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Windows 7: Almost all software shortcut gone in Start menu>Program files

12 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Pro
Almost all software shortcut gone in Start menu>Program files

I left my computer on throughout the night while trying to format an external HD. When I woke up this morning I noticed the most common software used are games. When I check the folders in the program files (start menu directory), I see the folders, but the shortcut contents are all "(empty)". However when I open windows explorer>Program files I see the the programs are there in the folder, so I could still use it it if I double click it. Is there a way to correct the shortcut back in the start menu? I'm not sure why this happens.

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12 Aug 2011   #2

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

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13 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit Pro

Nice tip there. I ended up doing a clean install. Will keep this info in future
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