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.
regedit.exe and click OK.
Go to the following branch:
In the right pane, create a REG_SZ (String value) named
Exit the Registry Editor.
(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.
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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