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Windows 7: Games folder not showing correctly in Start Menu...

04 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Games folder not showing correctly in Start Menu...


I have a weird problem with the folder called "Games" under programs in the start menu. It is NOT the Games Explorer link I'm having problems with.

The Games folder consists of the following folders:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games (Roaming)
%programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games

It would seem that the Roaming-folder has a localized name (desktop.ini) - in my case "Spil" and that the Programdata folder does not and is called Games.

The weird thing is that the folder in the start menu has always been called "Spil" and not as it is now "Games".

It's an annoying thing and I don't get it - why has this changed? Is there a way to make this folder appear localized again?

Furthermore, I have some games in both folders which have lost their paths to either the Game Explorer or the actual position on the harddrive - I'm thinking I may have a problem with permissions or the registry?

Maybe someone knows of a way to reset this or where to look in the registry or a way to reset permissions on these folders.

Thank you in advance!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

After half a year of waiting for a reply and trying different things I figured it out. So to my own future reference here is the solution:
  • Open the %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder
  • Create a folder named "Games" if not already there
  • Open a command prompt in the Programs folder and type "attrib Games +R"
  • Copy the desktop.ini from the %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games folder
  • Paste the desktop.ini to the %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games folder
And voila! The two localized Games folders magically merge into one localized folder called "Spil" in the Start Menu.

For some reason this folder lost its R-attribute which sometimes happens to the Program Files folder and other system folders as well.

Anyway, hope this helps someone besides myself!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jun 2015   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

Thanks for the tip
I solved by only doing (elevated CMD.exe):
attrib.exe -S -H +R "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Games"
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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