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Start button popup menu disappeared

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    Start button popup menu disappeared


    The start button at the lower left corner of my desktop now turns blue when I hover the mouse over it, and, more importantly, when I right click on it the popup menu no longer appears

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello JFH, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you have not already, see if restarting the PC may be able to sort it if it's just a glitch.

    If not, then you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this started may help.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    It will do that with 8.1 or if you are using Start8.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    The first thing I did was reboot the computer - no help. Since Win 8.1 does not create daily restore points (like XP) I would have to select a restore point several days ago and lose the stuff I have been trying to get loaded on this new computer. Fortunately, I found that I can bring up the popup menu by just pressing on the Windows+X keys, a minor inconvenience compared with others I'm encountering in Win 8.1.

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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    @jfh,

    Did you install any sort of 3rd party Start Menu program that could be preventing the WIN+X menu from opening normally?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    I have installed several programs on the new computer that I had on the old one. but none, as far as I know, start automatically. e.g., Revo Uninstaller, Speccy, CCleaner, Irfan View, VLC Media Player, Rainlender2. I use all of them, and rather than uninstalling any, I'd rather just keep doing the Win+X thing.
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