How to Repair StartMenu.adml? Download Now

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing StartMenu.adml files. Situations like that can occur, for example, during a software installation process. Each software program requires certain resources, libraries, and source data to work properly. Corrupted or nonexistent StartMenu.adml file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

StartMenu.adml file Group Policy Language-Specific Administrative Template. The file was developed by Microsoft for use with Windows software. Here you will find detailed information about the file and instructions how to proceed in the event of StartMenu.adml related errors on your device. You can also download StartMenu.adml file compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista devices which will (most probably) allow you to solve the problem.

For Windows Compatible with: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista

File info

General information
Filename StartMenu.adml
File extension ADML
Type System
Description Group Policy Language-Specific Administrative Template
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 57113
Oldest file 2006-11-02
MIME type application/xml

There are various types of errors related to StartMenu.adml file. StartMenu.adml file may be located in wrong file directory on your device, may not be present in the system, or may be infected with malicious software and therefore not work correctly. Below is a list of most common error messages related to StartMenu.adml file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

  • StartMenu.adml is corrupted
  • StartMenu.adml cannot be located
  • Runtime Error - StartMenu.adml
  • StartMenu.adml file error
  • StartMenu.adml file cannot be loaded. Module was not found
  • cannot register StartMenu.adml file:
  • StartMenu.adml file could not be loaded
  • StartMenu.adml file doesn't exist



Application could not be started because StartMenu.adml file is missing. Reinstall the application to solve the problem.


Problems related to StartMenu.adml can be addressed in various ways. Some methods are meant only for advanced users. If you don't have confidence in your skills, we suggest consulting a specialist. Fixing StartMenu.adml file errors should be approached with utmost caution for any mistakes can result in unstable or unproperly working system. If you have the necassary skills, please proceed.

StartMenu.adml file errors can be caused by various factors, so its is beneficial to try to fix them using various methods.

Step 1: Scan your computer for any malicious software

Virus Scan

Windows files are commonly attacked by malicious software that prevents them from working properly. First step in addressing problems with StartMenu.adml file or any other Windows system files should be scanning the system for malicious software using an antivirus tool.

If by any chance you don't have any antivirus software installed on your system yet, you should do it immediately. Unprotected system is not only a source of file errors, but, more importantly, makes your system vulnerable to many dangers. If you don't know which antivirus tool to choose, consult this Wikipedia article – comparison of antivirus software.

Step 2: Update your system and drivers.

Windows Update

Installing relevant Microsoft Windows patches and updates may solve your problems related to StartMenu.adml file. Use dedicated Windows tool to perform the update.

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "Windows Update" in the search field
  3. Choose the appropriate software program (name may vary depending on your system version)
  4. Check if your system is up to date. If any unapplied updates are listed, install them immediately.
  5. After the update has been done,restart your computer in order to complete the process.

Beside updating the system, it is recommended that you install latest device drivers, as drivers can influence proper working of StartMenu.adml or other system files. In order to do so, go to your computer or device producer's website where you will find information regarding latest driver updates.

Step 3: Use System File Checker (SFC) tool

System File Checker

System File Checker is a Microsoft Windows tool. As the name suggests, the tool is used for identyfing and addressing system file related errors, including those related to StartMenu.adml file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the StartMenu.adml file with properly working version. To use the tool:

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "cmd" in the search field
  3. Locate "Command Prompt" result – don't run it yet:
  4. Click the right mouse button and select "Run as Administrator" option
  5. Type "sfc /scannow" in console prompt to start the program and follow the instructions

Step 4: Restoring Windows system

Windows Recovery

Another approach is to restore system to previous state, before the StartMenu.adml file error occured. In order to restore your system, follow the instructions below

  1. Go to the Windows "Start" menu
  2. Type "System Restore" in the search field
  3. Start the system restore tool – it's name may differ depending on version of the system
  4. The application will guide you through the process – read the messages carefully
  5. After the process has finished, restart your computer.

If all the above-mentioned methods failed and the StartMenu.adml file problem has not been resolved, proceed to the next step. Remember that the following steps are intended only for advanced users.

Download and replace StartMenu.adml file

The last solution is to manually download and replace StartMenu.adml file in appropriate folder on the disk. Select file version compatible with your operating system and click the "Download" button. Next, go to your web browser's "Downloaded" folder and copy the downloaded StartMenu.adml file.

Go to the folder where the file should be located and paste the downloaded file. Below is the list of StartMenu.adml file example directory paths.

  • Windows 10: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
  • Windows 8.1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
  • Windows 8: 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
  • Windows 7: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
  • Windows Vista: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\

If the steps did not solve your StartMenu.adml file problem, you should consult a professional. A probability exists that the error(s) might be device-related and therefore should be resolved at the hardware level. A fresh operating system installation might be necessary – a faulty system installation process can result in data loss.

File versions list

Filename StartMenu.adml
System Windows 10
File size 57113 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 c76ed690c8c710dbdd9f0652dff061af
SHA1 b5b2ef7111b3d5c09d1a7810e509259c88312dc6
SHA256 53622bf86d0259421e2705ae9028db7a94e3344a209102782bebfb68c1fb4007
CRC32 e31ba3f2
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename StartMenu.adml
System Windows 8.1
File size 54118 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 41f89434f7fd242c4772afb8152909bd
SHA1 bcc3fc1a4cae549d934ac9c18c61e4c956e275b7
SHA256 030e413af912ffcbfdb98b2e96a898b6826f7653c1ed021f4ceedcc7b8c2127e
CRC32 040c8e34
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename StartMenu.adml
System Windows 8
File size 48923 bytes
Date 2012-07-26
File details
MD5 389c67e8a9acc95c942161a1bccc7afe
SHA1 f15b5f0ce1c283d27abeb9f19b1fdc6d8c765c78
SHA256 ec436456697a229021c04f14e0284a852b5618ac4ec16c62f42c7b704c93fe33
CRC32 72ec0b89
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename StartMenu.adml
System Windows 7
File size 42644 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 9ed130faa24bb42ab7fa5570878d4325
SHA1 d32a657aae05b6573c3b0d4f5607b2d169f98d6f
SHA256 6552816fb17c28c3fe1dbdcaa21906ea21d6a4e1606d34349c6c2dd285406e42
CRC32 e8d6dc43
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\
Filename StartMenu.adml
System Windows Vista
File size 37700 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 4090ce4a3a61b13d07ef80a7fc6acc26
SHA1 acbcddc5b744230a611becb6b323121869098e24
SHA256 0cb2edc04a360dda0f162dc5b6746c6448653c03aead304937c8e016f9ebaa39
CRC32 d487074e
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\