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Pin to Start Menu missing for some shortcuts

Q: Pin to Start Menu missing for some shortcuts

Some short cuts won't let me pin to start menu (Some do some don't so it's not system wide). So I right click on All Programs, Left click on open all users. Drag the shortcut to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu. It still won't show up at the top
of my start menu. It only shows up at the top of all programs. In XP this was so ez. Any body know how to do this in windows 7?

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A: Pin to Start Menu missing for some shortcuts

Ok found my answer here
Apparently for some reason MS decided that any shortcut (or application) with the following strings in it should NOT be pinnable
Documentation Help Install More Info Read me Read First Readme Remove Setup Support What's New
I wonder why? XP allows this no prob on the start menu. it seems SHIFT-CLICK allows an override for the Start Menu but the Task Bar is not overrideable.
Luckily there is a simple workaround. make a shortcut to it and call it 'PinMe' or anything else that doesn't use a forbiddenden bad PIN word.

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So I believe I got one of those system restore viruses. It hid my desktop icons as well as mostly all my computer files. I restarted my computer in safe mode and ran Malwarebytes. It found the infection and removed it. I then restarted the computer and since I just thought my icons were hidden, I started manually unhiding my whole disk drive(just mass selected and unchecked hidden). I then read up on the virus and found the program unhide which should work for me. I ran the program, but it did not restore all my desktop icons and while the start menu->all programs has all the folders, it has no icons.

I then figured I would try a system restore. This hung at the shutdown and restoring screen but just said restore initializing. I rebooted and the virus was back...so I ran Malwarebytes again to remove it. Then ran unhide and again it did not restore my shortcut icons in the start menu folders.

I checked my temp/smtmp and it has the 1 and 4 folder. 4 has nothing and 1 has the folders but no icons or shortcuts.
Is there any way to get them back or do I have to add them back in manually?

A:Missing Start Menu Shortcuts

Hello, see post 2 here

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I finally upgraded from Win7 to Win10 and much to my dismay, most of my fears are coming to fruition.
In this topic is a more general odd issue. As per the title, the start links (Documents to Videos) all come up as "Missing Shortcut".
After about a minute or so, it changes to the "Problem with Shortcut"

For Videos, I clicked the "Delete it" option and it completely removed it.
I have tied many combinations of turning on/off the links in settings and restarting to no avail.
Also, thefolder in appdata it refers to does not exist under any profile.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated, I'd rather not fill up the Tiles area with these links when they could be there vice blank space.

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Hi guys,

I recently removed the Windows 7 Recovery virus, but now a bunch of my start menu shortcuts are just empty folders (no shortcut to Word/Excel for example). Any idea of a quick fix without having to recreate them all by going into program files?

A:Solved: Start menu shortcuts missing after virus cleanup

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Yesterday I contracted the Windows Recovery virus on my Windows 7 64-bit laptop. I followed the instructions in your topic about this virus. I killd.exe the virus, ran MalwareBytes, then unhide.exe. This was excellent and I thank you all for recovering my computer! After a few reboots, though, I am still not able to see my usual shortcuts to programs in the Start Menu. The folders are there for all my items, but they are <empty> when you click to expand them. I could use some help. I think some of my desktop items are also missing, but I cannot be sure. Let me know what information you would like to have and I'll rush to provide it.


A:Start Menu Shortcuts missing after Windows Recovery Virus Fixed

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Hi all,

First off let me express my thanks for all of your hard work and generosity =) I know you must realize what a help you provide to the anti-malware community, but I wanted to let you know.

For the record:

32-bit, Vista, Firefox

My problem started with the System Check bug. Pop-ups for anti-virus software were taken care of by MalwareBytes, but the System Check icon, along with alerts of low disk space, "Infected Computer!", missing start menu shortcuts, and Google redirects, remained. RKill + MalwareBytes took care of the alerts (along with a few other bugs that had snuck on since the last time I cleaned the ol' 'puter out), but constant Google redirect problems, along with a System Check icon on my desktop, and missing shortcuts, remain. (For the record, after running RKill and MalwareBytes, the System Check icon on the desktop changed..)

TDSSKiller seemed to be of no help. A second, more comprehensive scan found a number of "suspicious" files, but I get the feeling none were actually malicious, and wasn't advised to remove any of them anyway.

