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This is how you do it :
To boot to Safe Mode:
From Hold the Shift key down while you press the Power icon and select Restart.
Once you are within the Windows Recovery Environment, select Troubleshoot, then Advanced options, then Startup Settings, and Restart.
When it restarts, you should see a number of options. Press 5 or F5 for Safe Mode with networking.
Once you sign into your account in Safe Mode, you’re done. Just restart your PC to return to a normal boot.
If you are running a 3rd-party antivirus software, we recommend uninstalling and then reinstalling the antivirus software, as this may also provide a workaround for this problem. The easiest way to uninstall an app is to find it in the Start menu’s app list, right-click the app, and select Uninstall.
What really fixed the issue on my case was Uninstalling ESET anti-virus. even after the 4 steps above the issue was exactly the same, no menu and this ugly popup cortana/start menu pushing me to logout.
Once I removed the antivirus and rebooted I finally was able to click on this damn Start menu & use the rest of the Windows 10 operating system without constantly having to use the terminal or crazy shortcuts to reach parts of the system that are usually available from the start-menu.
This windows 10 is sitting on a box that is unable to host a Linux distribution, I have tested all of them, tried all the tricks to be able to boot linux on this box, no way. I'll probably go to a Linux install party with it the next time Windows 10 starts to bore me and will put a decent operating system on it.
I installed manually ArchLinux from scratch on my laptop and compared on installing (most distributions) to the office box, ArchLinux install was easy.
And now that this Cortana hell fixed I can gladly switch to my ArchLinux laptop & enjoy the best operating system on earth!