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Old 01-14-2016, 09:33 PM   #21
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Wow, reading all these comments am I very glad that my procrastinating gene took over and didn't upgrade. I have had absolutely zero issues with win 7 @ my I3 Asus laptop and I have a feeling that that's going to remain so until Microsoft stops all support for win 7. Laptops having a fairly short life expectancy it may very well die of old age before Microsoft stops win 7 support.

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Old 01-14-2016, 09:45 PM   #22
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Unfortunately, when I checked, my "tiles" service was running. It's been a week, and still no Start menu functioning.

What amazes me about the failures in Windows 10, was that, for me, they were not new features or exotic or arcane features that could conceivably have been poorly tested or missed. They were basics, like hibernation and battery management, the edge replacement for IE, and the "start" menu.

I know I will never buy another Surface Pro - for one thing, both the keyboards and the power adaptor never last more than a year. I'm on my fourth power adaptor in 3 years. I'm on my third keyboard. Both have design problems or are too fragile for average use, and both are also ridiculously expensive to replace. I've been using laptops/netbooks and computers for 3+ decades and never have I had to replace either before, much less multiple times for the same device. I have had a mac in the past, and have no major complaints, other than the expense and the interface (prefer a more direct path to the OS and the command line) so I probably would go to linux/ubuntu before a mac.

Another issue I have had with this Surface PRo is the wireless network adaptor keeps failing and I have to reboot to get it to work. I don't know if it is software or hardware. (Like the windows start button not working). But the fact that so much of these issues turn out to be software makes me reluctant to replace the surface pro with another windows computer. In a way, Microsoft reminds me of fashion designers -- they're so busy trying to make something cool, that they forget to make sure their creations are basically functional.

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Old 01-14-2016, 10:45 PM   #23
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I had the same problem months ago. The easy fix was to create a new profile and work out of it. Unfortunately, I had software that worked best out of the original profile. I tried all the suggested fixes but none worked. The consensus was it was a known problem and Microsoft was working on it. In the last month, there was an update and my start button works again. It's not the same as it was, but I can get to all my software now. As I said, the start menu isn't the same as none of the Windows 10 stuff is on it. I can probably fix it, but I don't want to take a chance that it stops working again.

My take on it is that different things can cause the start button to stop working. As Microsoft updates Windows 10, they fix some of them. I suggest you let it update system software and at some point, they'll fix the bug that caused your start button to stop working. If you nothing dependent on your non-working profile, just create a new one and delete the old one.

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Old 01-15-2016, 05:07 AM   #24
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This is what I have installed on Win 10 since day one:

Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

Absolutely no problems to date.
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:03 AM   #25
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One other fix I have seen, related to the Windows 10 Start Button issue, is to completely disable the service "tiledatamodelsvc".(as also referenced by the recent post from UtahSkier)

Open a CMD prompt. If the Start Button is frozen, you can press CTL-ALT-DEL, then click "Start Task Manager". Click "File". Then click "New Task(Run)". Type "CMD" to open the command prompt window.

type - sc stop "tiledatamodelsvc"

To keep it from starting again.....
type - sc config "tiledatamodelsvc" start= disabled

If it works well for a few weeks, you can delete the service completely.....
type - sc delete "tiledatamodelsvc"

Hope this helps someone.
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:17 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by UtahSkier View Post
I have been having this problem for a few days and am having it right now. It annoys me.

I'm a computer guy and have used windows since 1990. I decided to poke around on this problem and try a few things.

I have succeeded in restoring my start menu. Here is what I did;
1. Bring up the task manager (CTRL-ALT-DEL and select task manager)
2. Goto the services tab and sort by name.
3. Find a service named tiledatamodelsvc
4. Right-click this service and restart.
I'll have to try this next time my Start button goes AWOL...
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Old 01-15-2016, 01:18 PM   #27
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Psst. Linux (Mint 17.2).

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Old 01-15-2016, 07:48 PM   #28
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Psst. Linux (Mint 17.2).

Pretty drastic. Try jiggling it. If that don't work, try some WD-40 on it. Unsticks all manner of stuck things...

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