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Windows 7: Start Menu and Search

28 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
Start Menu and Search

I am having issues with searching for program shortcuts in Windows 7. When i type in a shortcut name in the search field on the start menu, nothing appears. Files and Control panel applets do appear though but no program shortcuts located under the C:\Programdata\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu folder.

The OS is Windows 7 Enterprise RTM 64 bit.

I have confirmed that the user that is having the issue does have read and execute rights to these shortcuts because they appear in the start menu and in the appropriate folder.

This is in a corporate environment so the local hard disk has restricted settings on it via group policy. They include the following:

Hide these specified drives in My Computer Restrict C drive Only

Prevent access to drives from My Computer Restrict C Drive Only.

Please see below the tasks i have done.

-Confirmed the index options settings and the start menu is listed.
- Rebuilt the index and the same issue applies

Any help would be appreciated because this is starting to frustrate me!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2012   #2

windows 7 professional

I have the same problem...wondering why no one else has addressed the problem in this thread. I also confirmed that the start menu is included in the Windows index and have rebuilt the index, but searches from neither the start menu search box nor using the Ctrl-F search will return any of the shortcuts in the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu folder and subfolders. Is there a way to include this folder tree in searches?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise N SP1 (x64)

This had happened to me before. My solution was to create shortcuts in the menu folder. I'm using 7 enterprise (I'm the admin)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

10 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64 Creators Update

Why are you searching for program shortcuts ? All your shortcuts are listed in all programs.
If you use it often, pin it to the taskbar or start menu.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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