Please find attached my DDS log along with TWO gmer logs. I had some trouble running gmer. Vista bluescreened me the first time, then rebooted; the second scan (ark.txt) seemed too quick, so I ran it again (ark02.txt) and got different results.

Once again, thank you for your help, if you are able to provide any. And if not, then for even reading this, and the good you do in general =)

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A:Google redirecting - possibly "System Check" bug, missing start menu shortcuts

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We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.NOTE:... Read more

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Hi there,

Im currently using windows 7 & recently I havent been able see any programs in the first view of the start menu, whereas before I had a couple of shortcuts pinned to it, but i cant see any of them. Also I cant see any open programs in the taskbar, hence have to use task manager to switch between different open programs. The picture below shows what im seeing, there's a few programs open but i cant see any of them.
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If someone could help me with this, I would really appreciate it.


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Two Win7 computers
[1] 32-bit
[2] 64-bit

On [1] Win7 32bit
- to add a short cut to Notepad.EXE file
Start > RClick > New Shortcut
Browse to "C:Windows\Notepad.EXE" file etc
... shortcut runs the EXE file
... I run primary shortcuts with WinKey > number 0 to 9

On [2] Win7 64bit
- add a short cut to Notepad.EXE file
Start > RClick > New Shortcut
Browse to "C:Windows\Notepad.EXE" file etc
- shortcut on Start is created as a menu ... (I am not clicking on the "New Folder" on context menu)
- the menu contains Recent Items
- to run the EXE file I have to "Click" the menu name,
*** WinKey > number only opens the menus side list

In 32-bit I can also add folders/shortcuts to Start menu at ...
C:\Users\<Computer name, eg Owner>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

But where would that be in 64-bit ?
Or am I missing something ?

Would appreciate any help

Both PC have Classic Start Menu
- maybe my question should be directed to "Classic Start Menu" ??

A:Shortcuts to EXE on Start menu Win7 64-bit, converts to menu


I should have looked before burdening this forum ...

Is a setting in "Classic Start Menu" that I had wrong

Classic Start Menu > Start > RClick > Settings > General Behavior
[ ] Enable jump lists .... DISABLED

Problem solved

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Is there no way to add shortcuts in a folder to vista? We have around 25 microsoft programs and we want to make a 'microsoft' folder and place them all together, but everytime we try it won't let us paste them in We also have a ton of gateway and epson links that we need to consolidate. What's the trick?

A:Start menu shortcuts

There's a few ways of doing this, but for me, the easiest seems to be to create the folder and shortcuts on the desktop and then drag them to where you want them. You can create the folder first and then move each shortcut, or fill the folder and drag the whole thing. You occasionally need to perform an action (like renaming a folder in the Start menu) twice because some shortcuts are only in one account while others are in that account and also in the All Users account. That is why moving a folder sometimes leaves a copy of the folder and some of the shortcuts behind. That one then needs to be moved, too.

The Start menu can become a nightmare very easily. I consolidate my shortcuts in such a way that no single column ever gets taller than the page. Moving shortcuts makes them stay behind when something is uninstalled of course (Your Uninstaller leaves these behind---Smarty Uninstaller searches for all of them but is correspondingly slower because of it. OrphansRemover is a useful tool for finding and removing dead shortcuts, as is chklinks.exe in the Resource Tools.)

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I've installed some software that runs on the Desktop. On Windows earlier than 8, it installs some shortcuts in its part of the start menu that run various configuration programs. When you want to reconfigure the software you click the start menu, find the entry/folder for the software then click the shortcut for the required configuration program.

But these shortcuts do not actually run an exe file. Looking at their properties, their targets are actually of the form (for example):

C:\Windows\SysWOW64\rundll32.exe "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\ff_vfw.dll",configureVFW

and the shortcut name is simply "VFW configuration".

On Windows 8 of course there is no start menu. So what is the easiest way I can run these shortcuts in Windows 8 ?

A:Run shortcuts that are under the start menu

You can install a Start Menu replacement, Strardock Start8 is 5 bucks, Windows Classic Shell is free:

Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

You could probably create a shortcut for this on the Desktop, then pin it to the Taskbar - If you don't want to install the 3rd party software. You can add the switches like so, I;m not quire sure what to do about the "" you can always experiment with it, or alter the shortcut after it is on the desktop:

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UPDATE: See Edwin's method in Post #4 for IE it is much easier than mine. But for other browsers use this method.

