippet

[Fix] Critical Error: Start Menu And Cortana Aren't Working In Windows 10

Critical Error: Start menu and Cortana aren’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next time you sign in.

OR

Critical Error: Your Start menu isn’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next time you sign in.

Considering that this error might differ from one desktop environment to other, any of the below methods might just do the job for you but not permanently.

How To Resolve Critical Error: Start Menu And Cortana Aren’t Working

Method 1: Update Your Anti-Virus

Many people have reported that once they had uninstalled or updated their Avast Anti-Virus, the issue was resolved. If you’ve also got Avast in your system, it’s advised to first update it to the latest version. Check out this guide provided by Avast on how to update to Avast 2016 from an older version.
If updating your anti-virus solves the critical error for you, that’s well and good otherwise you can try uninstalling the Avast from your PC. Check out this guide on Avast site which can help you uninstalling the anti-virus program.

Method 2: Using Safe Mode With Networking

This method has helped users get rid of this error most of the times. Follow the below steps to apply this fix:

1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run prompt. Type msconfig and hit Enter to open System Configuration panel.

[Fix] Critical Error: Start Menu And Cortana Aren't Working In Windows 10

2. Move to the Boot tab and under Boot options section check the box named Safe boot and select Network. Click Apply followed by OK to restart the computer in Safe Mode with Networking.

[Fix] Critical Error: Start Menu And Cortana Aren't Working In Windows 10

3. Once you have restarted your PC with Safe mode, open Command Prompt as Admin by right clicking Start button and selecting Command Prompt (Admin).

4. Type in sfc /scannow and hit Enter. The scan might take few minutes.

5. Once scanning is complete, repeat the Step 1 to open System Configuration panel. This time, uncheck the box Safe boot. Click Apply and then OK. This will restart your PC normally and conceivably this will resolve the critical error for you.

Method 3: Using Windows PowerShell

1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run prompt. Type powershell and hit Enter to open Windows Powershell.

[Fix] Critical Error: Start Menu And Cortana Aren't Working In Windows 10

2. Paste the below command in the PowerShell window:

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

[Fix] Critical Error: Start Menu And Cortana Aren't Working In Windows 10

3. Wait for the process to finish.

4. Try checking if this has resolved the error by launching Start Menu or Cortana.

Most likely, one of these fixes would rectify the potential issue which keeps preventing Start Menu and Cortana to work. Also, Microsoft is aware of the issue and should come up with a permanent solution real soon.

Shout out in the below section if any of the above fix has worked for you.

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  • Claire Taylor

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