How to Repair a Corrupted Start Menu Tiles Database File


The following happened to me recently on a clean installation of Windows 10. I removed all the default Start Menu tiles from the right pane of the Start Menu. After this the right pane collapsed and didn’t appear at all. I then tried to add some of my own tiles but was unable to make the right pane work again.

It seems that for whatever reason the database holding the Start Menu tiles information got corrupted. At times I was able to add one tile to the right side but the database immediately reverted back to its original (corrupted) state. As if it was no longer possible to make any changes to it.

However, that meant that I wasn’t able to make any changes to the Start Menu’s layout whatsoever. I then tried clearing the list of newly installed apps. It got cleared and repopulated immediately.

What to do?

The easiest solution is to repair the corrupted database. To do so, you need to use DISM command line tool which stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management. Click the link to read more about DISM.

Launch the Command Prompt with elevated privileges — right-click on the icon and select More > Run as administrator from the drop-down menu.

In the Command Prompt window, run the following command:

This process will take a few minutes to complete.

After it’s done, run this next command:

Command Prompt – DISM to Repair Corrupted TileData

Your Start Menu tiles will behave as expected from now on.

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