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

September 18th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

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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  1. February 1st, 2016 at 04:53 | #1


    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. quicksilver
    February 13th, 2016 at 14:43 | #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. paulmont15
    April 18th, 2016 at 00:17 | #3

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

  4. mike
    May 30th, 2016 at 09:24 | #4

    this solution worked for me . I can not thank you enough. I would buy you a keg!

  5. orio
    May 30th, 2016 at 12:32 | #5

    thanks man im prostrated on this issue

  6. eduardo
    June 8th, 2016 at 13:00 | #6

    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!

  7. Sergey Nyrkov
    June 13th, 2016 at 14:50 | #7

    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!

  8. eduardo
    June 13th, 2016 at 19:07 | #8

    @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).

  9. June 18th, 2016 at 20:38 | #9

    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

  10. Vijay
    June 22nd, 2016 at 14:19 | #10


  11. xaaz
    July 10th, 2016 at 17:56 | #11

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

  12. mona
    July 14th, 2016 at 01:51 | #12

    i am so exited; it works.
    very excellent

  13. Pedro F.
    July 26th, 2016 at 15:25 | #13

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

  14. Johan
    August 21st, 2016 at 14:42 | #14

    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!!!

  15. Liber
    August 29th, 2016 at 00:44 | #15

    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!!!!

  16. TN
    September 1st, 2016 at 12:46 | #16

    you are GENIUS!

  17. Robby
    October 5th, 2016 at 01:40 | #17

    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!

  18. multix
    December 1st, 2016 at 14:59 | #18

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

  19. Johan
    December 11th, 2016 at 01:22 | #19

    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 (http://www.acelogix.com/freeware.html) 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 (http://www.cameyo.com/) 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!

  20. December 24th, 2016 at 02:07 | #20

    My problem was soled

    Many thanks

  21. dasdas
    December 27th, 2016 at 21:06 | #21

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

  22. Adrian MJ
    January 21st, 2017 at 21:23 | #22

    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.

  23. Lisa
    February 17th, 2017 at 16:29 | #23

    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.

  24. Konstantinos
    February 21st, 2017 at 17:35 | #24

    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!

  25. Henry
    February 22nd, 2017 at 06:47 | #25

    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.

  26. March 7th, 2017 at 12:13 | #26


  27. Chris
    March 17th, 2017 at 00:33 | #27

    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…

  28. April 17th, 2017 at 21:45 | #28

    Hey Thanks very much… i would reset and loose a lot of data of mine if would not seen your post..

  29. Aums
    April 21st, 2017 at 00:11 | #29

    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

  30. Aicy
    May 9th, 2017 at 05:43 | #30

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

  31. June 8th, 2017 at 18:32 | #31

    Thank you so much !!!

  32. Rival
    June 24th, 2017 at 11:24 | #32

    I fixed as per you instructions. Thanks a lot….

  33. zhazha
    June 26th, 2017 at 21:23 | #33

    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.

  34. tanmy
    June 28th, 2017 at 23:35 | #34

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

  35. chris
    July 3rd, 2017 at 18:54 | #35

    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!

  36. david
    July 24th, 2017 at 01:31 | #36

    Thanks a million.

  37. Embi
    August 27th, 2017 at 09:10 | #37

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

  38. Gucio
    September 20th, 2017 at 17:17 | #38

    You are a genius. After couple of days looking for solution this worked like magic.

  39. September 20th, 2017 at 19:36 | #39

    Perfect Solution for start button disable error in window 10….Bravo man…Keep spreading knowledge….!! Thanx..!!

  40. Sushil Kushwaha
    October 6th, 2017 at 12:33 | #40

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

  41. archit chugh
    October 6th, 2017 at 13:40 | #41

    Awesome solution…thanks alot

  42. Yordan
    November 4th, 2017 at 17:17 | #42


    You are really genius!

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