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Windows 7: "Start" box now empty

05 Feb 2010   #1
quintain

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 
"Start" box now empty

UMMMMM
I think I just broke W7 Home Premium after 3 hours use.
When I now select "Start" the box (left hand sde portion) which should show programmes is empty.
When I click 'All Programs' it re - populates.

I Think during my set up of this new computer yesterday when I tried to install an old version of Photoshop CS3 which initially failed I used a newly downloaded version of CCleaner to remove all CS3 left over files including in the Registry and accepted CC default suggestions to zap.

I'm sure its not a record of breaking W7 but it must be close.

Can any one help and advice me how to get my "Start" prog' to behave itself please.


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05 Feb 2010   #2
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Do you have a system restore point prior to your failed installation?
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05 Feb 2010   #3
quintain

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

nope; I really did everything wrong!!!
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05 Feb 2010   #4
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Does it still show your pictures, music, documents etc.? If all that stuff is still there, can you try manually dragging shortcuts to your list panel?
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05 Feb 2010   #5
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Actually I just did a bit of playing around. If you go into your program files, right click the icon of a program you want to appear in the start menu, and select pin to start menu. When you do that do items stay there?
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05 Feb 2010   #6
ChristianKlint

 
 

Hi mate!
Try the standard troubleshooting, (just type trouble in search bar).

If that doesn't work, let me know.
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05 Feb 2010   #7
quintain

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
Actually I just did a bit of playing around. If you go into your program files, right click the icon of a program you want to appear in the start menu, and select pin to start menu. When you do that do items stay there?
That would work but all my progs are their BUT only show when I click on 'All Progs' button. It seems to be a auto populating problem.
I have also discovered that if I hover the pointer over 'All Progs' for 2 seconds the box is populated.
Documents, Pictures, Video links are all on Right hand side of the box immediately I click on Start button
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05 Feb 2010   #8
quintain

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChristianKlint View Post
Hi mate!
Try the standard troubleshooting, (just type trouble in search bar).

If that doesn't work, let me know.
Thanks, tried that but cannot find anything (so far) to help with this prob.
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05 Feb 2010   #9
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Check the Start menu properties,

Start Menu - Customize

and under #2 make sure that "Store and display...programs" is checked.
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05 Feb 2010   #10
quintain

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks Everyone
With a combination of a little from all of you I now have what I need.
My knowledge of W7 is growing enormously "I really must read the book !!! "
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