If your Windows 10 Start Menu icons and tiles turn dark and / or get a ‘download progress bar’ under them you can easily reset them.  In previous versions of Windows 10, if your start menu icons stopped working you could resolve it but was a quite a task.  In Windows 10 1607 and 1703 (Creators Update released in April 2017) a RESET option is now available.

To Fix Start Menu Items in Windows 10:

  1. RIGHT click on the START button and select APPS AND FEATURES (at the top)
  2. Scroll through the list until you find the app that is not starting
  3. Click on the app
  4. Click the ADVANCED OPTIONS link
  5. Click the RESET button

This will flush any of the cached settings and data stored with the app and reset it to default.

Some people have said they want to know how to re-download these apps, and while that is possible, it is generally not necessary.  In this post we explain how to remove and reinstall Microsoft Edge browser but the logic applies to all ‘modern apps’ like Calculator, Weather, News, Sports, Edge, Cortana…

If have seen CALULATOR, WEATHER and many others turn dark blue and not launch which can be quite annoying.  Fortunately the fix is fast.



Chris · January 9, 2020 at 6:53 pm

Didn’t work

    Ian Matthews · January 10, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Have you tried removing and readding it. Also have you tried running SFC /SCANNOW ?

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