Since you cannot just drag and drop a shortcut to a web site into the app menu the way I do it is to create a short cut on my desktop then copy it into the start menu:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

You?ll need admin privileges to do this. Then open the start menu and put the mouse pointer on it, right click and select pin to start. If you want to do this for all users use this path:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

You can create a folder just for there shortcuts or just let them stand on their own. Be aware that if you ever delete the folder and or the shortcut then the pinned short(s) will cease to work.

A:How to Pin IE Shortcuts to Start Menu

Why not go to it's location in the All Apps(Windows Accessories) right click on it and pin it to the start menu?

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I can't pin shortcuts to start menu , i tried drag and drop , but it won't let me. I also don't have a "Start Menu' tab in taskbar properties.

A:Can't add shortcuts to start menu

Neither can I. I want to have all of the programs and folders that I had in Win on my start menu (classic shell).

How to get something like this one?

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Ok, having some strange problems..

On one profile I'm missing the start menu. I can access task manager with CTRL+ALT+DELETE, but I don't get any user names for the process'

On another profile there is a start menu but I just get an hourglass when I mouse-over it.

A:Missing Start Menu / Unable to access Start Menu (XP home)

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So here's the deal.
I like the Library feature of Win7, I really do. But recently I have finished completely reorganizing all my files to perfection; keeping them on a separate partition, I no longer have a need for libraries because each type of file is organized in one main folder (all documents in Documents etc.), and I was wondering if I can modify the shortcuts on the Start Menu to point to these folders instead of Libraries:

I would take no issue with using Libraries if it were not for all that extra space that it uses in the Explorer window

It gets in the way of my work much more often that I'd like to, so I'd appreciate any tips on tweaking this.

EDIT: OMG did I actually post in the wrong section? Sorry 'bout that, I didn't notice xD

A:Start Menu (Libraries) Shortcuts?

go to start, right-click on documents, select props, then 'include a folder'
so thats all

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Using Win 8 and had the iobit start menu installed for a few months.
The other day two game links appeared at the top of it. I hadn't successfully downloaded anything that day (I'd tried to download Caliber but it had failed due to a connection interruption, so not sure where they came from.
Tried searching the words that appear in them but one phrase is too common: "Start Your Adventure Now!" and the other doesn't exist as an exact phrase anywhere in search results - "Arouse Your Fighting Instinct!"
I've run several spyware detection programs (including Malwarebytes, JRT, Spybot - old hat I know, as well as Windows Defender) and nothing is found
I'm not stuoid enough to left-click the shortcuts, but the right-click menu brings up two items: unpin from start menu, and "create a new group" with a small blue folder icon to the left.
I have a screengrab but can't see how to add it.

A:Odd game shortcuts in start menu

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I have Windows XP Pro, sp2.

When you click Start you can highlight Programs (in the classic view). When you highlight Programs, up pops a menu showing all the programs you have installed. These names are essentially shortcuts. I'd like to be able to write to this menu. Can somebody please tell me how to do this?


A:How to write shortcuts to the Start Menu

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when I click on start, and then click on the my computer shortcut or the control panel shortcut to the right, it says "this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the folder options control panel". Ive already been to folder options in the control panel
a million times and marked everything but it doesn't seem to work. luckily, I already had a my computer shortcut and had the "show control panel in my computer" option checked before the problem happened. The problem started after I installed and then uninstalled flyakiteosx. YOUR ANSWERS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! oh yeah, I am running xp sp3 if that helps any, and yes I have modded my pc.

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Shortcuts dissappeared pin menu shows up but won't pin after running Cobain backup ths occurred ,
Tried several restore points with no success. No infection.

A:Cannot repin start menu shortcuts

I'd start with the System File Checker. If no help, we'd go from there.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

A Guy

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I have attached a screen shot of the issue I have, recently after installing a new programs and going to the start menu to use it, it only shows the relevant folder only but not the shortcuts. This is really troublesome and hope to get some help.

A:Start menu shortcuts not working

What program or programs did you install?

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For some reason whenever I try to remove shortcuts from the start menu (by right click>remove from this list), it doesn't do anything. It used to work, but I did something (I don't remember what I did, sorry. I think I did something in the Control Panel maybe?) and now it doesn't work. Can anyone help me?

