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How to fix Windows 10 slow boot and start menu issues

by AshwinMay 23, 2015

Windows 10 has been evolving into a beautiful OS, ever since the Technical Preview was rolled out last year.

Windows-10-Build-10122-Hands-On

From the availability of Microsoft’s Personal Digital Assistant, Cortana, to Project Spartan aka Microsoft Edge browser, it offers a great experience.

But since the OS isn’t final yet, there are quite a few bugs in it. Here we list out some of the most annoying ones which we encountered with Windows 10.

Windows 10 boots very slowly:

Chances are you have run into a black screen with a cursor on Windows 10. It takes quite a bit of time for the desktop to appear. Though this is a very common issue, Microsoft is yet to acknowledge it as a known issue. Many threads at the Windows Insider Program forums, reported this issue, and the suggestions which Microsoft’s employees offer to the affected users, do not offer a permanent solution.

How to fix Windows 10 slow boot issues:

These are some basic workarounds that will help your PC boot faster.

1. First ensure, that you are running a reputed antivirus solution on your PC. Run a full scan to detect and remove malwares/viruses.
2. Open the Task Manager, and click on more details. Then click on the “Startup tab”. Observe the items listed there, consider disabling the ones with high impact on the startup time. Do not disable your antivirus or other essential apps. If you are unsure, scroll down this article, to learn how to enable fast startup.

Windows-10-Task-Manager-Startup

How to enable Fast startup and shutdown in Windows 10:

If you are using Windows 10 Insider Preview on a laptop, you can use Hybrid Startup and Shutdown, to hibernate the system. Right Click on the battery icon and select Power Options (or do so from the Control Panel).

On the left pane, click on “Choose what the Power button does”.

Windows-10-Power-Options

Now click on, “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.

Windows-10-Power-Options-Power-Button

Check the “Turn on fast startup” option and click on save changes.

Windows-10-Power-Options-Power-Button-Settings

This will help you skip the annoying wait to boot up the system and the black screen with the cursor. You can also disable fast startup and shutdown in the same way.

Windows 10 Start Menu is not responding:

Sometimes, the Start button in Windows 10 will not respond, thus preventing the user to access the Start Menu. Even though left-clicking on the Start Menu doesn’t work, right-clicking on the Start Menu and the taskbar will still work. You can fix it by running a simple command in Powershell.

Note: Before you try this, make sure you backup the data of your Windows Store apps.

Bring up the Run window, by pressing Windows Key + R, and type the command Powershell and hit ok or enter.

Windows-10-Powershell

Now right click on the taskbar icon of Powershell, and click on “Run as Administrator”.

Windows-10-PowerShell-Run-As-Administrator

Copy and paste the following command in the Powershell window and hit enter.

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

Windows-10-PowerShell-Administrator

Wait for the command to be executed completely. You may see some red colored text in the Window, ignore them. This should bring the Start Menu back to life.

(Tip via Techmesto)

Taskbar not responding in Windows 10:

If you find that the taskbar is not responding, press Control + Alt + Delete to bring uo the Windows Task Manager. Find the process named Windows Explorer, and end it. Now click on File > Run New Task and type explorer. Check the option to “Create this task with administrative priviliges ” and hit the ok button or press enter. This should restart Windows Explorer, and the taskbar should respond again.

Windows-10-Task-Manager-Explorer

This will save you the hassle of rebooting the computer, just to make the Taskbar work.

14 Comments
  • rusty
    August 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    You forget to mention about turning off two things
    1 start/type cortana/ click little rosetta third down, move sliders to off
    navigate to privacy,/apps turn off those you do not intend using, easy to turn both these items on or off and test re starts, but it cured my big slow start up from 7 mins to 27 seconds

    • Lanerd
      October 16, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Tried the first ‘solution” problem is , there is NO fast start option in the power settings ……

  • Myrasz
    August 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Hi, I have the same problem – slow boot. I made all of these steps on the first day after the release of Windows, but the only thing I have achieved is very fast first boot(about 20-22secs), but when I restart the system, boot time is still more than one minute. Therefore, I believe that this is not the solution of a problem, but I can suggest something which will speed up system startup . I wrote this in another forum .

