Fix Start menu does not open in Windows 10 build 10130

If you are running the recent Windows 10 build 10130 for Windows Insiders, you might have faced a strange issue that the Start menu does not open reliably. Most of the times although not always, when you press the Win key on the keyboard or when you click the Start button, nothing happens. I faced with this issue recently and it just wasn't working for me. Luckily I found a trick to resolve it. Here is what helped me.
windows 10 most used list enabledTo resolve the issue and get the Start menu working, I tried to restart the Explorer shell first. However, it does not help and the Start menu still does not appear.
Next, I tried to reboot the PC, but it too was not helpful to me.

Finally, I did the following to get it working:

  1. Switch Windows 10 to Tablet mode.
  2. In Tablet mode, wait for half a minute and click the Start button. After some delay, the full screen Start menu will be opened.start screen Windows 10
  3. Now, disable Tablet mode and click the Start button once 10 single column Start menu height

That's it. The Start menu still works for me a few days after this. Please reply in the comments if this helped you too or not or if you have found another way to resolve this issue. See how to resize Windows 10 Start Menu to the single column.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

9 thoughts on “Fix Start menu does not open in Windows 10 build 10130”

  1. I found that going to Settings > Personalization > Start and toggling “Store and display recently opened programs” either on or off (Whichever you prefer) fixed the Start Menu.

  2. How do I access the Settings when the Start Menu doesn’t open? How do I change to Tablet Mode when the Start Menu and the Notifications and the Action Center won’t open?

    I don’t get it. I don’t want to go back to Win 7 again.

  3. This worked for me. The menu problem only happens when my laptop is docked with multiple monitors attached. To change mode, I took it off the dock (menu then works), changed back and forth to Table mode, and redocked, now menu works.

  4. This did not work for me. I’m to the point now of uninstalling and reinstalling windows 10.
    I’ve tried everything I can find on the web.

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