By shortcuts I mean the icons that are created when you use/install a program, I don't know what it's called. It works for the ones that I pinned there, but not the others

A:Start Menu shortcuts won't delete

Hi xxorianna

Take a look at the link below

Recent Programs - Turn On or Off

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Occasionally when I install programs, they create permanent shortcuts in the MRU area of the Start Menu.
Normally I can delete them by deleting the original icon (in All Programs) and making a new one to replace it.

Scumbag companies (e.g. EPSON, Samsung) seem to have "wised up" to this tactic and now it is impossible to remove certain icons.
When you make a replacement icon, the permanent MRU icon returns.

Does anyone know which Reg Keys to delete/edit to eliminate this blight?

A:Start Menu Shortcuts - Permanent MRU!

Try this, right click on the Start menu or Windows orb and...

Of course this will clear the MRU's.

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I am operating XP Home Edition and the start menu button and desktop shortcut icons have vanished.. all that I have on my screen is the wallpaper.

I am only able to access anything via task manager

I have run AVG Virus software, Registry Mechanic with no success

I have also tried system restore, however all prior restore points have also vanished

Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:Start Menu and Destop Shortcuts GONE

PS I have also tried accessing explorer via taskmanager with no luck

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A month ago, I upgraded my OS from Vista to Win 7. I'm trying to clean up my Start Menu. I have other folders merged in with my All Programs folder (Downloads Folder, Documents Folder, etc) I just want the programs that are listed in the /Windows/Start Menu folder to show. So how can I correct this?

Please help.


A:Start Menu - All Programs (Shortcuts)

The 'All Users' Start menu is located on your disk at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.

The User Start menu is located C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.

You can type both paths of either into the Explorer Address Bar to access these folders. Note the User Start menu is your user name. You can remove any items you wish, or try to merge the two start menu sets.

Best Wishes,

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How I can edit start menu short cuts without any additional program?
I want that Office 2010 will be the same arrangement at start menu with the arrow and mouse overlay as on my other pc.
It should look like the “first steps” you can see in the following picture.
I think I forgot to mark the box at this installation.

So the path looks from “first steps”
%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\OobeFldr.dll,ShowWelcomeCenter LaunchedBy_StartMenuShortcut

A:How to edit shortcuts at start menu???

Hello Fred,

This tutorial can show you how to add and remove shortcuts from the Start Menu.

Start Menu All Programs - Add or Delete Shortcuts

However, I think that you may be wanting to right click on your Office 2010 shortcut(s) (not folder) and use Pin to Start Menu to have it in the same location as your screenshot though.

If you wish to create custom Jump Lists (arrow menu as in your screenshot) for the Office 2010 pinned shortcuts, then this will help show you how to.

Jumplist Launcher - Create Custom Jump Lists

Hope this helps some,

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My computer was recently infected with a virus that hid all shortcuts on my computer, among other things. I've cleaned out the virus, but my interface still isn't completely fixed. Normally, when I open the start menu, I see "Computer", "Control Panel", "Music" and other things. However, only the "Computer" shortcut appears now.

Do I have to add these shortcuts manually somehow?

A:Vital shortcuts in the Start menu are gone

I fixed it myself, something had happened to my Start menu settings.

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Anyone found a way to add shortcuts to the start menu?

You can't add shortcuts directly to the folder.
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

A:Solved: Add shortcuts to start menu

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Laugh if you will, I guess I deserve it.

When it comes to the start menu I have always been anal about how I like it arranged. The order that Microsoft puts these shortcuts has always baffled me so in XP I have always dragged and dropped them in an order that made more sense to me and I pretty much had it down.

Well I did the same thing with Vistas start menu last night and today I see that many are AWOL. I realize I could go dredging through windows explorer and seek each one out creating shortcuts to the desktop and then drag them all into their appropriate folders within the start menu, but I can't help but think there is an easier way. I would one happy camper if I could just get it back to the original state at this point.

I tried activating the 'guest' user and seeing if they would be there but no such luck...many were still missing. In XP I knew where to find the start menu folder as well, but for the life of me I can't find it here in Vista.

OK, so once you stop cracking up do you think you might find it in your hearts to help me out here?

A:Restoring Start Menu Shortcuts

Have you tried a system restore point?

