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Windows 7: How to recover Start>Programs Shortcuts, Accessories, ETC

27 Mar 2014   #1
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 
How to recover Start>Programs Shortcuts, Accessories, ETC

gang I recoved a system from a nasty ZA infection. Runs well, in fact spectacularly well, but the residual damage is the loss of visibility of programs. All of the builtin programs like System tools, Accessories [paint, notepad, wordpad etc etc] are invisible.

how do I recover all that? the programs are intact and I guess I could eventually find them all and make shortcuts one at a time but it still wouldn't look very good.

help pls...puhleez...


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27 Mar 2014   #2
SundRance

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The 'All Users' Start Menu is stored at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\; The User Start Menu at C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\. If you navigate to these folders, right click the Start Menu folders, you can select Properties. Click over to the 'Previous Versions' tab. There may be shadow copies of each of the two folders you can restore from.

I would begin by trying the 'All Users' menu.

Best Wishes,
RȘnce
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27 Mar 2014   #3
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

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27 Mar 2014   #4
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

thanks to both.
i'll go to work. let you know
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27 Mar 2014   #5
zapp22

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
 
 

looks pretty good. you were right in that its a smoother path to work with the all-users settings. the other path is full of potholes.
one thing that wasn't clear in the tutorial was the distinction between folders and their contents, and that, oddly enough, some don't need the "unblock" step. simply paste them in the start group and they worked. others had to be unblocked and copy/pasted one at a time.

victory!
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27 Mar 2014   #6
SundRance

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Glad to hear it. Shadow copies is a great feature that help make Windows 7 the best offering from Microsoft to date.

Be Well,
RȘnce
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28 Mar 2014   #7
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Good to hear we could help you.

Jerry
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