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28 Oct 2010   #1
ezalife

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Windows7 empty menus

Hi guys,
I've got a 64bit HP laptop running windows 7.
It was upgraded from Vista when 7 came out without issue and has been perfect (literally) since.
But 2 weeks ago it started reseting the user profile etc and now the Start menu opens with nothing inside it.

I've seen the 'usual' fix for this start menu/right click/open all users/create new folder/drag stuff into it etcetc)
but unfortunately when I right click anywhere and select 'new' the menu it expands just says 'empty' and that i can't find any reference to anywhere.

If it helps, one other issue i've noticed (all connected I assume as happened at the same time) is that all apps seem to have 'forgotten' that they have ever been opened before or registered.

i've run cCleaner and it's found no issues.

yup, pretty sure i'm screwed, but if not would be great to have a fix! please!

regards, Rich


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28 Oct 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Rich

Try the easy way first.
System restore from a few days before the problem. Add a few extra days if you are not sure
System Restore

Rich
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28 Oct 2010   #3
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

I can't really understand what it is that you're describing, but are you sure CCleaner itself is not getting rid of this user-based information? That's what it does.
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28 Oct 2010   #4
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ezalife View Post
Hi guys,
I've got a 64bit HP laptop running windows 7.
It was upgraded from Vista when 7 came out without issue and has been perfect (literally) since.
But 2 weeks ago it started reseting the user profile etc and now the Start menu opens with nothing inside it.


i've run cCleaner and it's found no issues.
Have you malware & virus checked the system?


James
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28 Oct 2010   #5
ezalife

Windows 7 x64
 
 

cheers guys -

James - yes, no Malware and virus scan shows nothing

FliGi7 - computer was working fine, now when you select the startmenu and click All Programs there is nothing in the list. The std response seemse to be to righ-click on All Programs, select OpenAllUsers then if the Programs folder is populated (which it is), then you create a new folder in there and drag items into it thus bringing the number of shortcuts down and thus it starts working (I don't know why, but this workaround is everywhere on the forums), the problem is that when I try to create a new folder (be ftaht from right-click menu or file/new) that the 'new' expands to an empty submenu rather than the usual one that contains Folder, shortcut etcetc.

it was suggested I run cCleaner to remove the menu order cache which i did (all other options unselected) but that didn't help. The User based info is being got rid of on restart it seems, that was all before cCleaner was installed
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28 Oct 2010   #6
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Ah, gotcha now. Sounds like a system restore is in order.
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