Windows 10 Start menu doesn’t work, fix from command line

If in Windows 10 your start menu doesn’t work, try the following:

1. Create a shortcut on your desktop to powershell.

Right click on the desktop, choose new shortcut, type powershell and press enter, press enter. Right click the icon of the newly created shortcut and choose “Run as Administrator”
click Yes if you get a question about making changes to your machine (because that is what we are going to do).

2. Create a new account (from command line that is as follows:)

net user adm adm /add

3. Log off your account, and log in as adm with password adm

4. Repeat step 1 for this adm account, and “Run as Administrator”

5. Move the old start menu database directory to something else.
(replace [account with problems] to your account name, you may want to look this up with doing the cmd ‘dir’ in the directory C:\Users)

mv C:\Users\[account with problems]\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer\Database C:\Users\[account with problems]\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer\Database.old

6. Copy the newly created and fresh start menu database to your original account.

(replace [account with problems] to your account name, you may want to look this up with doing the cmd ‘dir’ in the directory C:\Users)

cp C:\Users\adm\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer\Database C:\Users\[account with problems]\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer\

7. Log in with original account

Now you can log in with your original account again, and have a clean start menu.
You must add your icons again though.

8 Clean up

Open Settings-> Accounts and remove the adm account.

If it works, with explorer, remove the directory C:\Users\[account with problems]\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer\Database.old

If it doesn’t work, I have no other solutions for you, just continue googling :/

 

Shame Microsoft, it really is some sort of bug you have here in this new Start menu database system you’ve created but not tested.

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