An easier way to arrange them in Alphabetical order is too right hand click on one of the folders and press Sort by name

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With MSWinXP2, prior could do a Start/OpenAllUsers/Program and click on menu File/New/Shortcut to add new shortcuts for all users as the administrator. Now, everything is greyed out except CLOSE and the FILE option does not even appear. Been looking on the Net and all knowledge bases for over 6 hours to no avail. Best I can figure, there is some security feature "bit" that was set to prevent users in public environments from changing the Start Menu program selections. The best I can figure is it has to do with the Group Policies in the System.Adm arena; but, I just got XP for the first time (Jan2008) and MS documentation is typically cryptic when available at all. I tried from an MSDos command to use gpedit.msc and was not able to find the hidden "bit" to reset. I AM able to cut and paste links (shortcuts - .lnk) amoung the AllUsers Start Menu selections, to edit them (make them for other programs the manual way), and even to manually create the links. It was so much easier when all I needed to do was right-click on File to select New to select Shortcut and walk through the link set up wizzard. Yes, the HCR\.lnk\ShellNew\Command in the Registry shows AppWiz.Cpl,NewLinkHere %1 as I understand it should. Help......

A:Cannot create start menu shortcuts with XP

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Righto, so, for the fir... Actually the secondth time in my entire existence I've been unable to solve my own problems via the use of google, this of course is quite the devastating blow and my pride is still bleeding, but I accept that even google isn't perfect. My personal disaster aside, I need your help.

The problem occurred yesterday, in the following manner.

I did a critical update via Windows 7s own update manager and of course I paid no attention to the contents. My computer turns on, on it's own, at 7:20 as always, and I log in, realizing now that all my icons are invisible, and my start menu is unavailable. This bugs me, so I figured it might be the explorer.exe process even though I don't see how that can be as the icons in essence are still there, or their text is, and the start bar is also there, it's just not very functional without the start menu. Regardless, I shut down the explorer.exe process and reboot it via the use of task manager. No effect. I pull out some hair that I wasn't using anyways and sigh deeply, muttering to my self as I do a system restore that sets me back 2 days. As you may have guessed, this left me almost bald, or in other words, it did nothing.

At this point I start googling like my life depended on it. See my computer is a year old, and it came with windows Vista, of which I was no big fan, and I bought my windows 7 via microsoft and simply upgraded it, and reformatting would force me to reacquire EVERYTHING, which I'm sure is a prob... Read more

A:Shortcuts and start menu went POOF.

Hello Buiscki,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Filling in your system specs through the User CP would be helpful.

I'd give this a try. SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Hope this helps.


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Hey guys, in the midst of trying to remove bloatware I have been removing bloatware and its shortcuts from the start menu and respective folders. However, I am running into a snag. There was a wildtangent games folder installed with a bunch of games. I remove everything associated with it, but there are still links in the start menu. I checked the start menu folders and I cannot find the links and whenever I click open file location it brings up the came browser and it shows a bunch of blank links. Pics are attached.

A:Removing shortcuts won't remove from start menu

Hello Surgikill,

Since these are games, using the method in the tutorial below to delete them from the Games Explorer folder may be able to get rid of them for you.

Games Explorer Folder - Delete a Game - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hope this helps,

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I had an installed Vista, I wanted to move it to my new hdd. After some problems I had with norton ghost I decided to install a new copy and forget the old one. The installation was done without problems. Then I moved all my documents (the whole user folder) including the start menu etc. I thought it shouldn't be a problem because the drive name, the drive letter, the folder names everything is just the same as it was on the old system.
Appearently it is not the case: all the start menu links are broken now. The calculator, welcome center, windows update etc. Everything in the start menu just simply does nothing.
After some investigation I found they might be symbolic links and I just copied the files maybe not in administrator mode so they are not linked properly or something like that.
Unfortunately I already deleted the previous files so I have no chance to try it again with admin privilages.

