Windows can be infuriating at times, as each update brings its fair share of bugs, problems, and vulnerabilities. Often, important features are gone after a troublesome update, making it difficult to get the most out of your computer. So if you are looking to restore some important functionality in Windows 10, you have come to the right place. Here we will show you exactly how to restore crucial functions and user interface elements that might have been lost on your Windows 10 PC after an update gone wrong.

1.Restore missing start menu in Windows 10

The start menu does hide in tablet mode on default. To make it back, you need to change to desktop mode. To do so, first tap/click the “Notification” symbol in the right corner of the taskbar, right next to this clock.

Now switch to desktop mode by tapping / clicking on the “Tablet Mode” tile, as shown in the screenshot below.

While the above method should work in most cases, it won’t help in case the Start menu is corrupted. To fix it, you need to re-register the Start menu via PowerShell. For that, open Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and click File> Run New Task.

In the pop-up box, type “powershell.exe” (without quotes) and check the box that says “Create this task with administrative privileges.” Now press “OK”. Note that you must run PowerShell with administrator privileges for this to work.

In the PowerShell window, copy and paste the following code and press Enter:

Get-appxpackage -all * shellexperience * -packagetype bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($ _. Installlocation + “\ appxmetadata \ appxbundlemanifest.xml”)}

Finally, restart your computer and you should return to your Start menu.

2.Restore this missing recycle bin in Windows 10

The Recycle Bin is another one of those UI elements that aren’t available in tablet mode, so you can get it back by switching to desktop mode as described above. If it’s not visible yet, go to Start> Settings.

Now select”System” as viewed in the image below.

Restore the Recycle Bin in Windows 10
Now click on “Tablet mode” on the right panel and uncheck “Hide app icons on the taskbar in tablet mode”. This should restore the Recycle Bin on your desktop taskbar.

To restore the Recycle Bin icon to the desktop, go to Start> Settings as described above. Now click on “Personalization”.


Now select “Theme” on the left panel and click on “Desktop Icon Settings” towards the bottom of the window.

In the resulting pop-up window, select Recycle Bin (and other desired desktop icons) and click “Apply” or “OK” to apply the new settings.

You should now have the Recycle Bin icon on your Windows 10 desktop.

3.Restore missing search bar in Windows 10

The search bar next to the Start button can sometimes disappear due to faulty settings. To restore it, right-click on this taskbar also check Search> Show Search Box.

That’s! The search bar should be visible immediately next to the Start button.

4.Restore missing File Explorer in Windows 10

Sometimes File Explorer can also disappear, taking your entire desktop with it, including all open windows, the taskbar, the Start button, desktop icons, and more. To restore it, open Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and click File> Run New Task (as described in [1] above).

Now type “explorer.exe” (without quotes) in this popup window. Make sure to check the option to create the task with administrator privileges before pressing “OK” or Enter.

You should get your full desktop experience back immediately without the need to restart your PC

5.Restore missing taskbar in Windows 10

If you can’t see this taskbar, just check if it’s just hidden. To do that, move your mouse pointer to the bottom of your screen. If this taskbar appears, check this option that says “Lock the taskbar.” If you can’t see the option here, click on “Taskbar Settings.”

In the next window (you can also access here from Settings> Personalization> Taskbar), you will find the option to lock your taskbar. Change the option to “On” as seen in the screenshot below. You must disable “Auto-hide taskbar in desktop mode” also “Auto-hide taskbar in tablet mode.”

The taskbar can also sometimes disappear if there is a problem with File Explorer. In that case, restarting File Explorer (as described in [4] above) should fix the problem.

6.Restore lost notification area symbols in Windows 10

If the Notification Area icons at the bottom right, including the clock, volume, network, etc., disappear, they can be restored quite easily. To do this, go to “Taskbar Settings” (as described in [5] above), scroll down, also click “Turn System Icons On or Off”.

Now turn on all the icons you want in the notification area of ​​the taskbar and turn off anything you don’t want.

If this symbol needs to restore is not in this list above, go back using this back arrow in this upper left corner of your window also choose “Select which symbols appear on this taskbar.” Surely, you will find your symbol there.

7.Restore any built-in Windows tools using the System File Checker

In rare cases, the methods described above may not work, or you may want to restore functionality that cannot be easily restored. In such cases, you should run the System File Checker to see if any of the critical system files are corrupted.

To do so, first, open Task Manager described in [1] above. Now type cmd.exe and check the box that says Create this task with administrative privileges. Now hit Enter.

This should open the command prompt as seen in the screenshot below. Type the following code and press Enter

sfc /scannow

The SFC tool should automatically replace the damaged system files with the original files. It will also inform you of any such integrity breaches once you are done checking. Note that this is a core option that should restore functionality, but it will be the default version for that particular build without any customization.

Easily restore missing UI elements in Windows 10

With our previous tutorial, you can easily restore missing functions and user interface elements on your Windows 10 PC. So, if your computer is missing one or more of the familiar functions in Windows 10, try the above methods and let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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