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Windows 7: Start menu icons disappear!! WTF!

09 Nov 2009   #1
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 
Start menu icons disappear!! WTF!

So i bought adobe flash cs3 and fireworks cs3 because i will be needing them a lot soon. But im running into quite an amazing problem. I install them and everything looks good. The programs launch from the desktop and work good. But when i click start and click All programs there's nothing there!! Just white. I uninstalled flash, and still the problem. Then i uninstalled fireworks, and they're back! I then installed flash because i thought fireworks might be the problem but it happens again.

Please can somebody help me here? A google search reveals nothing. I need this problem solved soon.


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09 Nov 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello DaRonRon,

You might see if doing a System Restore using a restore point dated before this started may be able to fix it for you. If not a repair install may without losing anything.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Nov 2009   #3
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

performing a system restore is no use because it will also remove the applications. If i uninstall them then the icons come back anyway. And performing a Repair install seems a little drastic, are u sure there's no other way?

If i did do a repair install then i lose my drivers? like graphic driver, volume button drivers (im on a laptop), etc?
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09 Nov 2009   #4
Hakon

Windows 7 build 7600 64 bit
 
 

I had the same problem, try moving all folders and icons from the All Program folder to a temporary folder on your desktop somewhere and see if the icons come back, it worked for me. Or just rename the All Programs folder so windows wont find it, restart and rename again.
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09 Nov 2009   #5
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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09 Nov 2009   #6
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
well that wasnt really helpful.

@Hakon, i will try that and report back
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09 Nov 2009   #7
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Asking your question in Adobe Support forums would more than likely be helpful
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10 Nov 2009   #8
DaRonRon

Main OS: Windows 7 64 bit, Secondary: Vista 32 bit
 
 

it appears i found the solution to the problem

well firstly the problem isnt related to adobe programs specifically. I know this because today when i got all the icons back, i went and installed another program, a game, and they still disappeared.

The problem is that i have too much programs installed apparently. After removing some unnecessary programs the icons are back

Still this is a pretty annoying bug
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10 Nov 2009   #9
awenthol

7 Pro x64
 
 

I have had the same issue!

I see you've got yours taken care of but FWIW, I'v just started creating new shortcuts from the .exe in the Windows/Programs folder....
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10 Nov 2009   #10
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I posted a solution to this issue a couple of months ago. Read it here.

Kari
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