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Windows 7: Vista -> Win7 7068 = Start Menu not working


30 Mar 2009   #1

Windows 7 build 7068
 
 
Vista -> Win7 7068 = Start Menu not working

I've just only upgraded my Vista x64 to Windows 7 x64 build 7068 and my Start Menu is basically empty. Screenshots: 1) http://hyd.org/start1.png 2) http://hyd.org/start2.png

All the shortcuts in %SYSTEMDRIVE%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu and %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu are still there, only they don't show up in the menu.

I believe that is not a migration issue since I've just installed a few programs under Windows 7 and its shortcuts still don't appear in the Start Menu.

Is that a known issue?

Thanks!

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30 Mar 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

I would say it's an upgrade issue with registry, can you try creating a new user and see if appears in that, also if that doesn't work try opening elevated command promt and type sfc /scannow and hit enter to see if it finds any corupt system files, failing that you could try a repair install

Repair Install
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30 Mar 2009   #3

Windows 7 build 7068
 
 

Thanks, Mr. Grim, creating a new user indeed fixed the problem (for that new user, that is)!

So my guess would be that maybe it's some kind of permission inheritance problem, or is it? I have explicitly changed the ownership of both %SYSTEMDRIVE%\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu and %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu to my current user, restarted explorer.exe and the whole system, but still no luck.

Permissions are currently set as follows:

http://hyd.org/perm1.png
http://hyd.org/perm2.png


The username in question is anton/hyd.
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30 Mar 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Well that's a start now all you need to do is transfer all your files music and so on over to the new user account, then delete the old account and rename the new one, not a fix as much as workaround for the problem, you could use the transfer files and settings wizard to make the task easier but just check that you have all the data you want before deleting the account.
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30 Mar 2009   #5

Windows 7 build 7068
 
 

Thanks again, I'll do just that!

Unless someone suddenly comes up with an idea of how to preserve my current account
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30 Mar 2009   #6

windows 7
 
 

I just reinstalled 7057 and do not have app links to some, installed programs, in my start menu. My previous install of 7057 was installed over 7048 and had the links. Whatever!
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31 Mar 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wonderfulme View Post
Thanks again, I'll do just that!

Unless someone suddenly comes up with an idea of how to preserve my current account
Just thought of a way you may be able to preserve your original account, try copying the AppData folder from the new account and merge it with the old account and replace all the files and settings with the working account, hopefully that will fix whatever issue is causing the problem.
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31 Mar 2009   #8

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi all
I'm not a Windows GURU so I can't suggest a fix but from reasonable analysis of this problem it seems to appear when various programs have either taken ownership of system directories / files or some modifications have been made to the system by programs of names unspecified.

Many people on these boards like "customising" their systems and why not ? -- however a lot of early customisations mess around (mostly not malevolently) with system and registry hacks.

In a general "tightening" up of the OS a lot of these "customisations" won't either work anymore or will have unpredictable effects.

Windows (finally after how many years ?) is evolving into a properly secured system. This means system modifications will be harder to get to work properly - but the GOOD side is that there will be a lot more OFFICIAL API's available where the user can make changes WITHOUT fiddling about with the inner workings of Windows -- the recent ability to change LOGON picture is a case in point.

I'd really advise you to do a CLEAN install of Windows 7 then this problem will be GONE.

(Also as a matter of course always CHECK what you download from the Internet and install. Just because the program isn't flagged as malware or a virus doesn't mean that it will work properly -- Have coders ever made mistakes !).

Cheers
jimbo
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31 Mar 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is really not a viable solution for me as I have waaaayyy to many files and e-mails to migrate even to another user.

I'll wait for someone to post a registry fix.
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31 Mar 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zach21uk View Post
This is really not a viable solution for me as I have waaaayyy to many files and e-mails to migrate even to another user.

I'll wait for someone to post a registry fix.
Did you actually make a new account to see if you have a full start menu in it?
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