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On October 17, Microsoft started rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to the general public. Just like any new version of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update also comes with some annoying bugs despite the fact Microsoft and Windows Insiders tested the software for than 6 months.

One of such bug is the broken start menu in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. A lot of users on both Microsoft forums and Reddit reported that the start menu looks corrupted in Windows 10 after installing the Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft is already aware of the broken start menu bug in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the bug is being actively investigated. However, Microsoft hasn’t detailed as to when the bug will be fixed. In the meanwhile, you can try to fix the broken start menu by following the below steps.

To fix broken the start menu in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, do the following

In most of the cases, the start menu isn’t really broken but the apps are missing. As apps are missing, you cannot launch them from the start menu and it will also look broken. To reinstall the apps, do the following:

  • Use Start or Cortana to open PowerShell with administrator rights.
  • Once the command prompt appears on the screen, type the below command:
  • Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
  • Hit the enter key.

If the other elements of the start menu are broken, you should try to repair the corrupted files. All you need do is open Task Manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC) and run a new task: PowerShell with administrator privileges. In the PowerShell, type sfc /scannow and Windows will repair the corrupted system.

The last two solutions that appear to be working for some users are reset and rollback. You can reset your Windows 10 PC from Settings > Update & Security > Recovery and under Reset this PC, click on Get Started. If none of the above tricks are working for you, you’ll need to roll back to the Windows 10 Creators Update or wait for Microsoft to release the hotfix which is expected to arrive next month.

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Mayank Parmar is an entrepreneur who founded Windows Latest. He is the Editor-in-Chief and has written on various topics in his seven years of career, but he is mostly known for his well-researched work on Microsoft's Windows. His articles and research works have been referred to by CNN, Business Insiders, Forbes, Fortune, CBS Interactive, Microsoft and many others over the years.