Start Menu and Cortana - Restoring Health

posted Mar 27, 2018, 7:43 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 7:59 AM ]
What's bugging me right now? Version 1709, it's messing up Windows Search.  Even clicking Cortana, and typing Notepad nets zero responses.  Fixing it is a PITA.

First Method:
Make sure you have the latest 1709: 
Install  windows10.0-kb4089848-x64_db7c5aad31c520c6983a937c3d53170e84372b11
Then use the System file checker utility in Windows to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. Run system file checker (SFC) and see if it helps. Please follow these steps:
a. Open command prompt (CMD) (run as administrator).
b. Type the following command press Enter.       sfc /scannow

Second Method:
Run DISM tool using these steps:
a. Open the command prompt (CMD) (run as administrator).
b. Type the following command in command prompt and press Enter.   DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
After the scan is complete, type the following and press Enter.            DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Third Method: (last resort)
If that doesn't work, regedit, delete the user profile list entry, then remove profile from c:\users.  Restart. Log that user back in, and Active Directory will rebuild the profile.  Your user will not be happy because they will have to sign in to everything that was cached previously;  
But THIS will work, and both Windows start and Cortana search will function again as it should.