    “The next step is the entry in msconfig -> startup tab -> Advanced Options , and there set the maximum number of cores (2 , 4, etc. – depending on the processor ) . The choice of maximum memory had no effect on me starting even one second. Probably Windows itself selects all available resources.”
    Next one:
    “Another thing is setting the appropriate paging file (pagefile.sys). According to M $: (…) the default paging file size is equal to 1.5 times the size of total RAM. (…) The optimal solution is to create one paging file that is stored on the boot partition, and then create one paging file on another partition that is less frequently accessed on a different physical hard disk, if one is available. Moreover best to create the second paging file on a separate partition, designed just for him, for which there is no data file or files belonging to the operating system. According to the draft, Windows uses the paging file on the partition rarely used, and secondly from the paging file on frequently accessed boot partition. Based on an internal algorithm, the system determines which paging file to use for virtual memory management. The paging file can be found: right mouse click on My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> GroupBox Performance -> Settings -> Advanced -> Virtual Memory GroupBox -> Change”

    Shortly after installing the Windows 10 system run more than 2 minutes. Now , after the changes of your and my article (your tips also included in my article dated 30/07/2015 ) , starts about one minute. Initial startup time of about 22 seconds

  • Charlie
    August 12, 2015 at 1:34 am

    The start menu fix works, but only temporarily. Whenever I shut down or restart my computer, the start menu doesn’t work anymore. Does anyone know how to permanently fix the Start menu so that it works all the time? Thanks.

    • Jim DeMarco
      August 19, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      I’ve tried all the fixes I could find for this problem and none of them worked. Start menu will not come up. Some task bar buttons are either vanished completely, or invisible. I tried to create a different user (saw some info that the new user will work properly) but Windows 10 won’t let me. Send me in circles from user management to PC settings without giving me any way to actually create a user.

      I would be interested in any solution to any of the problems.

  • Wayne
    August 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I resolved all issues I was having by enabling legacy boot. I upgraded from Windows 8 to 10 and boot up speeds slowed from about 15 seconds to about 2 minutes. I also had issues with connecting to wifi. After many troubleshooting steps I decided to reload Windows 10 on a separate partition. To boot from CD I enabled legacy boot. I didn’t press F9 in time so it booted and I was shocked it only took 12 seconds. So I rebooted, rebooted, rebooted, and rebooted again to test. It was back to fast boot speeds. I thought “There’s no way that would fix the wifi too” but I checked and boom! Connecting to wifi like a champ. I would like to see if others have the same results as I did.

  • ddavet
    August 25, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    My problem after installing window10, delay in file, folder , programs opening, slow commands, to open a picture or word or pdf file it takes about 10 minutes to respond, please help me with this issue

  • mark mclain
    September 4, 2015 at 5:04 am

    worst mistake ever made changing over from a working os “windows 7′ to a slow crappy windows 10, will never upgrade like this in the future, am thinking about resetting my computer to factory

  • Stana
    November 29, 2015 at 9:44 am

    How find and where -. Now click on File > Run New Task and type explorer ? (Taskbar not responding in Windows 10:)

  • Mercy!!!
    December 23, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    ONCE AGAIN Microsoft takes a dump and creates disasters for everyone that even considers PC’s….Good Grief!!! What are they thinking of when they decided to create Windows 10! It sucks and I’m switching to Apple. This Startup Menu thing and missing taskbar is a nighmare. It has put my business in jeopardy not finding a quick solution for this freakin’ problem!!! Microsoft join Apple or get out of the business.

  • Pietertje
    February 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    For me, right-clicking anything on the taskbar didn’t work. Neither did the “action centre” work (sorry for perhaps a bad translation… the bar you pull out from the right)

    Also, I noticed a huge increase in logging in. (from 12 seconds cold boot to about a minute, and it hung up on the logging in part where you see your icon and name)

    So… my steps:
    1. Right-click the start button (this worked)
    2. Click “Command Prompt (ADMIN)” and make sure you got the admin one…..if you can’t right-click the start button, go to “C:\Windows\System32″ and find the file called”cmd.exe”. Right click, and run as administrator
    3. Type “powershell” (without the “” of course)
    4. Paste this line and hit enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
    5. After a while (mine took about 3 minutes) it’ll get you back in command. Indeed, ignore the errors
    6. If your start menu still isn’t working (like mine did), right-click the start button and restart (NOT shut down, sign out or sleep). Alternatively, press CTRL-ALT-DEL and click the powerbutton in the lower right corner.. restart
    7. Mine worked fine at this point. If yours doesn’t, try making another user account. To do this, go to Settings>Accounts>Family & Other Users and fill in whatever you like. Sign out, login to the other account, reboot, and log back into your “normal” account.

    That’s all I’ve got at the moment… good luck!

  • nicola
    April 2, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    disable email login

  • Sam
    January 24, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    My windows 7 has started to have problems recently. I have cleaned up the usual. But it has the slow start up, the black screen with cursor, and it takes 3 seconds to click on the start menu or get a window up. Apparently no viruses or malware.
    It is hard to understand how my problems are described in a new windows when my old one just started doing it.

    I have spyware paranoia from 2 cheap Chinese items I recently bought. All I can do is a factory reset and compare the speed to my memory of last year, when my machine made a click sound at the same time as I clicked.

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