Is there any way to recover the original windows installed start menu files or link them to the proper windows component?
I couldn't change the target of the links as in the previous windows versions

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The problem: All the shortcuts from “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs” have disappeared from my start menu. The ones from C:\Documents and Settings\<current user>\Start Menu\Programs are still shown.
I have spent the weekend trying to fix this, to no avail, so hopefully someone can give me some new ideas.
I’m running XP SP3 on a Toshiba laptop. I can’t be sure exactly when this happened, but I noticed it on Friday, and I am 100% certain this problem did not exist the previous weekend. In that period of time the only software installs were an update for Keepass and an update for Mathcad. It is possible that something else notified me an update was available and I just installed it without thinking about it, but if so it would only be something like Java or Adobe flash.
If I go to “C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs” the shortcuts are all there, and they are not hidden, they just don’t appear on the start menu.
The obvious way to fix this was to just roll back to a recent restore point where the problem does not exist. Unfortunately, I could not get any restore point to work, even when doing the restore entirely in safe mode (i.e. start the restore in safe mode, and finish it in safe mode). After a lot of messing around I came to the conclusion that the restore point cache was corrupted. I confirmed that by turning System Restore off and back on to clear the c... Read more

A:Shortcuts from "All Users" not showing in the start menu

Move them to the start folder in C:\Documents and Settings\<current user>\Start Menu\Programs

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Can someone help me out here? I want to remove the following Icons from the start menu
Default Programs
Internet Explorer both 32 and 64 bits
Windows Update

I know I can set a GPO to get rid of Default Programs-that one is not an issue
I ready I can chance a policy to get rid of WIndows Update, but that kills the entire update process-need that
and no clue on IE.
Can anyone help?

A:How do I remove certain shortcuts from the start menu in Windows 7?

Hello rmusick, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This may be able to help.

Start Menu All Programs - Add or Delete Shortcuts

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I was trying to free memory space from hard disk and i unknowingly delete files from
I nearly cleared all the folders from appData which in turn deleted all the short cut links from start menu and taskbar.
I need help to fix it!

A:Deleted all shortcuts from start menu accidentally

Hopefully you just deleted them to the recycle bin. If they are in there highlight them then restore the files by using right click.

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I used the following solution which was posted on this site to restore default folder options for a problem I was having: Click Start => Run, copy and paste the below line into the run box: regsvr32 /i shell32.dll

It corrected the problem I had, but the solution created a new problem. Some of the Start Menu shortcuts that were created by the OS during the installation process no longer work. Whenever I click on them, I get the following error message: The file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel."

I know how to create associations for files, but not shortcuts or "links," as the OS calls them, that were created during the OS installation process. The shortcuts I'm talking about, all in the right frame of the Start menu, are: My Computer, My Pictures, My Music, My Computer, My Network Places, Control Panel, and Printers and Faxes. I was able to get some of them working by changing them from "Display as a Link" to "Display as a Menu," for those that allow this change (Printers and Faxes does not, for example).This worked on some, but not all of them.

It worked on My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, and Control Panel, but not on My Computer. Now, when I click on these first 4 items, it displays the contents of these folders in a menu fashion, and I can click and open any file/item in the menu. However, when I do the same with My Computer, I... Read more

A:Some XP Start Menu Shortcuts Created by OS Don't Work

I have been trying to fix this for months, and finally found the fix. I sent you a PM
It's at http://www.dougknox.com/ on XP fixes. Part way down the left side, see file association fix, download, unzip, run, voila. Done.

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Hi --

On the Start menu just above the list of shortcuts to programs most used there is a list of shortcuts to applications like Outlook, IE, etc. Quite a while ago, I added to that list the shortcuts to several documents I use frequently. Now I want to add another, but, I'm embarassed to say, I can't remember where that list of shortcuts resides.

Can someone let me know where those shortcuts are located?


A:Start Menu Document Shortcuts Location

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I have XP Home Edition, no SP2, and all was fine until yesterday after a major storm that killed power - perhaps damaged PC?
At any rate, I can boot up okay, and the desktop toolbar and the quick launch toolbar buttons work, but none of my office toolbar shortcuts nor the shortcuts in the start button menu seem to want to work - sometimes they depress and the machine freezes and sometimes they wont even appear to click (expecially the start button links).
I can obviously work around most things by searching the PC via the desktop toolbar, but I really want to have things how they were
Any suggestions will be very gratefully received!

A:Solved: Unable to use start menu or other shortcuts in XP

The only suggestion I could give -- ALWAYS turn off (and unplug) the PC during a (thunder) storm... Storms can do all sorts of damage. I sure hope in your case it's software and not hardware that's gone awry.

