Windows 8 got mixed reviews post its release in late October 2012. Users were eager to try their hands on Windows 10 marketed with lots of improvement over its predecessor. Most critics liked the combination of having the desktop based interface, in-line with earlier versions of Windows and tablet-based approach used in Windows 8.
Upon its initial release, Windows 10 Anniversary update reached out to around 350 million devices around the world. Building an Operating system is far from being easy and users often face issues in the form of errors, bugs that prevent from having a successful installation. Issues can be more than just the Operating system issue. There could be problems with software conflicts, outdated drivers and so on.
One of the common errors faced by users during the installation of Windows 10 is: “Critical Error/Your Start Menu isn’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next time you sign in.” Another error you might encounter is: “Critical Error/Start menu and Cortana aren’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next time you sign in.”
One of the temporary fixes to this problem is to boot to Safe Mode, and then immediately back to normal mode. This solution only works for a while and the error may return later.
Here’s how you can boot into Safe Mode:
- Hold down the Shift key while you simultaneously click on Start, Power, Restart.
- In the Windows Recovery Environment, select Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Startup Settings - > Restart.
- Once it restarts, press 5 or F5 to enter Safe Mode with networking.
- Just sign in to your account in Safe Mode and you are all set. Restart your computer to a normal boot.
Let us explore other solutions to this error.
- System Restore
System Restore fixes problems that are making your computer run slowly or stop responding.
- Right-click on the Start button.
- Click on System.
- Now click on System Protection.
- Click System Restore and Next.
- Now choose a restore point before updates. Click on Next and Finish.
After the restoration process is complete, including your reboot, the system should be back to normalcy.
- Restore your NTUSER.DAT file
When the NTUSER.DAT file is damaged, you encounter Start Menu error. In case you have an earlier, working NTUSER.DAT file, you can replace the current one with the earlier version.
If you do not have an earlier version of the file, follow these steps:
You can locate your hidden NTUSER.DAT file here:
You can view this file only if you have enabled viewing of protected Operating system files.
To do this, just click on the File. Now click on “View” in the top window pane. Now check the box for Hidden items. The File Explorer will remember this setting until the next time you change it.
Click on Options button under View toolbar. Now click the View tab. Uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” box. Windows warns you that deletion of important operating system files could affect the stability of your system. Click “Yes” to continue.
- End Local Security Authority Process
- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch your Task Manager.
- Now go to the Processes tab.
- Scan through the list of processes until you find the Local Security Authority Process.
- Right-click on it and click End Task.
- Now close Task Manager.
- Restart your computer.
Check if the issue has been resolved. If not, then head over to the next solution.
- Disable Internet Explorer
- Press Windows + R button simultaneously.
- A dialog box appears. Type appwiz.cpl in the dialog box.
- Now press Enter or Ok. You can now see a list of all the installed applications.
- Click on Turn Windows features on or off.
- Scan through the programs until you find Internet Explorer.
- Now uncheck Internet Explorer. Click Yes, if prompted.
- Restart your computer.
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