How to reset the Windows Start Menu


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*UPDATE - 04/14/2019* -- I'm updated the code to make it more reliable and to simply the instructions

This tutorial will help you reset the Start Menu if you are experiencing issues such as it won't load at all or the icons appear faded.
  • Press [Windows key + r]
  • Type powershell in the run box and press enter
  • Copy everything from the "Code" section below and paste into the Powershell prompt and hit enter
* Window explorer (start button and task bar should disappear and come back on it's own) if it does not come back press [windows key + r] and type explorer and press enter*

Taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 500

Rename-Item "$($env:Userprofile)\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy" "$($env:Userprofile)\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy.old"
Add-AppxPackage -Path "C:\Windows\SystemApps\ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\AppxManifest.xml" -Register -DisableDevelopmentMode

Start-Process explorer.exe
Test your Start Menu.
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To run it with the .\ you need to be in the same directory or type the full path.
Got following errors:

Rename-Item : Access to the path
'C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy' is denied.
At line:1 char:1
+ Rename-Item "$($env:Userprofile)\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Win ...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : WriteError: (C:\Users\Admini...t_cw5n1h2txyewy:String) [Rename-Item], IOException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : RenameItemIOError,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.RenameItemCommand