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Windows 7: Get back XP Style "All Programs" ?

09 Feb 2010   #11

Windows 7


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09 Feb 2010   #12

Windows 98 SE

I dont think its possible from the "All Programs" button because thats a whole new structure and cant just be changed with a finger snap.

However.. If its of any interest, you can do a funky tweak so all your programs are listed in the favorites menu, which is like in XP..

Im forinstance using favorites as my games-shortcuts-folder menu.
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09 Feb 2010   #13

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Merlin2000 View Post
Everything about the Win 7 start menu is great, except for the way it displays the programs.

I used to use the run command like a hundred times a day to launch programs, that's changed with the ability to quickly search - I don't even wait for the search results to finish, just type in "calc" and immediately hit enter.

I ran across this website: Get Windows XP Styled Classic All Programs List in Windows Vista and 7 - Tweaking with Vishal

Thanks.. This is a Really Sweet hack.

I normally use Vista Start Menu to give me back a more XP Style start menu..
Vista Start Menu – Convenient alternative to Start menu

But there are times I just don't want extra apps running.. This hack is great when I want to use the All Programs with the default Start Menu.
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09 Feb 2010   #14

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Merlin2000 View Post
Is it possible to have multiple windows for the All Programs compared to a long list that you have to scroll through?

I haven't tried this yet.. but I think it would be possible this way... instead of using the favorites menu for this task.. hack the registry hack you first used to use a different that you do not normally use.. that can be set as Display as link or display as menu..

Perhaps games, Personal folder, pictures, videos or recorded -TV.. that's a good one.. who needs a folder for recorded tv ?? LOL

That's just a theory but worth looking into I think..

EDIT: I just took a look at the instructions. look at #2.. so we would just be editing the value of another folder instead of "favorites" it seems. this may not work but I am going to try it out.

" 1. Open regedit and go to following keys one by one:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
2. Now you'll need to change the value of Favorites string value in right-side pane to:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Change C: to your system drive, where windows is installed in your system.
3. That's it. Log off or restart your system and now "Favorites" link in start menu will change to "Programs" and will show all program shortcuts installed in your system just like XP start menu does.

NOTE: If you can't see the new menu in startmenu, you'll need to enable "Favorites Menu" from Taskbar Properties -> Start Menu -> Customize. "


Interesting.. Games and Recorded TV is not in the list in regedit. if this is going to work, we will have to use another folder like Pictures, Music or Video.


YES!! SUCCESS ! Sort of.. LOL.. if you use My Pictures for example, and set it to display as a link.. it will work But.. for me the Pictures folder name does not change from "Pictures" to "Programs".. the programs folder shows up inside of the pictures folder/link. But at least it can work.. I was able to open the pictures as a link in a new window and the program folder was inside of it with all the All Program links. I think the problem is just a simple sytax error someplace.. I just need to refine the tweak.

I did not disable the other Programs folder the first tweak created.. perhaps this is part of the problem.

I am going to play with this to see if I can't get it to work.. if you beat me to it.. let me know.. LOL

OR.. if that does not work.. and it seems it may not.. as I sit here playing with regedit.. the other thing to find out how to do is make the favorites folder display as a link and not as a manu.. that will solve the problem!
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10 Feb 2010   #15

Windows 7

Let me know how it works out. I'm eager to give this a shot if it works! I'm too scared to mess with the registry lol
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10 Feb 2010   #16

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Merlin2000 View Post
Let me know how it works out. I'm eager to give this a shot if it works! I'm too scared to mess with the registry lol
I cannot seem to get it to work this way.. unless you just don't mind getting the access you want from the pictures folder and then opening the Programs subfolder from there, that will open into a new window... For a workaround - that will work.. but it's sloppy and not too nice looking.. LOL

The other way to fix it is to find a way to force the Favorites folder to display as a link instead of a menu.

Since Windows does not let you do this easily, I have looked and looked in the registry for a way to do that and cannot find one. I have asked on about 5 different forums including here, if anyone knows a way to do this.

If I find a way, I will test it and let you know.
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