SOLVED: How to Change Command Prompt to PowerShell on the Start Menu of Windows Server 2016 or Win10

If you have a new Windows Server 2016 or Windows 10 installation, you will find that when you right click on the START button, you will see COMMAND PROMPT as an option.  For standard users this is fine, but for administrators, you will likely want the more powerful POWERSHELL option.  Fortunately this is easy to change. To change COMMAND PROMPT to POWERSHELL on the START menu: Right click on the TASK BAR and select SETTINGS…

SOLVED: Windows 10 Calculator, Weather or Other App Not Starting

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: RIGHT click on the START button…

SOLVED: Fix Windows 10 Start Button Problems with START Menu Repair Tool

Microsoft has acknowledged that Windows 10 sometimes has problems with the START button and developed a free repair tool.   You can download and run this tool directly from Microsoft. Over the last year our most popular pages have been How to repair the Windows 10 Start Menu when you click it, nothing happens.  We built an initial page with 4 common fixes and the n another page with a much more complex, but nearly always works…

SOLVED: Fix Windows 10 Start Button Does Nothing in 10 Minutes

UPDATE: June 21, 2016 – Microsoft has released a free repair tool for the Windows 10 START menu.  You can read very brief explanation and download it here. UPDATE: Jan 19 2018 – If your issue is that typing searches into the START menu is very slow or sluggish, the easy solution is HERE. If you have been through the typical fixes for the annoying problem of having your Windows 10 Start Button not working,…

SOLVED: Windows 10 Start Menu and Modern Apps Do Not Function

UPDATE: June 21, 2016 – Microsoft has released a free repair tool for the Windows 10 START menu.  You can read very brief explanation and download it here. . It was a dark and stormy nighty in April when I installed Windows 10 build 10041 (on the fast ring) and the START button stopped working… ok enough fun.  If you have installed a recent Windows 10 build you may find that the START button and…

VIDEO SHOCKER: Windows 9 Gets a START Menu

Yes, boys and girls there is some sanity left at Microsoft.  After removing such useful features as transparent window frames, Win+Tab movement and the Start BUTTON from Windows 8, they have re-added the most important feature, the Start MENU.  Check out the video:

SOLVED: When I RIGHT CLICK the START BUTTON Nothing Happens in Windows 8.1

If you right click on the START button but do not see a context menu you likely have corrupted or missing folder: c:\User\<user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX The solution is just to copy this folder (and its three subfolders) from a working machine.  In my case, I was able to copy these files from a different Windows profile that was not experiencing the problem. Also, in case you have not figured this out yet, you can customize your right…

SOLVED: How to Make Windows 8 Run the Windows 7 Desktop OR How to Get the Start Button Back in Windows 8

Previously I had posted several easy ways to add a Start button to  Windows 8 urtech.ca/2012/10/solved-solved-solved-oh-joy-solved-how-to-add-the-start-button-into-windows-8/  but this is an ENTIRELY different approach… run Windows 7’s EXPLORER.EXE (i.e. the entire Windows 7 DESKTOP) in Windows 8. I have not tried this yet, but several notable tech staffers have with no complaints after more than a month of use. Ex7ForW8, or “Explorer 7 for Windows 8”, is a wrapper created by a developer named Tihiy which basically allows…

SOLVED, SOLVED, SOLVED, OH JOY! SOLVED: How To Add the Start Button into Windows 8?

My God this has frustrated me.  You likely know that Microsoft has removed the start button from Windows 8 and early versions of third party coded Start buttons were unusable… not anymore! There are now several answers and I will begin with the two I most like. 1: CLASSIC SHELL via SOURCEFORGE This is a fantastic FREE product that returns nearly all of the functionality to the Windows START button, it even has the Aero…