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Windows 7: Start Menu - Show All Programs automatically

20 Aug 2009   #11
angryelf

Windows 7 (perfer Linux though)
 
 

Has anyone made any headway in this particular area? I'm trying to just find even information on a registry key for the "all programs" button if possible and then working it from there.

This forum has some info on a few of the keys for the start menu (obviously this is working a diffrent problem...but I think the info may be able to be applied).

Blank All Programs on Start menu in Windows 7 - Windows Software


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21 Aug 2009   #12
winsev

Windows 7-RC
 
 

If I had to take a guess I would say it would have to be somewhere in one of these folders.
Code:
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2655764865-3007224258-3837550340-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Code:
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-2655764865-3007224258-3837550340-1000\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage
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21 Aug 2009   #13
VirtualPenguin

Windows 7 Professional x86 (RTM)
 
 

Windows 7 Classic Start Menu - Windows 7 Forums

This should be what you want, right?
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22 Aug 2009   #14
angryelf

Windows 7 (perfer Linux though)
 
 

@winsev, Thanks for the registry key's I'll take a look at those in addition to the ones I already identified, and report back on the function (been digging, and plan on continuing to).

@VirtualPenguin, thanks for responding. Really I do appreciate the assistance both for the little rabbit hole I'm traveling down, and for helping the original poster of the article. But, sadly I myself am not looking for a 3rd party application to solve this issue. Others may be. I've seen and tried CSmenu as well as others menu apps before posting here. I really just want to find a pure reg edit solution that can be scripted (as a third party menu app is not going to be sufficient in a professional office deployment. This is just my opinion). I'm operating under the assumption, or at least the suspicion that one of these situations maybe a hold a possible path to the desired solution;

A: the "recent programs" list is controlled by/contains a registry key that can be redirected to a different location (such as the program shortcut directory). A long shot, and I'm a bit doubtful this is the case but it's the cleanest solution. (requires confirming the “recent programs” key)

B. There is a way to add an entry (dword) to the key that controls the "all programs" button in start that sets it to active (simulates a mouse click) permanently. This is not as clean in my opinion as option A, but would accomplish

the desired result. (need to identify the key for the “all programs” button if one even exsists).


My current work around is to “send to (create shortcut)” the entire program shortcut directory to the desktop, then move each program (one at a time) to the start menu and “pin” them (after seeting recen items to “0”). This works, but is time consuming. The “recent” list is useless in my opinion, and not very functional to our particular users. I'll admit that I'm coming back to Windows from Ubuntu, and have learned to manipulate GNOME extensively over the last few years since Vista's release (having said that I'm aware I may be expecting too much). But still, I've got a fair bit of experience in the Windows environment, and I'm sure there is a way (via a registry key or otherwise) to accomplish desired result (a .reg file that can be run on a new system and correct/change the start menu function post install).
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22 Aug 2009   #15
winsev

Windows 7-RC
 
 

There's a registry item called "IStartMenuPinnedList" (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Interface\{4CD19ADA-25A5-4A32-B3B7-347BEE5BE36B})


if you find a fix please tell us
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23 Aug 2009   #16
themathguy

Win 7
 
 

I'll add my name to the list of folks that would like to see this.

It should be automatic if the recent items are disabled.
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02 Dec 2009   #17
arielphf

Windows 7
 
 

I'll third this request. I have customized the menu about as much as I can, but I still have no use for the 'recent items' and resent that I can't remove it. If MS won't let us have a Windows Classic menu in 7, can they at least let us customize what they do have so that it meets our needs?

Ariel
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02 Dec 2009   #18
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Ariel, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For a classic Start Menu, you might see if CSMenu will give you what you wanted instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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03 Dec 2009   #19
arielphf

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks, Brink.

I did try CSMenu and like it very much, but the freeware version was not customizable and I'm always tweaking my menu. Otherwise, it would work brilliantly! Can you customize the Pro version?

Ariel
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03 Dec 2009   #20
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ariel,

I think the pro version only includes Aero in it, but you can try it to see as a trial shareware though.
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