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Start menu, search option, windows defender are not responding on click. Defender gets opened and then closes.

I have tried -

Restarting windows explorer from task manager. Created other user profile. Checked safe mode. Same issue there Changed value of start under local machine which is under regedit. I can't reset this pc as my work apps are installed and I don't remember my username and password to login again if I remove them. So, looking for an alternative. Even I tried signing in Microsoft account through settings, it opens and then closes. Please suggest.

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  • What does Event Viewer say? What repair methods have you tried? Windows repair methods are well documented and you should try them for this sort of issue. May 15, 2022 at 3:48

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Start menu, search option, windows defender are not responding on click. Defender gets opened and then closes. ........ Created other user profile.

Since this issue is not the Windows User Profile, try a Windows 10 Repair Install.

Go to the Windows Media Creation Link

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Windows 10/11 is running, so click on the Download button (not Upgrade Button) and select Run. This will launch the Repair. Proceed normally answering the prompts. The default Keep prompt is to Keep Everything.

This will likely work. If not, same process and (a) Keep Data (and User Profile) but reinstall Software; and (b) Keep Nothing (back up first and Keep Nothing reinstalls Windows).

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