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Windows 7: Start Menu Programs Disappeared

06 May 2009   #1

windows 7 RC x64
 
 
Start Menu Programs Disappeared

I am running 64 bit version of Windows7 RC. Sometime during the night, the start menu changed. The user picture went back to the default (no big deal) however a lot of programs just went missing. Most of the programs that are missing seem to be 32 bit programs. Example: Outlook 2007 is missing from the start menu, it was previously pinned to the start menu, and a search brings up Microsoft Outlook folders, not the program.


Anyone else having this issue?

Thanks for any help

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06 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wvcectech View Post
I am running 64 bit version of Windows7 RC. Sometime during the night, the start menu changed. The user picture went back to the default (no big deal) however a lot of programs just went missing. Most of the programs that are missing seem to be 32 bit programs. Example: Outlook 2007 is missing from the start menu, it was previously pinned to the start menu, and a search brings up Microsoft Outlook folders, not the program.


Anyone else having this issue?

Thanks for any help
Hi wvcectech, Welcome to the forum.

No I have not had this problem, have you tried a system restore to see if it helps?
System Restore

Pooch
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07 May 2009   #3

 

i9f it was overnight, Pooch may be on to something - as it might have been and overnight patch (as that would have been late *Tuesday* night and M$ is notorious for Patch Tuesdays)....
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11 Jun 2009   #4

Vista & Win 7
 
 

im having this problem too. im running Windows 7 rc 32 bit. all the programs in 'all programs' have disappeared, but only in my regular account. i have a separate admin account and the 'all programs' are fine. i even created a new account and they're fine too.

i noticed that in the programs folder, under C:, all the folders had 'hidden' checked under properties. so i unchecked them all, nothing. i took ownership of all the folders, nothing. following some advice i got by googling(spelt right?), i typed this:
regsvr32 /i shell32.dll into a run command, restarted, nothing. i typed it into a command prompt, nothing. i reseted the start menu to it's default settings, nothing. i did a system restore, nothing. i did an earlier system restore, still nothing. finally i did a repair install.............still bloody nothing!

screenshot:


what the hell is going on!?
does anyone, ANYONE, know what is going on and how to fix this. it is very frustrating and annoying. will i have to do a clean install? cause i don't want to do that again.
i have to type/search for the program i want to run.
remember im running Windows 7 RC 32bit.



--------------------------------edit/solve-----------------------------------------
ok i've seem to have solved the issue, although i want to to a cold boot just to make sure. i think that some sort of malware was messing around with the desktop.ini(protected system file), so what i did was copied my admin account desktop.ini file to my start menu folder.
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06 Jul 2009   #5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

There are too many shortcuts listed in 'all programs' The fix is to delete shortcuts till there are about 15 (I don't know the exact number)

-go to:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
and/or
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

-Delete shortcuts (.lnk) Do not delete the folders.

-Reboot your computer
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10 Jul 2009   #6

Vista & Win 7
 
 

the problem came back. i uninstalled some programs that i don't use anymore and it's working again. i think that there were too many entries in 'all programs'.

i have about 17 shortcuts 'C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs' and 26 shortcuts in total in the start menu 'all programs'

i think the best solution is a combination of what skoozar suggested and uninstalling unnecessary programs
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10 Jul 2009   #7

win 7 rc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by greenlink23 View Post
the problem came back. i uninstalled some programs that i don't use anymore and it's working again. i think that there were too many entries in 'all programs'.

i have about 17 shortcuts 'C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs' and 26 shortcuts in total in the start menu 'all programs'

i think the best solution is a combination of what skoozar suggested and uninstalling unnecessary programs
others had same problem. me too.

i found _one_ reasonable attempt... that is: create a "new user" ;-)

there had been _a lot_ of other proposals. that, imho, all lack sustainability.

what _i_ personally do now... is to create sys-restore points b/4 install of any app.

as far as i can say now after some weeks... prob is w the install apps/routines.

just imho. it's rc, 7100, x86.
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10 Jul 2009   #8

 

It has been noted on many different news sources, that MS is having the GHOST installs and no log reports seem to be found. I would venture to say I have this weekly. something changes ca be found. If you want to check your log.

X:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Reportingevents.log

I am a MUv4 tester so I have not complaints. I simply accept this strange happenings. Remember all this is BETA-Unofficial Testing.
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23 Jul 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium (in French)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skoozar View Post
There are too many shortcuts listed in 'all programs' The fix is to delete shortcuts till there are about 15 (I don't know the exact number)

-go to:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
and/or
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

-Delete shortcuts (.lnk) Do not delete the folders.

-Reboot your computer
I did that, removing all shorcuts from this two folders then rebooting, and it still doesn't work. I still have the same problem, no programms in my Startmenu.


It's like that since I'm on Windows 7. I made an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 so, but in Vista I never had this problem.
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25 Jul 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium (in French)
 
 

Hi, still no solution ?
Thanks.
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