Fix Windows 8 Start Button not Working

Windows 8 start button not working? I will explain why this happens and what are the remedial measure to be taken to overcome this problem. Windows is the most used operating system in the world covering almost 90%. Although Microsoft has released Windows 10 but there are many people who still use Windows 8. Windows 8 was full of bugs and start button not working is one of them. Let’s see how we can troubleshoot Windows 8 start button.

Reason why Windows 8 Start Button is not Working

Windows 8 start button may stop responding, if any of applications takes the system resources than what is allocated to them. This causes the computer to get hanged. It means that system may not be responding to your keyboard and (or) mouse commands.

Windows 8 Start Button not Working

Very rarely, the Windows 8 start button key problem can be caused by damaged keyboard or damaged start key itself. If so, replace your keyboard with a new one.

These are the most common reasons why your Windows 8 start button key is not working.

How to Fix Windows 8 Start Button is not Working

There is nothing much that can be done to solve this problem, if both the keyboard and mouse does not respond. Then, wait for some time and let the computer come out of the problem, on it’s on.

If your Windows 8 start key does not work and mouse and keyboard are also not responding, you are probably left with only one option now. i.e. To switch off the power supply and then restart the computer in safe mode.

If your mouse and (or) keyboard are working, try the following options. There are many other options also. Due to article length constraints, I am limiting the remedial options to seven.

1. When the Mouse Works

  • Try to access the windows start key with your mouse.
  • If that works, shut down your computer.
  • Restart your computer, preferably in safe mode.

2. When Keyboard Works

You can use the Windows ‘Task Manager’ to kill the hanged process with keyboard.

  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Del (Press Ctrl, Alt and Delete keys) together.
  • Click Task Manager.
  • Windows Task Manager appears in a new popup window.
  • Click “More details” if the screen is blank.
  • End or restart the next three processes (whichever is applicable).
  • 1. Click on any application name which shows ‘not responding’. Click “End task”. This kills any hanged applications.
  • 2. Click on “Start”. Click “End task”. This restarts the Start menu process.
  • 3. Right click on the “Windows Explorer” and then select “restart”. This restarts the Windows Explorer process.
  • Wait for a few seconds for the Task manager to kill those processes.
  • In most cases, your problem gets solved by now. If the problem is resolved, close the “Task manager”.

3. Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool (DISM)

DISM servicing commands are used to install / uninstall / configure / update windows drivers , packages, features, and international settings.

  • Go to the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  • There are three different methods to open the Command Prompt as administrator:
  1. Press the [Windows] + [X] keys simultaneously. Click Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Right click on the Windows 8 start menu button. Click Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. Enter cmd in the Windows search bar next to the Windows 8 start button. (Right click on Command Prompt.) Select ‘Run as administrator’.
  • Click Yes. (Sometimes, you may need to enter your administrator password before clicking Yes.)
  • The Command Prompt popup window will appear.
  • Type the following command in the command prompt. DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  • Press Enter key.
  • Wait for the command to be executed.
  • Restart your computer.

4. Windows Powershell

Three are three different methods for you to open Windows PowerShell

  1. Press the [Windows] + [X]. Click Windows Powershell(admin). Press Enter. Click Yes.
  2. Right click on the start menu button. Select ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’. Enter powershell. Press Enter.
  3. Enter powershell in the Windows search bar next to the Windows 8 start button. Click Windows PowerShell. (Right click and) Select ‘Run as administrator’.
  • Click Yes. (Sometimes, you may need to enter your administrator password before clicking Yes.)
  • Type the following command :

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

  • Press Enter.
  • Wait until the command is executed. Then, close the PowerShell window. Note:There may be some errors; ignore those errors.

5. System File Checker Tool (To repair missing or corrupted system files)

  • Open Windows Command Prompt as an administrator, as described by any of the three methods, in method 3.
  • Type the following command in the command prompt. sfc /scannow
  • Wait for the the command to be executed. Then, close the Command Prompt window.
  • The System File Checker tool now starts to scan all protected system files, and will replace any corrupted files, with a cached copy.

6. Using a Previously Created Batch file – With Mouse or Keyboard

You should have previously created the batch file with the following three lines of code as shown below, for this option to work. The batch file or its shortcut should be stored on your computer’s desktop. Batch files are files with extension .bat. Batch files are text files and contains one or more of the the operating system commands. Use a plain text editor like Notepad to create this text file.

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

7. Reinstall Windows, as the Last Resort

If all the previously mentioned methods fail to solve your Windows 8 start button problem, as a last report, you may need to reinstall Windows. Re-installation of Windows should be done by professionals who are experienced with windows installation.

Conclusion : Sometimes, Windows 8 start button may not work. Some process may encroach the available system resources, which causes this error.

If keyboard and (or) mouse works, there are a number of options to fix the problem. Windows Task manager is the first and most reliable option to fix Windows 8 key problems. Some command prompt commands also comes handy in such situations. Windows Powershell and System File Checker Tool are also helpful to resolve when the Windows 8 start button is not working. There are many other fixes also; article length constraints prevents me from writing on those fixes.

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