Win+X Menu Does Not Open in Windows 10 or 11

Right-clicking Start, or pressing the Win+X key combination opens the power-user menu as in the following image:

If this menu doesn’t open or nothing happens when you use the Win+X key combination, it could be possible that the IsShortcut registry value has been removed for shortcuts (.lnk) file association. Follow both these steps to resolve the problem.

Create the IsShortcut registry value

Press WinKey + R to launch the Run dialog.

Type regedit.exe and click OK.

Go to the following branch:


In the right pane, create a REG_SZ (String value) named IsShortcut

Exit the Registry Editor.

REG File: Alternately, you can apply the .lnk registry fix at File Association Fixes Page: Windows 10 | Windows 8

(Note: If you had removed the IsShortcut value earlier to hide the shortcut overlay icon, note that there is a better and safer method to hide the overlay icon for shortcuts. Use Method 2 in the article How To Remove Or Modify The Shortcut Overlay In Windows, which applies to all versions of Windows.)

Copy Win+X Group Folders from Default Profile

Open File Explorer and explore this folder:


Rename these three folders by adding -old suffix.

  • Group1
  • Group2
  • Group3

Then, open this folder:


Copy the 3 folders to location #1 above.

Log off and login back for the changes to take effect.


There is a similar problem where 3rd party shell extension interferes with the Win+X menu. Check out Win+X Menu Shortcuts Not Working – Caused by 3rd Shell Extension and Win+X Command Prompt Admin File Association Error, and Run As Administrator Option Missing.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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