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Windows 7: Lost Customization On Start Button/Start Menu

23 Aug 2016   #1
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 
Lost Customization On Start Button/Start Menu

My Start Button works to the extent that I can click it and browse all of my programs. I also have all of the categories on the right side like "Computer", "Control Panel", etc.

What I don't have are any of my recently used programs. That area is blank. I have noticed over the years that I typically use about the same 10-15 programs frequently and the loss of these "instant shortcuts" means I have to drill down through the hierarchy of Start Menu programs to find the one I want to launch. I do have a number of programs pinned to the Taskbar, but I'd really like to have my Start Button work like it used to.

Any suggestions?

PS: The only one that does show up is the Command Prompt which I had copied from its default location because I use it so much. I had it located outside the "Programs" folder on the Start Menu so it would be at the top.




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23 Aug 2016   #2
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

hi something simple you might want to check.
right click start button-properties then start menu tab and make sure both things are checked under privacy. also on same tab click on customize and make sure there is a number in start menu size
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23 Aug 2016   #3
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Thanks. Yes, they are both checked. I have also tried to reset it to "Default". None of that changes anything.
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23 Aug 2016   #4
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

maybe try a restore point before the issue started
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23 Aug 2016   #5
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I had no luck with that, either.
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23 Aug 2016   #6
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

that's a strange issue.
EDIT: maybe you can try the second thing on this link
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23 Aug 2016   #7
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oscer1 View Post
that's a strange issue.
EDIT: maybe you can try the second thing on this link
Yes! That seems to have done it. I had to do it for both Start Menus - Start Menu All Users and my "personal" one.

Thank you!
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23 Aug 2016   #8
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

By the way, today is the 7th anniversary of my first day here. Time flies.
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23 Aug 2016   #9
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

Your welcome glad it's working
Happy anniversary
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