System Manufacturer/Model Number Custom - PC Specialist OS Windows 7/Linux CPU Athlon 64 x2 6000+ Motherboard ASUS M3N78 PRO Memory 4Gb Dual Channel Graphics Card Geforce 8400 Sound Card On Board Monitor(s) Displays BenQ G2222HDL Screen Resolution 1920x1080
Keyboard Saitek Eclipse II Mouse Microsoft Laser Mouse PSU National Grid Case Yes Cooling Stock Cooler Hard Drives 1Gb Spinpoint F3/740Gb Western Digital
640Gb Western Digital Internet Speed 50Mb
The tutorial below can help show you how to restore the default shortcuts in Start Menu -> All Programs, but you'll still have to manually create new shortcuts in the Start Menu for any installed programs from their exe files though.
There's something strange: when I right click and select open "All Programs" in the Start Menu I see 2 folders:
1) A (greyed out) shortcut to "Programma's" (this is Dutch, my Windows version is Dutch originally, but I changed the language to English): I can't access this folder (Access denied).
2) Programs: only 10 program shortcut folders are here, but about 50 show up in the "All Programs" in the Start Menu
Strange, it seems unhide changed something language-related...
Since those empty folders in the Start Menu are for programs, you would need to manually create new shortcuts in the Start Menu from the exe files of those programs to place in the folders. Another option, would to reinstall the programs to have them added back again as well.
Thanks Brink, but where are all the folders that are in the programs start menu? In the 3rd screenshot you see folders for Adobe and such, but they are not in screenshot 1 or 2. It seems Windows is getting them from another location.
I wonder if the "Recent Locations"-problem has the same cause, is Windows storing recent locations in a wrong folder?