Is a tricky area. I don't think it was that good to begin with so I install Classic Start.
Frankly, since I can't guess if you installed some better start button app like Classic Start, I can't guess if that's the issue here.
malware is bad stuff. Maybe the 13 software apps is a small price to pay for the malware removal?
My 1 year old Lenovo laptop (running on Windows 8.1) recently picked up Bontio/Pokki malware via an update to the browser bar.
After a full scan, my McAfee software did not detect this Bontio software.
As I went through the 'Uninstall programs' option (via Contol Panel) to remove two very recent Bontio/Pokki installations, a dialog box popped up 'warning' that removal of the program would also remove the Start Menu. Thinking this was just a prohibitive, pre-programmed empty threat, I opted to continue with the removal/uninstalling. After rebooting my laptop, the Start Menu no longer appears (on the Taskbar, or anywhere else).
I took a look at PC Settings / Update & Recovery and found the option 'Refresh your PC without affecting your files', but this will involve reinstalling 13 software applications. I'm sure there must be a more simple way to recover my Start Menu & icon.
Can anyone advise me on how I return a fully functional Start Menu to my taskbar?
All useful advice & instructions will be appreciated.