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MichaelFaklis-7569 asked KumarSatishNoida-3741 commented

Windows Server 2016 Start Menu Will Not Open

I am unable to get the Start Menu to open in Windows Server 2016 with GUI Evaluation Image. It is activated for a 180-day trial. Pressing the Windows key on my keyboard does nothing at all. The same with the Start icon on the taskbar. I have searched the Internet for solutions, but nothing is working. The problem started when I changed the Start Menu to Full Screen in the Settings:Personalization. I have since then turned that option off, but the problem persists.
There are many complaints in support forums, bun none of the suggested solutions resolve the problem. Windows Server 2016 is six years old, so I'm surprised that this problem hasn't be resolved by Windows Update, or a solution posted in support forums.
I should also note that the Windows Search also doesn't work.

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DSPatrick answered MichaelFaklis-7569 commented

Try creating and logging on as a new user.

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Just checking if there's any progress or updates?

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This proposed answer did show that a new user did provide a work-around.

However, it does not resolve the underlying problem that Windows Server 2016 with GUI has a known time-bomb which Microsoft has failed to fix after six years. The new user does not show the customization made by the original user, These customizations likely include menu items and options set for tool;s installed by the original user. Should any user who selects the option to show a full-screen start menu, need to find an administrator to delete their login so it could be recreated from scratch?

None of the other suggested fixes, here or elsewhere on the Internet, resolved the problem. For shame Microsoft.

This product should be pulled from the market, just as it will be pulled from my operations. I'll try the Hyper-V Server 2019, and not waste my time trying Windows Server 2019, which likely has the same problem.

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cthivierge answered KumarSatishNoida-3741 commented

Just look in this folder... %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Packages
There could be some missing folders... You should have 14 or 15 folders. If not, this script may fix this issue


$packages = Get-ChildItem -Path "$env:USERPROFILE\AppData\Local\Packages"
if($packages.count -lt 14){
$apps = Get-ChildItem -Recurse -Path "C:\Windows\SystemApps","C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel","C:\Windows\PrintDialog","C:\Windows\MiracastView" -Include "AppXManifest.xml"
Foreach($app in $apps){
Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$app" -Verbose}
}
Else{
$null}


https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/azure/en-US/e17d9be6-0156-4cb6-815c-73558bc01350/start-menu-not-opening-in-server-2016?forum=ws2016



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This script worked for me for Windows server 2016. I accept this as an answer.

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Docs-4663 answered MichaelFaklis-7569 commented


Open administrative command prompt and type or copy and paste:
msdt.exe -id SearchDiagnostic
sfc /scannow
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth


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If the new user profile did not work these are some additional steps that could be tried: (it's best to have a backup image)

Regback

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/54211-start-menu-troubleshooter-windows-10-a.html

https://m.majorgeeks.com/files/details/microsofts_start_menu_troubleshooter.html

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DSPatrick answered

The simplest solution may be to clean install it, patch fully and go again.

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MichaelFaklis-7569 answered DSPatrick commented

This answer is a temporary fix, as it's reasonable for an administrator to customize the option and show a full-screen start menu. Why waste any more effort on Windows Server 2016?

I do appreciate your answers.

The following is an editorial comment:
Unless Microsoft participates in these support forums, they are likely to never know, much less address, the problems being reported.

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Glad to hear, you're welcome.


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BertBouwknegt-4443 answered

Try this:

type windows+r
type: powershell
in powershell type: start-process PowerShell -verb runas
klik ok
run the following in the elevated powershell:

Remove-Item "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\RestrictedServices\Configurable\System"

New-Item "HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy\RestrictedServices\Configurable\System"

Alt+f4
choose logoff
login again and you're startmenu will be fixed

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