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Windows 7: Program Files 86 Not Showing in Start Menu

29 Jan 2010   #1

win 7 64
 
 
Program Files 86 Not Showing in Start Menu

First off sorry if this is in wrong forum but I have searched for over an hour and have not found a specific solution.

The typical 32 bit programs are installing in the program files 86 folder. I understand this is where they are supposed to end and the computer sorts downloaded files depending on capability.

My problem is not all programs in program files and program files 86 are showing up in start menu. I have set my start menu customization to default and I am not experiencing the complete disappearance of all programs.

This is a brand new computer out of the box with 64 bit.
Thanks...


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29 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marauders4 View Post
First off sorry if this is in wrong forum but I have searched for over an hour and have not found a specific solution.

The typical 32 bit programs are installing in the program files 86 folder. I understand this is where they are supposed to end and the computer sorts downloaded files depending on capability.

My problem is not all programs in program files and program files 86 are showing up in start menu. I have set my start menu customization to default and I am not experiencing the complete disappearance of all programs.

This is a brand new computer out of the box with 64 bit. Go to the program not the short cut.


Thanks...
Go to program and right click and then pin to start menu. Go to the program and not the short cut. Type program name in start and then right click when it appears.
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29 Jan 2010   #3

win 7 64
 
 

That works fine for pinning in to start menu. I would like it to show up under the all programs list. It would not be a big deal for one program but there are several that are not showing up.

Thanks
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29 Jan 2010   #4

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Well, a workaround is to modify your indexing so it indexes the x86 Programs folder. Then, all you have to do is hit the Windows button and start typing the program name and it'll pop right up. That would be even quicker than having the program in the list.

Just a thought.
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29 Jan 2010   #5

Win 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Try this method.

1) Open up your "Control panel".Click on "Folder Options".Under the "View" tab,Check "Show hidden files,folders and drives" and Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files".Click Apply then Ok.

2) Now open up "My Computer".Navigate to C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/StartMenu.
Once you get there,you'll be able to view your program list on your start menu.

3) To add a program shortcut to the start menu,Navigate to your program files folder.Right click on a program icon that ends with .exe,copy and paste it to the "StartMenu" folder.

Hope this helps.
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29 Jan 2010   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You can paste any shortcut in the All Programs section of the Start Menu by going to Program Data/Start Menu/Programs and pasting it there.
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29 Jan 2010   #7

win 7 64
 
 

^ This is what I essentially did but with the entire folder. Not sure if it is correct or will affect anything but all seems fine. Thanks for the quick responses. If there is a better way I would love to hear it but I'm fine with the compromise.
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18 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by D3ftOn3Z View Post
Try this method.

1) Open up your "Control panel".Click on "Folder Options".Under the "View" tab,Check "Show hidden files,folders and drives" and Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files".Click Apply then Ok.

2) Now open up "My Computer".Navigate to C:/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/StartMenu.
Once you get there,you'll be able to view your program list on your start menu.

3) To add a program shortcut to the start menu,Navigate to your program files folder.Right click on a program icon that ends with .exe,copy and paste it to the "StartMenu" folder.

Hope this helps.
I spent a lot of time looking for the right answer, tried some things from other forums, but D3ftOn3Z's answer is PERFECT. I registered and will be back. Thank you, D3ftOn3Z!!!
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20 Dec 2010   #9

windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I always put a shortcut to my Start Menu folder in my SendTo menu then whenever I want to add a program to All Programs I just right-click and go to SendTo/Start Menu. Easy peasy.
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10 Jan 2011   #10

win 7 64
 
 

Thanks alot guys. This worked and I really appreciate it.
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