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I can't access Computer, Control Panel and other shortcuts from the Start menu.  I also can't open the Recycle Bin if I double-click it.  Every time I try to access those things, I get the message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item."  I'm using an administrator account.  I did a temporary workaround by placing a shortcut of Computer on my Desktop.  It still won't open if I double-click it but I can access it by using Open from the context menu. 
Another weird thing I noticed was that when I started Firefox, it asked me to set it as default browser.  After I did so, it still asks me to set it as default browser every time I start it.
I scanned for viruses with Avira Free antivirus but it didn't find anything.  I also ran Malwarebytes in safe mode.  It only found some installers using Open Candy.  The shortcuts work fine in safe mode but when I start Windows normally, I can't access the folders via shortcuts from Start menu.  Firefox still asks to set it as default browser even in safe mode.
I don't remember doing anything out of the ordinary before it happened.  Everything was fine in the morning but the problem started when I turned on my PC in the afternoon.
I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Help please?

A:Can't access Computer and other shortcuts from Start menu

Welcome aboard
Did you try system restore to yesterday?

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Hi my laptop running windows vista sp2 has lost all of the shortcuts from the start menu, the option to show hidden folders cannot be set and if I try to run outlook it treats me as a new user. GMER crashes my computer and show nothing on a c and sections run. Malwarebytes finds nothing.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421
Run by Tony at 16:13:47 on 2012-04-12
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.44.1033.18.2039.824 [GMT 1:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {108DAC43-C256-20B7-BB05-914135DA5160}
SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {ABEC4DA7-E46C-2F39-81B5-AA334E5D1BDD}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
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A:All my user details gone no shortcuts on start menu

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I like the frequently used shortcut list that XP maintains on the start menu. In fact, I like it so much, I have *no* pinned shortcuts and have my most-frequently-used list 20 items long. It works fine except in one case.

I use putty a lot. It is at the top of my most frequently used shortcuts. Recently, I made a copy of it, and modified the properties of the copy to supply an argument to the putty.exe command. I renamed the shortcut copy. I put the copy somewhere under "All Programs".

Here is the problem. That copy (with a different name) is *not* making it to my most-frequently-used list on the start menu. It should have at least appeared on the bottom by now.

My list is so long (20 items), and I use so few apps, that if I open one unused program once or twice, it appears at the bottom of my list. However, my renamed copy of putty simply will not make it onto the list no matter how many times I click on it.

I am guessing that the reason this is happening in because I made a copy of the shortcut and did nothing more than modify the "Target" field of the shortcut so XP thinks the two different shortcuts are the same for some reason.

Before anyone asks, I made an actual copy of the shortcut. I did not make a shortcut to a shortcut (if that is even possible).

Thanks, All.

A:start menu frequently used shortcuts not appearing

Oops! I just noticed that I posted this thread in the wrong forum. My head must have really been in a fog yesterday.

Can a moderator move this thread to the XP forum?

Please accept my apologies.

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This topic has been covered previously and I tried to find a solution to my inquiry in those threads. However, I noticed that the recommended pathway to the Start Menu folder shortcuts (C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu) is only valid if the Start Menu is in the ?Classic Start menu? setting. I want to access the Start Menu which contains shortcuts while in the ?Start menu? setting (default) but I am unable.
One thing I find interesting is that Shortcuts are not shared between ?Start menu? and ?Classic Start menu? settings. As an example, in the default ?Start menu? I have the shortcut file CCleaner and others (pic 1 - default).

If I switch to ?Classic Start menu? CCleaner is not listed, but a shortcut to VLC media player is listed, but VLC is not listed when in ?Start menu?. So I assume these follow different pathways.

In attempting to access the shortcuts when in the default ?Start menu? setting, three pathways yield an ?Access is denied? popup window and I don?t even know if any one of these correct. They are:
1. C:\Program Data
2. C:\Users\Username
3. C:\Users\Default

I apologize for being so long winded, just kind of difficult to explain. All I want to do is access the folder Start Menu associated with the default Start menu. If it's one where access is denied, how do I gain access? Thank you in advance.

A:Access to Start Menu folder shortcuts

Found this "solution" but whether it's a good idea to change permissions seems open to debate:

Start Menu - Shortcuts

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Turns out that everytime that I turn on my PC, all the shortcuts in start menu> all programs disappear, instead i find a shortcut for My Computer but this shortcut doesn't even have a name it's just an icon...the only shortcuts that doesn't disappear are the ones in folders....HELP PLEASE, HERE'S AN ATTACHMENT WITH A PICTURE OF WHAT I MEAN

A:[SOLVED] Start Menu Shortcuts Problem!!!

