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Windows 7: Stop windows putting program links in different start menu folders?

16 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Stop windows putting program links in different start menu folders?

Hi guys

On my computer this start menu folders us used:
C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu = C:\Users\All Users\Start Menu

Is there some way to stop windows from putting program links in different folders?

Im the only user on this computer.

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16 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Professional x64

Hey ToreAA & Welcome to SevenForums!

I do not believe there is a way. You can hide folders you dont need in the start menu by right clicking and selectig properties, then choose hidden and make sure its the folder and contents. Before you do that, move any EXE files you may use out. This is what my start menu looks like


I was looking for a similar solution before and this was the best i could come up with. Hope this helps!


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17 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks for quick reply

and thanks for the tip, I did not know that was possible.

The reason I asked is because I like to customize my program start menu. I have everything organized in different folders. Its just annoying that I have to do this more than one place since the program links is created in different folders. But as you say, I guess that is not possible.

I think this placement of links in different folders is because Win 7 has multi-user functionality so I hoped there was some settings somewhere that could make things better for a single user computer. I thought maybe in group settings or user settings, but could not find anything.

Thanks for help so far
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17 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

hmm I tried moving all program shotcuts from my user to
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.

That worked great, but now my start menu folder in my user have become hidden and turned into a shortcut.

This seem to have resulted in that some software will not install saying it dont have insufficient privileges to to acess:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\.....

Any ideas?
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