How to Fix Windows 10 Start Menu and Cortana can’t be Clicked after Installing Corel Draw

Yesterday, i just installed Corel Draw Applications in my Windows 10. After installation, nothing wrong happens. But today when i turn on my computer and start to work, there is an annoying problem that occurs. The Applications Start Menu in the left side of the Windows 10 can’t be clicked. And the worse part is Cortana also can’t be clicked. Because of this, i can’t open programs that i didn’t put in the Taskbar or Desktop before. After searching for some solutions, i found a really good suggestion. Thanks to Web Developer Meer for their useful post. The solution to fix this is really simple.

  1. Open Registry Editor regedit.exe by Right Click on Start Menu and type “regedit


2. Right Click on HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and click on “Permissions


3. You must have a “ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES” in “Group or User Names”. If not present then it is the ROOT OF PROBLEM

4. Click on “Add”.

5. Click on “Advanced”.

6. Click on “Find Now”.

7. You will see in the “Search Results” -> “ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES”.

8. Double click on it and in “Select Users or Groups” You will see it in “Enter the Object name to select”.

9. Click “Ok”.

10. Now you will see “ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES” in “Group or User Names:” list. Click on it.

11. Click on “Allow” -> “Read”. and Click Ok

12. Close Registry Editor. No need to restart.

13. Click on your apps All of them should be working.

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    I’ve spent 2 full days trying to solve this before I came accros your post.
    THank a lot! So pitty I cannot buy you a beer 🙂

  2. brilliant Thank you …..
    working now

    nothing suggested elsewhere on the net worked but your solution worked immediately. it may be because like you my problem was created by the installation of CorelDraw X3 and i had high hopes of getting your solution right

    thanks once again

  3. I’ve been pulling my hair out for 2 days with this problem. Thank you SOOO much for finding and sharing this.

  4. Thanky you, thank you, thank you!!!
    You saved my life!
    I spent 2 days trying to fix this problem and nothing but this worked!

    After I installed Corel X3 on Windows 10 the start menu stuck and all Windows 10 app stopped working.

    Your post is perfect and solved my problem!

    Thanks again!

  5. Great! Worked as magic.
    Thank you!

    Just wondering what else this action is opening on my computer? I mean if there is any accidental virus will get to the computer, will this permission action make my computer more vulnerable?
    If anyone knows this please answer here. Thanks!

  6. @Sergey Nyrkov

    Don’t worry, this permission will not make your computer less secure.
    It just restores the permission as it was before Corel had been installed.
    But be sure to grant just “Read” permission, regardless the screenshot where it is also shown “Full Control” permission.

    If you grant “Full Control” permission to “ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES”, you can open the door to undesired updates to the registry (like virus or malicious programs).

  7. What a great help!
    thank you so much.
    Solved the situation like magic.
    I reinstall windows twice before i knew it was corel draw causing the fuss with start and taskbar icons.
    The third time, I was already armed with this info.;-)
    Thanks again

  8. I almost lost any hope, when I found your post! Thank you very very much!!! It works for me fine.

  9. Thanks, it works. After 3 days installing, removing and installing corel x3 a solution that works.

  10. Thanks for this solution!!! Works perfect.
    It also solves the phenomena that rightclicking on the MS Word icon (at the Taskbar, right to the Windows-Start logo) doesn’t show your recently used Word documents.
    Gold Olympic medal for you!!!

  11. Thanks!!! It worked! Now the start menu and the notifications panel are working great.

    However, I STILL HAVE A PROBLEM. The Airplane mode, the bluetooth and the wifi switches are not working.

    – Airplane mode is stuck ON.
    – Wifi is stuck OFF.
    – Bluetooth is stuck ON.

    Do you have any suggestions, please?
    Thanks again!!!!

  12. Awesome! Thanks a ton. I fought with this issue all day yesterday trying all of the ‘fixes’ out there when nothing helped, and did a complete os re-install.
    Step by step restarts after each program was installed, I noticed this occured after install corel x3, and a search on that led me here.
    Can’t thank you enough for this!

