Thank you @Lochlomonder - Unresponsive Win-10 Start Button

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pdesjardins

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I came across a very frustrating issue with Windows 10 today that caused my Start button and Cortana to become completely unresponsive. I spent a couple hours trying to troubleshoot this and came back here where I'd found so many helpful solutions a long time ago.

Here's what @lochlomonder suggested:

Okay, since Windows 10 doesn't normally shut down fully, hold down the Windows and R keys together to get the Run dialogue box open, type in cmd, and then hit Enter. Within the Command Prompt dialogue box, type in the following and then hit Enter: shutdown /s /t 0 (that's a zero at the end). Note: this will turn off your PC, so ensure you've saved all your files and exited applications properly.​

Once the PC shut down fully, I started it back up and my Start button and Cortana came back to life. Thanks!
 

dvk01

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It is even easier just to restart or hold shift button on W10 when shutting down. You get exactly the same effect

On W8 & W10 the default behaviour is to use "fast start" that is effectively a combination of Hibernate & sleep, where when you press shutdown, the computer sleeps but a file with the current windows state is stored & reloaded at startup.
This makes it quicker to start up, several seconds as opposed to 1 or 2 minutes.

When you restart then the computer cleanly shuts down & starts a complete new session with no stored baggage. That is why after a windows update, you RESTART not shut down & start up
 
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