I have the Windows 10 start menu not closing after clicking on an certain kind of app to start:

start menu closes after I start 'Windows terminal' (from Microsoft store), 'Microsoft store' and document shortcuts, but not with other apps. I also remarked that started apps at appearing in the background, behind existing apps.

Right click with the Windows key, however do work: I start the app with win key down, when I release the win key, the start menu closes.

I tried:

sfc /scannow
dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

and re-register the start menu with

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

I installed and removed ExplorerPatcher 22621.2506.60.1, it was not helpful to remove the problem.

In HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop I have ForegroundFlashCount at 7, and ForegroundLockTimeout at 200000 (default).

I reinstalled Windows (keeping app and user data): no resolution.

I created a new local account, the problem of "start menu not closing at starting non-store apps" was gone.

From this, I understand that it's a user configuration problem, not a Windows problem.

I managed to reproduce the problem from another account, by importing the registry


The content is here: https://github.com/mprevot/SO/blob/main/StartLayout.reg

I use Windows 10 Enterprise 22h2 19045.3758. Until recently I had no problem (KB5032278 may be causing this).

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    What other windows shell applications do you have other than Explorer Patcher? I would start by uninstall Explorer Patcher to eliminate that is the cause of this behavior.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 6, 2023 at 18:53
  • @Ramhound I added explorerpatcher just before posting, hoping it would help. I do not have it, it is not causing the problem. What do you call a shell application ? explorer patcher is not a shell script (cmd, powershell), so I am confused.
    – Soleil
    Dec 6, 2023 at 19:03
  • Anything that interfaces with File Explorer, in other words, any application like Explorer Patcher.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 6, 2023 at 19:07
  • If ExplorerPatcher was installed on the computer, it might have left behind a bad patch of Windows. My advice is to do Do a Repair Install of Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade to get things back to a known state.
    – harrymc
    Dec 6, 2023 at 19:39
  • @harrymc No, again, I had the problem BEFORE installing explorerpatcher. No, this does not seems appropriate, there must be something more fine grained (I tried a few, without success).
    – Soleil
    Dec 6, 2023 at 19:44

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It's impossible to know what has gone wrong with your Windows setup. Even strong-arm methods, such as Repair Install, have not fixed the problem. The remaining solutions as far as I can see are:

  • User profile corruption : Create a new user profile and check if it shows the same problem. If it does not, then move your files to the new profile and abandon the corrupted one.

  • Complete re-installation : Format the hard disk and install your applications, settings and data.

  • Abandon Microsoft's Start Menu : Install a third-party Start menu app. My favorite is the free and open-source Open-Shell, but there exist other alternatives.

  • Point 1 is good, and indeed the start menu problem is not present (antoher problem however is here: I can't move tiles). Points 2 and 3 are not solutions.
    – Soleil
    Dec 9, 2023 at 10:41
  • Profile corruption is almost impossible to analyze, but it's good that you did the Repair Install after ExplorerPatcher. For moving the files : Could you add to your post the commands used and the errors, and let me know.
    – harrymc
    Dec 9, 2023 at 10:44
  • I wrote that I can't more the tiles, not the files.
    – Soleil
    Dec 9, 2023 at 11:04
  • If you wish to restore the Start menu, see for example this article.
    – harrymc
    Dec 9, 2023 at 11:09
  • I have the feeling your are giving random pieces of advice, or that you do not understand the problem or the piece of advice. Reseting the layer won't solve the functions of the start menu.
    – Soleil
    Dec 9, 2023 at 12:04

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