Start Your Something

Posted By admin On 28/12/21

The Start Menu is where everything is on Windows, so it can be quite frustrating if it suddenly stops working - and can make it near impossible to get anything done on your PC.

Take the time to figure out the biggest challenges your audience is facing and build your relationship with them. Then create something that solves their problem. I know this is easier said than. At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and your failure. And the sooner you realize that, you accept that, and integrate that into your work ethic, you will start being successful. As long as you blame others for the reason you aren't where you want to be, you will always be a failure.

The much-loved feature made a welcome return in Windows 10 but freezes and other issues have been reported by a number of users. If you're experiencing one of these bugs, try the solutions we've set out below and hopefully your Start Menu will be up and running like normal again.

Check and repair corrupt Windows files

Windows files can sometimes become corrupt and this can wreak havoc on your PC — including a stuck Start menu. Fortunately, Windows 10 has a built-in way of resolving this.

1. Launch Task manager

Press the [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [Del] keys on your keyboard at the same time - alternatively, right click the Taskbar. Then select Task manager.

2. Run a new Windows task

When the Task manager window opens, click the More details option to expand it, then select Run new task from the File menu.

3. Run Windows PowerShell

When the Run new task dialog box opens, type powershell, tick the box for Create this task with administrative privileges and click OK.

4. Run the System File Checker

Type sfc /scannow into the window and press the [Return] key. The scan may take some time and will end with one of three results. Windows did not find any integrity violations and Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and repaired them mean there are now no corrupt files, but Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some (or all) of them indicates a problem.

In this latter case, type (or copy and paste) DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth into the PowerShell window and press the [Return] key. This will download files from Windows Update to replace the corrupt ones and, again, this may take some time.

If you struggled with this solution, watch the video at the top of the page to see each step in action.

Reinstall all Windows apps

Downloading and reinstalling all Windows 10 apps reportedly fixes a stuck Start menu. This isn’t as drastic as it sounds — ‘Windows apps’ are the ones built into Windows 10 and available from the Windows Store. They used to be called ‘Modern’ apps and, before that, ‘Metro’ — Microsoft just changed the name with Windows 10.

Better still, the reinstallation is automatic and should only take a few minutes. The process might delete any data you have saved in these Windows apps, though, so backup anything important before you begin.

Apps that store data online, in Microsoft OneDrive or as files in a separate folder (such as the Photos app) should be unaffected.

Warning: Recent reports indicate that this process may cause some Windows Store apps to stop working, so be mindful of this before continuing.

1. Reinstall Windows apps

Launch the Task manager and open a new PowerShell window with administrative privileges, as explained above.

When the Windows PowerShell window opens copy the line below and paste it into the PowerShell window by simply right-clicking at the blinking PS C:WINDOWSsystem32> prompt, or by pressing [Ctrl] + [V] on the keyboard:

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

Wait until the app download and installation process completes — ignore any red text that appears — and restart Windows.

Create a new user account

If reinstalling Windows apps doesn’t work, creating a new user account usually will. If you’re currently using a Microsoft account, your settings will also transfer to the new account once you upgrade it from the default local account. You’ll need to transfer your local files from one account to the other in all cases, though. Your installed software won’t be affected.

1. Launch Task manager

Open Task manager (see above) and select Run new task from its File menu.

Tick the box for Create this task with administrative privileges and type net user NewUsername NewPassword /add in the box.

You’ll need to replace NewUsername and NewPassword with the username and password you want to use — neither can contain spaces and the password is case sensitive (i.e. capital letters matter).

2. Log into the new account

Restart Windows and log into the new user account. The Start menu should now work, so you can change the new local account to a Microsoft account, and transfer your files and settings.

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Refresh your PC

As a last resort, you can ‘refresh’ your Windows 10 installation, which is much the same as reinstalling the operating system. Your documents won’t be affected, but you’ll need to reinstall any applications that aren’t part of Windows.

1. Restart Windows in Troubleshooting mode

Close any open applications and press the [Windows] + [L] keys to log out of your Windows account — or just restart Windows. On the login screen, click the Power icon at the bottom right, hold down the [Shift] key and select the Restart option.

2. Reset your PC

When the blue Choose an option screen appears, click Troubleshoot, followed by Reset this PC. finally, click the Keep my files option and follow the on-screen instructions.

Run Windows Update

Microsoft rolled out its fifth major update to Windows 10 in April 2018, known as the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

The company hasn't stated whether it would fix any of the Start Menu issues specifically, but a few visual tweaks were made which could iron out the problems.

The Fall Creators Update should be rolled out to your machine automatically, but if it hasn't landed yet you can force it to come through now.

Simply go to Settings and select Update & security.

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Then click on the Check for updates button and the Anniversary Update should come through.

