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Windows 7: Start Menu Shortcut Program


Start Menu Shortcut Program

Download a Shortcut that Opens the Start Menu in Windows
Published by Brink
16 Feb 2010
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Download a Shortcut that Opens the Start Menu in Windows

information   Information
This Start Menu program acts as a shortcut that will open the Start Menu just as if you had pressed CTRL+ESC in Windows 7 or Vista.
Note   Note
You can copy and use the Start Menu.exe file below in any user account (administrator or standard) to open the Start Menu in that user account.
Tip   Tip
UAC will need to be turned on for this work.

You can Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu the Start Menu.exe file, or move where you like for easy use.

If you moved the taskbar to another screen location (left or right) and you do not like how the Start button (orb) is now at the top of the taskbar, then you can use the free program Start Killer to remove the default Start button (orb). Afterwards, you can place the Start Menu.exe file in a new folder somewhere, unlock the taskbar, pin the new folder to the taskbar as a toolbar, right click on the dotted lines to the left of the new toolbar and uncheck Show Text and Show Titile, click on View and Large Icons, then drag this new Start button toolbar where you like on the taskbar and lock the taskbar.




Here's How:
1. To download the Start Menu program, click on either one of the icons below for the one that you would like to be used for the Start Menu.exe file.
NOTE: If you would prefer a different icon than these, then just post a reply with the ICO or PNG you want attached below. If the other icon is still being displayed after using another one, then rebuilding the icon cache will fix it.



2. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the Start Menu.exe file to the desktop.

4. If you have not already, be sure to turn on UAC to at least the default level. It needs to be turned on to be able to unblock this shortcut to allow it to work.

5. Right click on the Start Menu.exe file, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the file is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
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6. Copy the Start Menu.exe file into any user account on the computer, that would like to open the Start Menu with it, and move it to where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn





17 Feb 2010   #1
kicks

Win7 pro 32-bit +SP1 as multiboot with XP and Win8
 
 

Wherever I save startmenu.exe, doubleclick on it never opens my startmenu. However, if pinned to the taskbar, a click on its icon changes its appearance as "activated".


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17 Feb 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hello Tom, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Strange. A few questions:
  • Did you Unblock (step 4) the EXE file?
  • Do you have any issues running any other EXE on your computer? You can test by running C:\Windows\notepad.exe.
  • Could you post a screenshot of this "activated" appearance that you see?
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17 Feb 2010   #3
kicks

Win7 pro 32-bit +SP1 as multiboot with XP and Win8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Did you Unblock (step 4) the EXE file?
The option to "Unblock" never appeared, so I did not perform it. Does "unblock" refer to DEP, or to what else? After being started, startmenu.exe is visible in Process Explorer, but vanishes about 5-10 sec later. Other exe files can be executed as they should.There is no virus protection running except Microsoft Essentials.

Many thanks for taking care!
Tom


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17 Feb 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Kicks,

Unblock in the EXE file's right click properties page is part of UAC. The exe would only appear briefly since it is only runing briefly to act just like you had pressed the CTRL+ESC keys to open the Start Menu. It does not continue to run afterwards.

If you manually press CTRL+ESC on your keyboard, does it open the Start Menu for you?
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17 Feb 2010   #5
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hello Shawn,

Doesn't work for me. I double click on it but nothing happens. Its already unblocked


Any thoughts ??

Captain
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17 Feb 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hi Shyam,

Strange that it is already unblocked.

Where did you download it to, and run the EXE from?

Is UAC turned on?

If you manually press CTRL+ESC on your keyboard, does it open the Start Menu for you?
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17 Feb 2010   #7
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hi Shyam,

Strange that it is already unblocked.

Where did you download it to, and run the EXE from?

Is UAC turned on?

If you manually press CTRL+ESC on your keyboard, does it open the Start Menu for you?
Shawn,

I download it from your Tutorial.
UAC is turned off and YES CTRL + ESC works. I found that really strange that why though of posting it
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18 Feb 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Shyam,

As a test, turn on UAC, restart the computer, and see if it works for you then.

I'm thinking that may be it since you did not have a option to "Unblock" the EXE since you had UAC off. In turn preventing it from running.
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18 Feb 2010   #9
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Shyam,

As a test, turn on UAC, restart the computer, and see if it works for you then.

I'm thinking that may be it since you did not have a option to "Unblock" the EXE since you had UAC off. In turn preventing it from running.

Shawn,

Got it working ... Not sure what happen even turning on UAC didn't make any difference finally opened the Start Menu.exe with Restorator then did a save as then tired it work its a mystery not sure how !! I guess you created it .. Good work !!
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