  13. Thanx man! i had format 3 times and nothing. Portable trying but not working. This method is very good for me.

  14. After testing above suggestions, I am not satisfied with the suggested Registry change in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.
    Just as Liber said, it can give problems with the Airplane mode. And also, now logging on via PIN (rather than a Username/password) does not function anymore.
    I did the installation of CorelDRAW X3 on Windows 10 – 64 bit as follows:

    – Restart PC.
    – Make via RegBak ( a backup of the Registry.
    – Install (via Setup.msi and all other needed .msi-files as mentioned above) CorelDRAW X3.
    – Restore via RegBak the Registry with the previously made backup.
    – After the PC is restarted, start Cameyo ( and click on “Capture
    an installation”.
    – As soon as you see the Cameyo message “Install the software…” do a complete
    installation of CorelDRAW X3 again.
    – When the installation is finished, click in Cameyo on “Install done”.
    – A Cameyo Package will be created in User’s Documents folder.
    – After the Package has been made, restore again via RegBak the Registry with the
    previously made backup.
    – After the PC has restarted again, you can use the Cameyo Package to work with
    CorelDRAW X3.

    Following above procedure, all the needed CorelDRAW X3 program files are present on the PC, but the Registry is not affected: all the Registry stuff is now handled by the Package, thus Windows 10 still works fine.
    When needed the Package can be edited via Cameyo/Edit a package (see Cameyo Help for additional info.
    This works fine for me. Hope it will for you too!

  15. Thanks bro…. you are a genius…
    you save me from another operating system reinstall
    tks again…

  16. Oh Man~~!!!!! What de fxck??!!
    Thanks bro, your article has save my life.
    I have exactly the same problem after installing Corel Draw.
    I am seriously considering to reformat my computer and I am lucky enough to read this article before doing so.
    Thanks again.

  17. THANK YOU!!!!! This is the only solution that has worked for me. Thank you so much for sharing, I was tearing my hair out with this problem.

  18. Thank you so much!!!
    You saved my time..I spend over 2 days looking to solve this annoying problem.
    This solution works like a charm!

  19. I had reset the PC countless times and tried every solution there was available until I stumbled on this post. Now I just imagine all the resources I wasted because of lack of appropriate knowledge. And I bet this solution will be a lasting one as opposed to all the numerous nonsense I’d tried.

  20. This certainly fixed the problem for a single user, but if you have two or more user accounts set up on the pc, the other accounts are still locked. I cannot see any difference between the working user account and the non working user account in the permissions.

    Does anybody have a solution to this?

    Creating a new user account creates one that is also locked, so none of the normal solutions for a locked start menu and locked Cortana seem to work for the second user – even though the fist user works well after this fix.

    Any help would be appreciated…

  21. STUPENDOUS….. Salutations be accepted, vahn I have spent time, more than a month to be precise and money (my network data) while updating Win10, downloading all the latest updates etc. to solve this issue… contacted MS support and was advised to reinstall Win10, which I did but same results Taskbar,Cortana Start Menu not working and Voila you made it happen in just 5 mins. Fantabulous. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH

  22. Please I don’t have “ALL APPLICATION PACKEAGES” in the list on my system

  23. What if the “ALL APPLICATIONS PACKAGES” does not appear in the Group or user names options, what should be done to solve the corel x3/windows10 incompatibility?
    Losing hope here. Please help. Thanks.

  24. It’s really really nice, you are really genius, you’re honorable
    I want to give many many thanks who posted that thread. ??

  25. God bless You man… I have spend 2 days to find solution. First i didnt know that corel make menu bug and i reinstalled whole system. Beer for you!

  26. Wow i just have reinstall my pc because this, i think that problem causes virus in coreldraw installer

  27. u R GENIUS BOSS. I am suffering with this problem from last one week, thanks a lot dude… thank u very much….

  28. Hi,

    You are really genius!

  29. This used to work for me… but since the fall creators update I’m having no success getting the start menu to work again (amongst other problems) while installing on a fresh machine this week.