Start menu not working in Windows 11 after update? How to fix


The Windows 11 Start menu was the biggest change to Windows in recent times. It comes with tons of extra features while making the GUI a little easier to find most things on your PC. The ability to center the same on your desktop has also been a boon for many users.

Unfortunately, it seems that a recent update released by Microsoft is breaking the Start menu for many users. If you’re in the same boat and can’t use the Start menu after a recent update, here’s everything you need to know about it.

The issue appears to be related to a recent security update released by Microsoft, namely security update KB5015814 (released July 2022). The update appears to break app functionality in the start menu where opening apps crashes the start menu and the affected app.

It has also been reported that explorer can also crash in some cases. If you are facing this problem then you can use the fix mentioned below.

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Hurry Windows + i to open the Settings app and click Windows Update.

Click on Update history.

Click now Uninstall updates.

Find it Security update KB5015814 in the list and click Uninstall next to that.

Click on Uninstall again to confirm your choice.

And that’s all! The selected security update should now be uninstalled from your PC. Restart your PC for good measure and the Start menu should no longer crash on your system.

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Should you reinstall Windows Security Update KB5015814?

No, it is not recommended to reinstall the update in the hope that the problem will be solved this time on your system. This security update has some serious bugs that prevent it from installing on many systems in the first place.

Stuck updates also seem to break Windows Update on many systems. Microsoft has not yet acknowledged this issue, however, speculation suggests that future security updates should automatically help resolve this issue.

We hope this article helped you to easily fix your Windows 11 system Start Menu. If you have any other issues, please feel free to contact us using the comments below.



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