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  • Symptoms (Windows 10):

    • Startmenu & Notification area won't open
    • Right click on any of the icons in my taskbar doesn't do anything
    • Many Windows apps don't work
    • The "Loading" cursor flashes like crazy from time to time (especially when trying to interact with the taskbar)
    • Adding a different user account seems impossible:
      • CMD: adding a user works fine, however I cannot log into the account
      • UI: adding a new user doesn't work at all. A window opens and closes again.
    • The Microsoft Taskbar troubleshooter detects the following problem, however seems to be unable to fix it (even when run as administrator):

"Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost" and "Microsoft.Windows.Cortana" applications need to be installed correctly.

  • I have already tried:
    • Adding a new user account
    • Some user (who had the exact same problems) fixed it by setting a different default monitor, however I don't have a second monitor and I never had one, so this should not be the cause
    • Deleting C:/Users/name/AppData/Local/TileDataLayer
    • Repairing windows
      • running sfc /scannow
      • running dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
      • running dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
      • reparing the system via CTRL+ALT+DEL -> SHIFT + Restart -> repair didn't work either.
      • this ps script:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}<

Get-appxpackage -all shellexperience -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + “\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

If you have any idea how to fix this, please help.

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Tweaking.com has a nice program called "Windows Repair" (http://www.tweaking.com/files/setups/tweaking.com_windows_repair_aio_setup.exe), which was able to solve the issue for me. I still don't know, what caused it.

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    Welcome to Super User! Please read How do I recommend software for some tips as to how you should go about recommending software. You should provide at least a link, some additional information about the software itself, and how it can be used to solve the problem in the question. – DavidPostill Oct 16 '16 at 20:28

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