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Dear Ms/Sir

 

My Windows 10 START button stopped working twice recently. Both happens after CCleaner sweep. I didn't think about the possibility last time, but tonight I happen to sweep and select Run at computer start then restart the computer after maybe 20 minutes. The Windows 10 START button stops working again. Will you please look at the possibility of CCleaner wipes out certain document of Windows and stops START button to function?

 

Thank you very much.

 

PNL

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Are you doing a regular clean or a registry clean?

 

Having said that it's probably due more to your Windows 10 install or a Windows update being not quite installed correctly, rather than CCleaner or any other software.

 

There are known problems with the start menu on some installations of Win 10 (and 8, 8.1).

If you google "windows 10 start button not working" you will get plenty of results and fixes for the problem.

 

Try reading this for a start, which gives some step by step instructions to fix these start menu problems:

http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/computing/has-your-windows-10-start-menu-stopped-working-here-are-four-ways-to-fix-it-11364000314532

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Nuke

 

Thank you for reply. I did what the google search results informed me after the first incident. But what I am thinking is that it may have something to do with CCleaner because both incidents happened after I used CCleaner. I always do regular clean.

 

Thank you.

 

pnl

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I have been using CCleaner daily, first with XP, then Win 8.1, and since last July with Win 10, as have many others, and have never had a problem like this.

 

Indeed it is hard to see how CCleaner could be causing this problem in normal use, unless you somehow deleted a vital registry entry.

There again I have used the registry cleaner, usually after large Windows upgrades/updates, and again never had this or any other problem.

 

I still believe that this is a Windows problem rather than a CCleaner problem.

It may be down to your system architecture, particularly if you have any kind of custom build.

eg. there were a lot of problems with Nvidia graphics cards when Win 10 first launched.

 

If it were a CCleaner problem then I would expect to see a lot more people shouting about it here.

 

As there are a lot of reports and articles online about this Start Menu problem, and presumably not everyone is using CCleaner, it would suggest that it is your Win 10 installation itself that is the problem rather than any particular software.

 

EDIT

Just a thought here, when your start menu button stops working have you tried right clicking on it?

This should bring up an alternative context menu.

 

Anybody else have any suggestions?

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Dear Nukecad

 

Thank you for your reply. I changed CCleaner settings to "Run CCleaner when the Computer Starts" option after the regular sweep both times then powered off the computer. I don't know if it means a registry sweep. The START button problem occurred after I reboot the computer the next days.

 

I am not sure CClearner causes the problem. I do see vast quantity of complaints of the Windows 10 START button issue online and not everyone uses CCleaner. But I am just asking the question and hope to get the development team's notice to make sure.

 

Thank you.

 

pnl

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@pnl,

What is your AV software?

I ask because I have seen Avast on two PC's kill the Win10 Start button (as well as the right mouse click context menu).

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PNL, this is not just you. I experienced similar things a few months back (and posted about it but maybe the forum software was updated cause it's gone now). In fact the only reason I went on the forum today was to see if anyone else repoted this, or if Piriform has found it repeatable.

 

Not only was the start menu broken, but my Windows Store wouldn't launch in Windows 10, and a bunch of other problems. This happened twice after using CCleaner and the only way I could fix it was to do a full Windows Reset.

 

I suspect it's the registry cleaner that does it.

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I've spent quite a few hours to figure out this issue when I installed windows 10 back then, my start menu would break everytime and the cause was that I had Microsoft Edge cleaning options selected. I am pretty sure if you untick cleaning options for Microsoft Edge your start menu won't break anymore.

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I've spent quite a few hours to figure out this issue when I installed windows 10 back then, my start menu would break everytime and the cause was that I had Microsoft Edge cleaning options selected. I am pretty sure if you untick cleaning options for Microsoft Edge your start menu won't break anymore.

That's interesting to know.

 

Just to clarify; do you mean the cleaning options in Edge itself, or in CCleaner?

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Just speculating, but what I would pay attention to first is the "Clear menu order cache" option in CCleaner.

 

Since Wndows 10 start menu stores the menu order and layout in a completely different way, this particular option in CCleaner might potentially corrupt or remove the new start menu ESENT database

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Hi

I too have had problems with cCleaner disabling the start menu in Windows 10 it occurred immediately after doing a registry clean on 3 out of my 5 windows 10 Machines.

To prove this was not a fluke or an adoration I dropped a brand new drive in each machine & a clean image from the master backup the new images were tested 100% ok

 

Tried again same result these machines are all different permutations of ASUS motherboards with different AMD processors, & all use AMD on-board DVI / HDMI graphics

Some are 64 bit, & some are 32 bit so the only thing clear cut is that without using cCleaner no issues, do a registry clean problems straight after using it so its a problem.

