StartMenu.admx - How to Fix? Download Now

Sometimes Windows system displays error messages regarding corrupted or missing StartMenu.admx 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.admx file can therefore effect in failed execution of the started process.

StartMenu.admx file Windows Group Policy Language-neutral. 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.admx related errors on your device. You can also download StartMenu.admx 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.admx
File extension ADMX
Type System
Description Windows Group Policy Language-neutral
Program Windows 10
Software Windows
Author Microsoft
Software version 10
File size 33099
Oldest file 2006-11-02
MIME type application/xml

There are various types of errors related to StartMenu.admx file. StartMenu.admx 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.admx file. If you encounter one listed below (or similar), please consider the following suggestions.

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



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


Problems related to StartMenu.admx 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.admx 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.admx 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.admx 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.admx 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.admx 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.admx file. After an error related to%fileextension% file has been discovered, the program attempts to automatically replace the StartMenu.admx 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.admx 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.admx 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.admx file

The last solution is to manually download and replace StartMenu.admx 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.admx file.

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

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

If the steps did not solve your StartMenu.admx 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.admx
System Windows 10
File size 33099 bytes
Date 2017-03-18
File details
MD5 420712fbb171ca10986d2ae32dd2e694
SHA1 66d61bd54fd0f2b961f2a1bd94a19069ff5b51a0
SHA256 fe5792f9741d84a6e368fa75c90ce67203bf22957421f244faf199c9509fbd1f
CRC32 836e5375
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename StartMenu.admx
System Windows 8.1
File size 31220 bytes
Date 2014-11-21
File details
MD5 1b3e0725df0e701224b9aedf574f5ba1
SHA1 352b8833532aa11de7d38e4d5b1c43c6a8237eb6
SHA256 c72a9daf9d0c2a95f806f75bc68d8fef9924a0d1f4d74d2b38946117324265d8
CRC32 db03e2b1
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename StartMenu.admx
System Windows 8
File size 27178 bytes
Date 2012-06-02
File details
MD5 8ae95b91c5fab09e2ed405a055d93761
SHA1 31e7a028cca0e3e161ade33a450662a1c6f67801
SHA256 5bc27887a207c90d6f5159e66fa343caeb616bcdd1e4bdfd57c439bd48414407
CRC32 f6be9399
Example file location 1: C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename StartMenu.admx
System Windows 7
File size 25663 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 f5699a1647063e8576a212d532d92442
SHA1 603767eeeb64a83a470c848130dbb8d4e39c27e8
SHA256 4ef62ab085a6306ebb7f456354bb86dd0303af85b37c1d54bfa0f8072653b791
CRC32 e325e6cd
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\
Filename StartMenu.admx
System Windows Vista
File size 21332 bytes
Date -0001-11-30
File details
MD5 4bc0b06bbfc6b9af461b0ef5a9df837b
SHA1 c9dc1e2e899df3824abb591ef06eaaeef7006c89
SHA256 dd4737458c2f492cfdb4404c94d9930063ffaa5ac23341b0e25c03dd1b976629
CRC32 232c11de
Example file location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\