Newest Build - Version 1903 - breaking the Start Menu

Post date: Oct 25, 2019 1:31:10 PM

Once again, Microsoft released an update that broke the start menu. It's the same deal as my 2016 posts on this topic. At least the fix is pretty straightforward, and not difficult to do. It's just time consuming and a pain if you have lots of workstations that all applied this update.

Log in as your admin profile; Then you delete the c:\users folder for your profile, and then also go in and delete the corresponding registry entry under profiles, then log back in as the user having the start menu issue. The profile rebuilds/reloads, and the start menu works once again. Then you just need to recreate the app shortcuts. Details below.

Active Directory, Log in as the domain admin, go to C:\Users and delete the account folder. Then go to regedit.msc and delete the corresponding registry key for the profile. Go Here:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Look on the right side window pane of regedit.msc, and find the profile name by clicking through the list, most likely the bottom one. Right click, delete.

Then reboot. Login as that user, the profile will reload/rebuild. The start menu will work once again. However, the apps themselves may need to have their links recreated. Pause here, and wait and see. If you have your apps back, there is no need to continue. If you find that you don't have your office suite, or other apps restored, continue on.

Open PowerShell, run as admin, then copy paste this: (then press enter)

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

Once running, this powershell command will rebuild the start menu list of apps. Once it completes, restart the computer one last time, and log back in. Everything will be back up and working.

Or, you could skip all of this and simply roll back to a previous version ... but where's the fun in that?