I recently was asked to upgrade Dell backup and recovery. When I did this the upgrade did not complete but since then the start menu is no longer working. Initially I got a critical error and was asked to restart. Since then nothing happens when I click on the start menu (just the indication for a few seconds that it does try to do something - blue ring - is showing). Also the Internet explorer icon is no longer showing in the bottom task line.
I can still right click on the start menu and get the power option but I cannot call up any apps or programs from there anymore.
How can I get the start menu with the apps and programs call running again?
The operating system is Windows 10. I had already upgraded to it last fall but not the Dell backup and recovery at that time.
The computer is a desktop (XPS 8700)
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