In this article, we will learn how to troubleshoot the Start Menu and taskbar in Windows 11 not working properly. Just like other major OS updates, the update in Windows 11 also brings some minor bugs and errors. Of all of them, the one that is most noticeable is when the Start Menu suddenly stops working.
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Whether you are using Windows 10 or Windows 11, you may face a situation where the Startup becomes slow or unresponsive. Some users have reported problems with the Windows 11 Start menu and Taskbar as I mentioned above. In this article, we will see how to fix Start and taskbar issues in Windows 11.
Below are some solutions on how to solve the problem of a slow or unresponsive Windows 11 Start menu and taskbar that can’t even work at all.
- Press the button Ctrl+Alt+Del together to open the Task Manager.
- Select “More details” at the bottom of Task Manager to expand Task Manager.
- Open “File” and select “Run new task“.
- Type “cmd” in the field “Open“.
- Paste the following command:
reg delete HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionIrisService /f && shutdown -r -t 0
- Press enter, and then your PC should reboot. After rebooting, everything should be back to normal.
After trying the above steps, you should be able to fix this problem instantly.
The method above is the method suggested by Microsoft. There are also other ways that you can use to solve the problem of Windows 11’s slow or unresponsive Start menu and taskbar which can’t even work at all.
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1. Restart Windows Explorer
Windows Explorer (also known as File Explorer) is an important component used to browse and manage files on a PC. Apart from that, it also controls several other elements in Windows including the Taskbar and Start menu. Thus, restarting the Windows Explorer process can help fix problems related to the Start menu.
- Press the button Ctrl+Shift+Esc together and select Task manager from list.
- In the Task Manager window, under the tab Processscroll down to find Windows Explorer. Select and then press the button Restart in the below section.
2. Restart PC
If restarting Windows Explorer doesn’t help, then you should consider restarting your PC. Doing this will kill all applications and processes running on your PC. Now that the Start menu is frozen, you will have to take a different route than usual to restart your PC.
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard. In the screen that appears, click power icon in the lower right corner and select Restart.
- Once your PC boots up, check to see if the Start menu problem is gone or not.
3. Check for Windows 11 Updates
Windows 11 is still in its early stages and it will be some time before bugs and issues like Start menu and taskbar not working will be fixed. Slowly but surely, this bug will be fixed over time as Microsoft regularly pushes updates. So, you should make it a habit to keep your PC up to date.
- To check for updates on Windows 11, go to Settings App and open Windows Update.
- Then click the button Check for updates on the right.
After updating your PC, see if the Start menu issue is fixed or not.
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4. Disable Antivirus
Generally, third-party antivirus installed on your PC occasionally interrupts Windows processes. Some people reported that disabling it fixed the Start menu and taskbar issues in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
To be sure, you can try disabling or pausing the antivirus program for a while to see if that fixes the problem. If yes, then you should consider switching to another anti-virus or using Windows built-in antivirus i.e. Windows Defender.
5. Login with Local Administrator Account
If the Start menu issue occurs because of the Microsoft Account that you are using on the PC, you can try logging in with the local admin account.
- To do so, press the button Windows+i to open Settings App. Now navigate to the tab Accounts and click options Your Info in the right window pane.
- Under Account settings, click Sign in with a local account instead.
Signing in with a local account seems to work fine for many users when it comes to fixing Start menu issues on Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Those are some solutions to the problem of Windows 11’s slow or unresponsive Start menu and taskbar that can’t even work at all. Hopefully this article is useful for you. Thank you for visiting and don’t forget to share it with your friends too.