Start Menu - 'All Programs' is empty or nothing happens when you click the menu

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I'm running XP pro with SP1and IE6 with SP1.

Was working all fine, till I installed and deleted some stuff... installed Installshield 7 and then removed it. Replaced it with Setup Factory 6, which I've kept. These are the only progs I've played with since last using the net.

My problem is that my Start Menu internet shortcuts no longer work. I instantly get an internet explorer error message and the screen refreshes back to desktop.

If I run Internet Explorer from the start menu, it's fine, presumably because it's a program shortcut, not an internet one.

Once in Internet Explorer, my favourites work perfectly from the drop down menu. But my favourites from the start menu (same ones) still give me the same error.

I must have crushed a dll or something, but I havent a clue which one or ones.

Any ideas? sorry this was so long.


A:Internet start menu shortcuts (Long.. Sorry)

You could always use the system restore utility in XP.

Hit start> programs> accessories> system tools> system restore.

Once in system restore you need to select the radio button that says "restore my computer to an earlier time".

From there you need to pick a date off the calendar that your computer was working fine.... Follow the instructions after that and all should be well.

Hope this helps!!!


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Good day all.

This is a wonderful forum - great work guys keep it up.

I have a problem which suddenly reared its ugly head a few days ago with regards to desktop shortcuts and Start menu shortcuts (or .lnk) not running the associated application.

I have found the Regfix.reg fix for this but everytime I run the fix I get the error in the attached screenshot. I also ran a fix from Symantec called UnHookExec.inf to reset application .exe files to default - this fix can be found here: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/445526-reassociating-exe-files.html

How do I overcome this?

I am running Norton360 ver. 2 and the standard Vista security protection.

Any help is appreciated.

A:Desktop and Start menu shortcuts / .lnk not working

Anyone have any suggestions please!?

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I got Windows Recovery Virus and I removed it following your instructions (thanks for that), but now all my shortcuts in Start Menu are gone. After I uncheked Hidden for all my files I got programs back in Start Menu but they are empty including Administrative tools and System tools. And most of my desktop icons are back but some are still missing (and desktop doesnt look quite the same as before) and before they were shorcuts to programs but now they are just programs. When I did System Restore at difrent points it was even worse because all my programs were gone again. Please help me.

DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86
Run by DELL at 13:20:13,68 on sre 04.05.2011
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_17
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1250.386.1033.18.1014.418 [GMT 2:00]
AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {EDB4FA23-53B8-4AFA-8C5D-99752CCA7095}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
C:\Program Files\Lexmark 2600 Series\lxdnmon.exe
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A:Shortcuts from Start Menu gone because Windows Recovery

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.

Double click DeFogger to run the tool.
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This morning I noticed that my Start Menu | All Programs list had some shortcuts that were duplicates. In other words, there were two "Free Games" shortcuts and two "1000 Free Songs" shortcuts. Clearly these were added by some program(s) that I had installed earlier.

I right-clicked and deleted the first one only to find that now the second one had no file reference due to my deleting the first. Since both copies are pointing to the same file on the drive, deleting one orphaned its copy and made it impossible to delete it the same way.

The result was that I had one shortcut of each that I could not delete off my Start Menu. It would come up with "Cannot find file.." and give you that "Try Again" button. Don't bother, it won't do anything.

Perhaps rebooting might have refreshed the Start Menu. I don't know because I did not want to bother since I had apps running and was very busy working with them. After trying a bunch of things, I FOUND A SOLUTION! So I am sharing it here for others who may have the same problem in the future.

Go to the orphaned short-cut item in your Start Menu and right-click it. Select "Move to Folder" and then select the Recycle Bin as your folder. It will move the item into the Recycle Bin and off your Start Menu. Then of course you can empty your Recycle Bin as usual.

That's it!

A:How to Remove Stubborn Start Menu Shortcuts

tuneuputilities.com there is also a crack for this is you like leave me your email and i will try to mail it via email but we have to trade email names cause i dont want anyone trying to think im trying to hand out a virus

but anyway this program is a registry cleaner you can go to the site tune up utilities .com and download a trail version after that it cleans and takes off broken short cuts programs that been uninstalled and still show in program folder it even allows you to change aero boot visualations it is a neat program

so get back to me if you want this and i will share with you

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