 

I've been using cCleaner for many many years & have occasionally donated (not relevant). People whom I support ie friends relatives and clients who also use it report this

I have stopped using it and I have advised all that I support not to use it until something definitive is known, because every supposed known menu fix does nothing to fix this.

 

I would appreciate any helpful clues / suggestions ect 

 

Kind Regards

MrPj2u

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do a registry clean problems straight after using it so its a problem.

 

Registry cleaning and not knowing exactly what's being removed is a tried and true way of messing up a computer, even if said registry cleaner is deemed by most of us as being more gentle.

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Just speculating, but what I would pay attention to first is the "Clear menu order cache" option in CCleaner.

 

Since Wndows 10 start menu stores the menu order and layout in a completely different way, this particular option in CCleaner might potentially corrupt or remove the new start menu ESENT database

 

Hi

Do you mean the MUI Cache as my understanding this is the most used instruction cache (and the onle one mentioning cache in the list) or  do you mean Start Menu Order as this i the only one that mentions menu or are they both involved

 

Kind Regards

MrPj2u

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Registry cleaning and not knowing exactly what's being removed is a tried and true way of messing up a computer, even if said registry cleaner is deemed by most of us as being more gentle.

I see

 

Well that's not a very helpful answer, I could take a hex dump of the registry import the registry backup do a second hex dump and analyze what was being removed and in 6 months time I may have the answer

That's why I thought I'd ask around in this forum I did not expect to be flamed by a novice smart arse with a real cheap shot that does nothing to further the discussion and nothing to solve the problem of users

 

Kind Regards

MrPj2u

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Just speculating, but what I would pay attention to first is the "Clear menu order cache" option in CCleaner.

 

Since Wndows 10 start menu stores the menu order and layout in a completely different way, this particular option in CCleaner might potentially corrupt or remove the new start menu ESENT database

Hi

 

I am curious because I am unsure after I looked at the options can you advise if you meant the MUI Cache (I assume this stands for most used instruction cache)  as i is the only one mentioning the word "cache" in the list)

Alternately did you mean "Start Menu Order" as this i the only one I can find that mentions the word "menu", or are both of these settings involved, any advice appreciated. In the interim I unchecked both boxes on my Pc's

 

Kind Regards

MrPj2u

 

BTW If anyone else has some clues on this please throw your hat and your ideas in the ring for analysis (trial & error)

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JeremyGNJ

 

This thread is only about the start menu issue.

 

Please talk about your many issues in your own thread .

Is there anyone actually taking this thread seriously or has it been largely ignored by everyone including the developers?

I ask this because I don't see too much happening by way of Q & A or general discussion, news or feedback on this topic.

 

To add to our smarts pool I took time to do a full clean win 10 system rebuild, I imaged the drive then installed cCleaner

I then unchecked the option boxes for MUI Cache, & Start Menu Order, the system, plus cCleaner performed flawlessly.

 

I then reinstated the option boxes for MUI Cache, & Start Menu Order, and reran cCleaner the problem was replicated

I ran out of time to find out which one is the culprit MUI Cache or Start Menu Order are these options being investigated

 

Anyone want to explain those options in detail, what they affect, why they're there why they are default & when to disable

 

Kind Regards

MrPj2u

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rest assured the Devs would have read these posts.

they just don't usually respond, very rarely in fact, unless more info is requested by them.

 

but in a nutshell, don't clean the registry with CC (or anything else for that matter) until Windows 10 settles down with the Builds and CC has a chance to catch-up.

 

and as has been stated already in previous posts and in other threads, even though CC's reg cleaner is deemed to be one of the least aggressive, any playing around with the registry is dangerous.

 

the good news for others is that you have identified to two culprits causing this reaction of cleaning the registry.

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Hi

 

For those interested after putting a new Win 10 enterprise image on my system and deselecting both "MUI Cache" plus "Start Menu Ordering" option in the registry section of cCleaner ir worked flawlessly for over 3 months

Just for the hell of it I re-select both items & presto when I run cCleaner my start menu was wrecked. I have done no further work to isolate which one it is.suffice to say it is one or the other or both so I deselect, & re-image

System is up & running does anyone else want to have a poke at this? Should the developer deselect those options by default & invoke a caveat emptor for those wishing to experiment with them on their windows 10 Box?

 

 

Kind Regards

MrPj2u

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Good topic. My issue definitely started after I ran the "Cleaner" section (no the Registry section). The comments I've seen here about being able to run without issue was based on unchecking Start Menu Ordering and MUI Cache under Registry.

 

So does running the "Cleaner" section also run Registry? I don't see an option to use the "Cleaner" section but uncheck Start Menu Ordering and MUI Cache options under that section. Just seems like there is a disconnect here. Some option(s) within the "Cleaner" section must be causing this issue on Windows 10 machines. 

 

Apprehensive about running "Cleaner" section again for fear of losing my start menu. Suggestions?

 

Thank you!

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