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Windows 7: Start Menu Programs Disappeared

25 Jul 2009   #11
RyanB

Windows 7 Home Premium (in French)
 
 

So everyone who make an upgrade from Vista to Seven will have to create a new account (which by the way hasn't solve the problem for me) so that its Start Menu work again ? Great. Thanks anyway.


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19 Aug 2009   #12
surogatu

Win 7 RC1
 
 

Right-click "All Programs" and UNcheck the two options under "Start Menu" - "Privacy".
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19 Aug 2009   #13
surogatu

Win 7 RC1
 
 

Ok! I'll have to be more specific, because it worked after I unchecked the two options, but after a restart, "All Programs" disappeared again.

The problem appeared after I installed "Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2009", witch includes "Learning Essentials for Students" (a program to learn tricks with Office 2007). This "Learning Essentials" is known to be a naughty program, with side-effects. So, I deleted its shortcut from C/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/.

Now, evrething works fine, including "All Programs" from "Start".

P.S.: I think the problem was caused by a special kind of shortcut. I will see...
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19 Aug 2009   #14
surogatu

Win 7 RC1
 
 

Me, again!
You only need to remove enough shortcuts from C/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/. It seems that, in Windows 7 RC1, the number of shortcuts in "All Programs", from "Start", is limited to something just under 100. (You can see "ProgramData" only if you check "Show hidden files, folders and drives", in "Control Panel" - "Folder options" - "View").
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02 Oct 2009   #15
dangherciu

windows7 64 bit
 
 
Perhaps a solution...

Hello!
I issued the same strange thing! I fixed it quite fast deleting the last program entry in the Start menu / Programs folder - And I mean the last program that was installed in the computer ...no need to reboot or to modify the registry... nothing!
I hope this will be helpful for you also!
Of course ..you'll have to remember the last installed software... )
Yours sincerely
P.S: In my case it was Cain&Abel...
Best regards!
Dan
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11 Oct 2009   #16
catherine

Wndows 7 Build 7100
 
 
Local Policy Snafu?

I was mucking about in MANY places using Admin Tools.
For the life of me I cannot remember EVERYPLACE I went.

But i ended up disabling Privacy in the Start Menu and therefore Jump Lists?
Where was I, and how do I get the Privacy Section enabled again?

blonde on blonde???
Catherine


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12 Oct 2009   #17
catherine

Wndows 7 Build 7100
 
 
done fooling around....maybe?

I found it. I was in gpedit.msc.

Local Group Policy Editor.
Administrative Templates
Start Menu and Taskbar.

The policy that I "configured?' was "Turn off user tracking".
I returned it to its default state "Not Configured.
The Privacy option is now enabled.

never mind...
Roseanne Rosannadanna


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23 Oct 2009   #18
commons

win 7 rc
 
 

i doubt.

maybe, maybe not.

over last months it happened way too often. & causing effect is _always_ installation of some new software. even recommended software.

so, humbly, by now... i create system-restore point before adding software. if that particular software creates "loss" of start-menu - ...
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23 Oct 2009   #19
Snufffed

 

I have found that also, but I have found also that ea time i install a program i reboot, then I no longer have this problem.

Win7 clean install this afternoon, all was fine. installed 3 new programs and nothing appeared and I lost one that was there.
rebooted, one I had lost appeared. installed again #2, rebooted - it showed, installed #3 rebooted ok, installed #4 rebooted ok, so now I reboot after ea install of a new program. No longer loose any thing in start menu.
Win 7 Professional.
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22 Nov 2009   #20
Geoffro

Windows 7 RC x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by surogatu View Post
Me, again!
You only need to remove enough shortcuts from C/ProgramData/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/. It seems that, in Windows 7 RC1, the number of shortcuts in "All Programs", from "Start", is limited to something just under 100. (You can see "ProgramData" only if you check "Show hidden files, folders and drives", in "Control Panel" - "Folder options" - "View").
This is the fix, it worked for me anyway.

Running Win7 RC x64, and yeah all of a sudden it went blank like a post
on the previous page showed. I'm used to having hundreds of things in
there from XP so I just tipped that Windows 7 limit of 100 or so.. it didnt take
many removals for it to come back, no reboot necessary - so thanks surogatu
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