Critical Error - Start Menu Stops Working

Dec 30, 2015

Having the start menu critical error in Windows 10? (The error message says the issue will be fixed when you sign off, but that never fixes it.)

Since the start menu doesn't work, that also means you can't access any of your programs (apps) OR the internet, via Edge.

After searching on Microsoft's site, it appears this problem has been around at least since August, but there don't appear to be any real fixes for it.

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