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Windows 10 Problems and Irritations

Critical error: start menu and Cortana aren’t working

One of the more annoying problems with Windows 10 (final edition)) is that occasionally you will get the above message suggesting that you should log off and that Windows will solve the problem.  You log off, and guess what?  You still have the problem.  The problem also exists in the newest update except that you don’t get an error message.  What happens?  You click on the start button and NOTHING happens.  You click on an icon in the task bar and NOTHING happens.  The computer appears locked up. I have my own ideas about what causes this, but it is a real pain when you are in a hurry.  The following is a fix that as of now (December 2015) seems to work when this happens.  To fix it follow the appropriate set of instructions below:

  1. If you have not installed the December 1 update and are getting the above message:
    1. Control/Alt/Delete
    2. Choose Task Manager
    3. Click on File à Run new task
    4. Type msconfig in box and press the Enter key
    5. Click on the Boot tab
    6. Check “Safe Boot” box
    7. Click on OK
    8. Restart computer when prompted
    9. When in safe mode, repeat a-e and uncheck the Safe Boot box.
    10. Click Apply and restart computer

 

  1. If you installed the big update on December 1 or so and are not getting the error message but the computer appears to be locking:
    1. Control/Alt/Delete   (hold down ctrl and alt and tap the delete key)
    2. Choose Task Manager
    3. Click on File àRun new task.  If you have the update, you will need to click on “more details” at the bottom of the window.
    4. Type msconfig in box.  Press the enter key.
    5. Click on the Boot tab
    6. Check “Safe Boot” box
    7. Click on OK
    8. Restart computer when prompted
    9. When in safe mode, repeat a-e and uncheck the Safe Boot box.
    10. Click Apply and restart computer

This is working for me RIGHT  NOW.  I make no promises for the future. I believe it is connected to the annoying Windows 10 habit of installing updates and not notifying the user about them.  The big December 1 update had a couple of smaller updates a few days later that addressed that issue to some extent.  Now when you click on the start button and choose “Power” it will ask you to install and restart or install and shut down if there are updates available. Remember not to force the computer to shut down (by unplugging or holding down the power button for 10 seconds) if there is any activity in the computer.  There may not be a message about updates on the screen, but it may possibly be glowing slightly.