TechShizz | Windows 10 start button or system tray icons are not working

Windows 10 start button or system tray icons are not working

Right I had this issue after migrating a system image from a VM to my phsical laptop.

First thing to try is the System File Checker - Run this as admin. If you can't get CMD open, remember its located at c:\Windows\System32. You could get here by CTRL+R > Type the location > Hit Enter.

sfc /scannnow

If the outcome says that it could not repair the files, either mount the windows 10 ISO or insert the disc and then run this:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:F:\sources\install.wim:1

F = the drive letter the media is mounted to.

Then re-run sfc /scannow

If this failes, run PowerShell in admin mode (can be found at C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\)

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

At this point my start button and system tray started to work again.

Comments (2) -

Mark White 3/2/2016 2:36:01 AM

I just wish that so-called user friendly systems didn't need a technical response from Stephen Hawking when something goes wrong.  The above instructions are useless to a mere user.

I'm sorry you feel that way Mark. Techshizz is the tidied up notes of my solutions to problems and I'm an IT engineer not a writer. My hope is that people will use my methods to help resolve their own IT issues by further research.
My advice is that if you don't know what SFC /scannow is then google it. It's been covered. Same goes for dism. Even if I created a step by step guide this level of problem solving you'd need to know what these tools do before using them as they can damage your system if used incorrectly.

Sorry to tell you but there isn't always a quick fix!

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