For more information check out our dedicated Windows 10 sectionwhich is packed with useful guides, including Windows 10 privacy, changing your web browser and solving printer problems

Life LessonsPersonal Growth

How often do you tell yourself you want to start something new but it’s too late?

How often do you have the mindset that you’ll never accomplish your goals or make your dreams come true?

I’m pretty sure if you’re a human being, you can relate. Self-doubt is something we all experience.

My Personal Battle with Self-Doubt

I remember a time in my life when my self-doubt was at an all-time high. I was thirty years old and I got really sick. It took the doctors months to even diagnose me. My symptoms were debilitating, and for over a year, I thought, ok, maybe this is my new reality. Maybe I just need to give up on the dreams and plans I had and accept my illness.

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Related: Learn more about my journey back to health.

But three years later, with a lot of soul searching, western medications, eastern modalities and a concerted effort to embrace a more healthy lifestyle, I got better.

When I was battling the worst of my symptoms I always told myself, if I can just feel normal again and exercise the way I used to, I promise I’ll run another marathon. Or, if my hair starts to grow back and my red, blotchy skin returns to a normal hue, I’ll put myself out there and start dating again. And, if I was able to jump back into the workforce, I would find a job that gave me a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

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Once I got better, many of these promises I made to myself went out the window. I gave myself a million excuses. I was too busy, or too stressed. But those aren’t really the reasons I didn’t move forward with some of my goals. In reality, I was scared and full of self-doubt. And there was a voice in my head that kept saying, “You’re too old to do start over or create something new.”

So for a while, I gave up. I let other people and outside forces dictate the course of my life.

But you know what? I finally got so fed up with living this way that I pushed myself to take action. I told the voice in my head to shut up. And now, even though I haven’t accomplished my goals yet, (because, girl, there are so many!), I am on the right path. And that means EVERYTHING to me.

I know your story is probably different than mine, but we all end up in the same place. We have dreams and goals, but we don’t move forward because our mindset is giving us a million excuses. And probably one of the most common ones we tell ourselves is the one I told myself: it’s too late.

Well, I’m here to tell you, no matter how old you are, it’s NEVER too late.

Some Motivation for You

I’ve compiled a list of incredible accomplishments by people ALL over the age of FORTY. In fact, most of the people on this list were in their fifties or older.

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This list is ample proof (take a look at #2 and #20 if you don’t believe me), that it is literally never too late to start working on your goals, pursuing your passions, and making your dreams come true.

Proof That Age is Just a Number

  1. Maya Angelou published her first book, “I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing” at age 42.
  2. Gladys Burrill ran a marathon at age 92. Let me repeat that. This woman ran a marathon at AGE 92!
  3. John Glenn went to space at age 77.
  4. Colonel Sanders (yes, there is a real Colonel Sanders!) started KFC at age 65.
  5. At 75, cancer survivor Barbara Hillary became one of the oldest people, and the first black woman, to reach the North Pole.
  6. Paul Cezanne had his first art exhibit at age 56.
  7. Julia Child began her PBS cooking show at age 51.
  8. Umberto Eco, a professor of semiotics, wrote his first novel, “The Name of the Rose” at age 48.
  9. At 71, Katsusuke Yanagisawa, a retired Japanese school teacher, became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest.
  10. At 72, Margaret Ringenberg flew around the world.
  11. Pablo Picasso painted his masterpiece, “Guernica” at age 55.
  12. Marc Chagall became the first living artist to be exhibited at the Louvre Museum at age 90.
  13. Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Florida at age 64.
  14. At 94, comedian George Burns performed in Schenectady, NY, 63 years after his first performance there.
  15. Sony chairman Akio Morita introduced the Sony Walkman at age 58, an idea no one seemed to like at the time.
  16. At 62, J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, “Lord of the Rings.”
  17. Sir Francis Chichester sailed around the world alone in a 53-foot boat normally manned by a crew of six at age 52.
  18. At 85, Theodor Mommsen became the oldest person to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature.
  19. At 95, Nola Ochs became the oldest person to receive a college diploma.
  20. Teiichi Igarashi climbed Mt. Fuji at age 99!

What’s Your Something New? When Will You Start?

The next time you start to tell yourself that it’s too late to start something new, please do yourself a favor and read this list.

Or better yet, read The Beautiful No, a book by Sheri Salata. For years, Sheri told amazing stories as the executive producer of Oprah Winfrey’s highly successful talk show. Now at fifty-six, she’s ready to rewrite her story, and she gives plenty of encouragement in this book for those of us who want to do the same.

Remember this…

The only timeline you are up against is your own.

Stop telling yourself it’s too late. Start telling yourself you’re right on time.

Stop selling yourself short and letting your self-doubt get in the way.

No matter what age you are, if you are alive, it’s never too late to start something new, accomplish your goals and amaze the world.

You got this!

Related: Looking for other ways to jumpstart a change in your life? Check out this post.

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