Never fear, alternatives are here. You can open both desktop applications and Modern apps from the menu. Repeat these steps until you have selected all the check boxes. I am not sure if it is Microsoft Policy to post what you engineers post. I think they should have thought of them in advance as well. I will assume you don't use disk imaging, else you would have restored an image you'd created prior to this happening.
I've also noticed that I can no longer get the 'switch app' gesture in the upper left any more. Use command prompt to fix corrupted files with system file checker tool: Open command prompt with administrative privilege and run the following command to use system repair tool. Clicking on the program's Start Button brings up a menu chock full of goodies with access to all of your Windows 8 applications, settings, and files. From the Settings window, you can enable or disable various Windows settings, change the image for the orb, choose which features should appear in the menu, and tweak the style and appearance for the menu. I have a problem with the start menu search function. I did that less than a month ago.
And you can change the image used by the button. It appears that your current user profile may have become corrupted. You can also tweak some key Windows settings, such as whether to bypass the Start screen and go directly to the desktop, what Windows does after you close a Modern app, and what happens when you press the Windows key. If you have a Microsoft mouse another tool you may have is mousinfo. Pokki for Windows 8 is one of my favorite Start menu programs, both for its design and its host of customizable features. You'll find dedicated buttons to launch the Start screen, Charms bar, Task Switcher, and Windows 8 search screen.
In step 2, click to clear half of the check boxes that you originally selected in the Service list. Icons running down the middle of the menu link to the My Computer folder, browser, the Windows 8 Start screen, your e-mail, calendar, and a host of other apps. The familiar Search tool and Shutdown options are also accessible at the bottom of the menu. You can choose which items you want to appear in the Start menu, such as your personal folders, documents, Control Panel, Devices and printers, and the Run command. It's hard to think of a feature the menu left out, yet it manages to pull it off without feeling too cluttered.
My Network System Icon that is usually located on the task bar, is no longer visible. The Help command even calls up the new Windows 8 Help and Support page. Clicking on the Apps icon lets you choose to see all of your apps, only desktop apps, or just Modern apps. Note disk imaging can provide a much faster fix. You can also still retain access to the new Windows 8 features. StartMenuPlus8 offers an array of features and options, almost too many.
So, see if you can click on the Start button any better when the App switcher is showing, with or without the aid of the Magnifier? It has been updated several times since then to include additional programs and other details, most recently with 8Startbutton, StartIsBack, and Start Menu 8 on May 27, 2014. The only way I can make the pen do a right-click there is by filtering it through a Magnifier Lens e. Clicking on the program's Start orb displays the usual two-pane menu with access to your programs and folders and commands for search, run, and help. Clicking on the Shut Down icon brings up choices for Shut Down, Restart, Hibernate, Lock, and Switch User. Right-clicking on the Start Button does nothing — no context menu appears.
Another thing that was unusual was many, many services not running and not able to be started. No errors in the event log. I have the same problem. Even the search bar doesn't show up. Similar to the Num Lock Off issue with Fast Start Up being turn on, there is no real fix but a workaround. Robert Aldwinckle --- I have exactly the same issue as reported by all of you. In Windows 8, Microsoft removed very popular windows start button.
Windows batch file is a good alternative of windows command tool. Right-clicking on a folder or other item had no effect. The machine is also a touch-screen, which does work when I touch the start button. The lets you bypass the Start screen even faster. You can also select between a simple single-paned menu or the more modern dual-paned menu.
I've restarted multiple times and created a new local profile. Clicking on the Start orb displays a familiar two-column menu with your programs on the left and various Windows settings and locations on the right. Hopefully it will keep working, unlike some people's computers that stop after a few minutes. Right-clicking the button for 8Startbutton displays a different menu, one with options to shut down, restart, or sign out, as well as pointers to the Task Manager and a handy list of Windows tasks that you can trigger all from one window. But that's fine if all you need it a simple Start menu. Tools: Clean Boot Shellexview Nirsoft, freeware - shell extensions Safe Mode drivers Disk imaging Daily scheduled system restore point Then if using the above shows nothing: Clean install - check all is well.
It used to be a nice way to open an app, just press win key, type and you've got your results. If you're looking for a simple, no-frills Start menu, there are better choices here. So there seems no way to customize the menu. Hi Manish, Thanks for posting your query in Microsoft Community Forums. Hope, this will solve the problem. In my case, when it did not work, the shortcut were in the directory but they were not real shortcut no target , they may have been corrupted. One specific effect seems attributable to these.