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How to restart the Start menu on Windows 10

Windows 10 1903 is officially out. You can wait for the update to appear in the Settings app under Update & Security, or you can force the update. It’s up to you. If you want to check out the new features in 1903 before you update, we’ve got a list of the 15 best features in Windows 10 1903. One of the major updates in 1903 is that the Start menu is now its own process. It is no longer tied to the Search feature. This means you can restart the Start Menu on Windows 10.

Restart the Start Menu

Open Task Manager and look for Start on the Processes tab. Once you find it, select the process and click the Restart button at the bottom. You won’t see any visual indication of the Start menu restarting but when the process reappears in the Processes tab, it means that the restart is complete.

If you restart Explorer.exe, it too will restart the Start Menu but this allows you to do it without restarting any of the other items.

In the event that you can’t get Start Menu to appear, i.e., it’s not running and not in the Task Manager, you can run the app at the following location;

C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy

There will be a an EXE file here called StartMenuExperienceHost. Run it to start the Start Menu.

Benefits of restarting the Start Menu

The Start Menu has its own share of problems. It’s improved quite a bit over time but users will still run into problems with it now and then. This is a pretty easy way to restart it. From an end-user point of view, this is about as much benefit as you can get from the new feature. Developers will be able to get more use of it.

In some cases, restarting the Start Menu won’t fix whatever problems you’re having. The Start Menu is stable on Windows 10 1903 so it’s not like you’re going to run into loads of problems but where restarting the Start Menu, restarting Explorer.exe, rebuilding the icon cache, or running the built-in troubleshooter doesn’t work, your only option may be to create a new user account.

If you customize anything related to the Start Menu in the registry, it is possible you may not have to restart Explorer. Simply restarting the Start Menu might do the trick. Of course, that may not always be the case. Some changes in the registry don’t require Explorer.exe to be restarted, some do, while others require a user log out and log back in. In some rare cases, only a restart works which is why this new feature isn’t going to completely isolate the Start menu. There will always be exceptions.

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