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Windows 7: Deleted all shortcuts from start menu accidentally

05 Nov 2011   #1

Windows Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Deleted all shortcuts from start menu accidentally

I was trying to free memory space from hard disk and i unknowingly delete files from
C:\Users\shriram\AppData\Roaming\
C:\Users\shriram\AppData\local
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!
Thanks


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05 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

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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05 Nov 2011   #3

Windows Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Yeah i thought of doing that but i deleted files completely from the memory using shift+delete.
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05 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hello Hipster Doofus
This will show you how to restore the default start menu shortcuts.For the others you can just pin them as you go along, or drag shortcuts to your all programs menu Start Menu All Programs in Windows 7 - Restore Default Shortcuts

Danny
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05 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Did you delete the entire contents of the Local and Roaming folders?

If so, you're going to have massive problems with many of your installed programs (or at the least lose all custom settings) and probably with Windows itself sooner or later.

I hope you have a backup or system restore point to go back to. And next time...take advantage of the Recycle Bin. It's there to avoid accidents like this one.
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05 Nov 2011   #6

Windows Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Yeah you are right! I have beginning to feel that now. I have been able to get the basic start up menu items all thank to the good advice. But i am feeling a pinch of not being able get the items stored in my Programs folder to the All Programs in START MENU option. Is there a way to get that done because my restore points are not there!
thanks
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05 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
Hello [insert name here]
This will show you how to restore the default start menu shortcuts.For the others you can just pin them as you go along, or drag shortcuts to your all programs menu Start Menu All Programs in Windows 7 - Restore Default Shortcuts

Danny
Have you tried that?

As for the programs in the program folders you'll have to do it manually one at a time.
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05 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

The easiest method would be a system restore to a point before you deleted the shortcuts.

You said you wanted to regain space on your hard drive, but you haven't given us any idea of how big the drive is or what's on it.

Have a look at this tutorial: Disk Cleanup - Open and Use

You could also invest in a larger hard drive too.
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05 Nov 2011   #9

Windows Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I have a 80 GB hard disk so i have to delete file manually because most software don't intrude in system directly. I am thinking of getting an external hard disk as i am getting sick of putting data into DVD's. last night had only 43 MB space available on my OS hard disk and it was just then that i deleted files from my AppData folder. It's such a mess!
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05 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Did you try restoring to a point before you messed things up?

Getting an external hard drive and transferring your personal data (NOT your system data) to it would be a big help.

Check this tutorial on regaining hard drive space: Hard Disk Space - Free Up and Recover
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