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Windows 7: My "All Programs" folder has been emptied out!

24 Mar 2014   #1
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
My "All Programs" folder has been emptied out!

This evening I switched on the computer to find the "All Programs" folder (on the Start Menu) totally empty except for two folders. Everything else is gone without any trace.

(I am talking about the folder located in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs)

Could this be the result of an uninstallation? Earlier today I uninstalled a backup program called "EaseUS Todo". Could an uninstallation mess with the Start Menu to such a degree?

This is a disaster for me because this is the place where I kept all my shortcuts to essential programs, files and folders, all neatly organized into folders so everything is quick and easy to access. This folder WAS my portal to all my files and programs.

I also wanted to ask people if I am doing something wrong by keeping all my links in this folder which is obviously vulnerable to being wiped? Where do other people keep all their program shortcuts? Is there a better way of doing this? Back in XP days I used a small Quick Launch bar which let me access all my programs from the task bar, but I don't think Windows 7 allows this does it?

For that matter, why has Microsoft never made an operating system with a proper place to have links to all your essential programs, files and folders? The main Start Menu can't be used this way as it only allows a small number of items and they can't be organized into folders.

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24 Mar 2014   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Marty,

Yes, you could still have Quick Launch on your taskbar in Windows 7 if you like.
Quick Launch - Enable or Disable
If you like, the tutorial below can help to restore the default shortcuts in your Start Menu -> All Programs, but any custom shortcuts will still have to be manually added back.
Start Menu All Programs in Windows 7 - Restore Default Shortcuts
Hope this helps some, :)
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24 Mar 2014   #3
Marty McFly

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Who hoo! :) Shawn to the rescue once again. God bless you my friend :)
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24 Mar 2014   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome. :)
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