Windows 10 Start menu/app(s) not launching
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I’ve come across several instances where the Windows start menu will not pop up when you click it or press the Windows key on the keyboard.
There is also a separate issue where Windows 8/8.1/10 apps will not launch. They flash on the screen briefly, but do not launch. The icon for the app may even show up on the taskbar, but does nothing when you click it.
In addition, this method can fix any issue relating to corrupt system files in Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (malware, hard drive corruption, etc.) and may be a good idea to do periodically on a year-to-year basis or after a failing HDD–>SSD migration.
Previously, I would have recommended a Windows Refresh/clean install to fix these issues (didn’t always work). Nowadays, I try this first: