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Windows 7: Configure start menu "all programs" to be pop out menu like Windows XP

06 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Configure start menu "all programs" to be pop out menu like Windows XP

Anyone know if there is a way to configure the Windows 7 start menu "all programs" to be a pop out menu like Windows XP? I prefer is that way because it can show all items at once without needing to scroll.

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06 Mar 2011   #2
Orbital Shark



You can't do it in-house but there are several 3rd party apps that can get your Windows 7 Start menu looking & behaving just like XP.

One such app is CSMenu

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06 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

i don't want my whole start menu to look like xp, just the "all programs" section. is there a way?
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06 Mar 2011   #4
Orbital Shark


Ok, I think I know what could help...

1. Open regedit and go to following keys one by one:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
2. Now you'll need to change the value of Favorites string value in right-side pane to:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
Change C: to your system drive, where windows is installed in your system.

3. That's it. Log off or restart your system and now "Favorites" link in start menu will change to "Programs" and will show all program shortcuts installed in your system just like XP start menu does.

NOTE: If you can't see the new menu in startmenu, you'll need to enable "Favorites Menu" from Taskbar Properties -> Start Menu -> Customize.

4. You can also disable the All Programs button in start menu. Open regedit and goto:
In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value NoStartMenuMorePrograms and set its value to 1
Now log off or restart your system and the final output will look as following:

Configure start menu "all programs" to be pop out menu like Windows XP-favorites.png

Not 100% what you're after but works as a good alternative wgile I look into it in more detail

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home 64, Vista Ultimate 64

Classic Shell can do this. See this thread: ANN: Classic Shell 2.8.1 is out (cascading All Programs and more)
BTW, Classic Shell is now at version 3.0 and is not in beta state anymore. Make sure you download the latest version.
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06 Mar 2011   #6
Orbital Shark


Another option is...

First make sure to have your My Documents folder displayed as a Menu on the Start Menu
  • Right-Click Start Menu and Select Properties
  • From the Start Menu Tab, click Customize...
  • Search for the Documents item and check Display as a Menu. Apply and go back to Desktop.
Now we are going to include the Programs folder in that list and remove (if you want) the Documents folders.
  • Click the Start Menu and Right-Click the Documents item on the right-hand list. Select Properties.
  • Click Include a Folder... and navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu\Programs. Click Include Folder.
  • If you wish you can now remove the two documents folders by selecting them one at a time and clicking Remove. Don't worry. You can see a Restore Defaults button down that dialog box which will put everything back in place in case you don't like it.
  • Accept your changes.
One final touch
  • Right-Click The Documents item onthe Start Menu again and select Rename.
  • Rename it to Programs.
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