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Windows 7: Start Menu All Programs in Windows 7 - Restore Default Shortcuts


03 Jan 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Start Menu All Programs in Windows 7 - Restore Default Shortcuts

How to Restore Missing Default Shortcuts in Windows 7 Start Menu


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27 Sep 2012   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome NoN.

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23 Feb 2014   #11
svnpenn

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Shawn,

it should be noted that if the "Common Programs" property under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

is set to anything but the default value then your instructions will not work. Thank you!
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23 Feb 2014   #12
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello svnpenn,

Thank you for the heads up. It would be unusual for that to be changed though.
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23 Feb 2014   #13
svnpenn

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Shawn,

I was messing around with the folders that hold the shortcuts yesterday, and if you move the wrong folder it will automatically change this key to where you moved the folder.
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23 Feb 2014   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, normally you wouldn't want to move the %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder like that. How did you move it though? I didn't see an option to move it like the user folders.
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23 Feb 2014   #15
svnpenn

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Shawn,

I am not sure how it happened, but the end result was that it changed that registry key without my knowledge. Then it appeared the only way to fix it was to go into the registry and change it back. I wanted others to be aware that in some cases simply restoring the folders will not work.
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23 Feb 2014   #16
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Not sure either, but thank you for the heads up again in case anyone else may run into the same.
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4 Days Ago   #17
Rimmer100

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks this has saved me a lot of time. The computer I am working on had a load of its short cuts renamed by something or other. It was heavily infected with malware / spyware.

I signed up to say that you don't need to unblock each shortcut individually. If you unblock the zip file before unzipping it, the fact that it has been unblocked is transferred to all of the files in the archive.

I hope this is of use.

Thanks again.
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