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Windows 7: Start Menu Search

13 Apr 2010   #1
Wasila

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Start Menu Search

Hi,

I have a slight problem. I have noticed that a couple of files still appear in my Start menu search even after they've been deleted (trying to open them leads me to an error message). I deleted and rebuilt my indexing database and the problem has gone in regular search (Windows Explorer) but the files still appear in the Start menu. Help?

Thanks,
Wasila


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13 Apr 2010   #2
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

Hi Wasila,

You could try this tool: Start Menu Cleaner

Let me know if it helps at all.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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13 Apr 2010   #3
Wasila

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It wants me to delete a raft of stuff I need and it doesn't find what I'm looking for. Doesn't look like it's compatible with 7; it looks designed for XP.

Just to confirm, I'm talking about searching via the Start menu, not shortcuts on the menu itself.
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13 Apr 2010   #4
WalkerA WinTeam

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) *** Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), OSX 10.6
 
 

That's weird, it says Windows 7 compatible on their site... huh. And sorry I misread your post! Guess you need a different tool after all. I'll see if I can find anything.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
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13 Apr 2010   #5
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WalkerA WinTeam View Post
That's weird, it says Windows 7 compatible on their site... huh. And sorry I misread your post! Guess you need a different tool after all. I'll see if I can find anything.

Cheers,

Walker
Windows Outreach Team
On a great many "freeware" sites, "Windows 7 Compatible" translates to... "Does not set the computer on fire"... Really... any fool can claim that on the web. Doesn't make it so.
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14 Apr 2010   #6
Wasila

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote:
On a great many "freeware" sites, "Windows 7 Compatible" translates to... "Does not set the computer on fire"... Really... any fool can claim that on the web. Doesn't make it so.
Very true.

As for my problem, I discovered something very interesting. I right-clicked on the file and hit 'Open File Location'. It took me to Users/*username*/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Recent Items. Deleting it from there seemed to solve the problem. There are a number of other shortcuts here which are remnants of deleted files.

The question is, will these files automatically go after a set time? If not, is there any way of automatically getting rid of deleted files? And what exactly is this folder for?

Thanks,
Wasila
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16 Apr 2010   #7
Wasila

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So am I just going to have to manually and regularly clear the folder out?

Thanks,
Wasila
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16 Apr 2010   #8
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Recent Items

Is there a chance that CC cleaner would clean those references out?
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16 Apr 2010   #9
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Are you talking about a Start Menu search or just the start menu itself? You can delete files from the start menu. As far as the search goes, if you read up on the way search works you might find a solution.

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17 Apr 2010   #10
Wasila

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

notsograymatter, I was talking about a search. Sorry, that link wasn't very helpful.

HamerHead, CCleaner did clear it out but now all my recent items are gone - I was hoping for a solution that when a file is deleted it comes out of Recent Items as well.

How does the Recent Items folder work? Is there a limit for the number of files are do things stay there for a specific time period?
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