Nothing gets me more upset than seeing a common issue that never seems to get fixed. Since Windows 10 inception I have noticed a rather odd issue that occurs about weekly where my Start Menu, all Metro (Modern) Apps, and even Internet Explorer (which is odd given its a Win32 App) locks up, freezes, and just plan stops working.
The only obvious cure had been to reboot the PC.
However through alot of trial an error have figured out a workaround to get your PC back on its feet.
- Simply open Task Manager (CTRL + SHIFT + ESC)
- Click More Details (if needed)
- Go to Details
- Locate: siHost.exe
- Right Click, End Process Tree
Note: This may need to be done twice in my testing but should always return the start menu after that second try. Many times it only takes once.
You may notice when this happens that there are the following events in the event logs:
The program ShellExperienceHost.exe version 10.0.10586.218 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Security and Maintenance control panel.
Process ID: 2290
Start Time: 01d1a082cc447ca3
Termination Time: 4294967295
Application Path: C:\Windows\SystemApps\ShellExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\ShellExperienceHost.exe
Report Id: 524e2a97-0c76-11e6-8dae-64006a80564a
Faulting package full name: Microsoft.Windows.ShellExperienceHost_10.0.10586.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy
Faulting package-relative application ID: App
Also you may see errors about SearchUI.exe