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How do I recover program icons no longer on my desktop nor Start menu since I installed Windows 7. All programs are still on the HDD but not on the Start menu or Desktop

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Are they in the recycle bin? Are all icons gone? – soandos Apr 5 '12 at 2:49
When you get started face this problem? – avirk Apr 5 '12 at 2:51
Did you have an existing Windows installation that you upgraded to Windows 7? Or is this a fresh install and applications stop appearing? – BBlake Apr 5 '12 at 11:52
As @BBlake shares the same thought, have you recently upgraded Windows (from Vista onwards) and now the entries are missing? Unlike the answer from agc93 below (which is helpful, of course) I believe you shouldn't go straight into using his answer. I fear you may have some corruption somewhere as both desktop shortcuts and Start menu entries are now just "missing" - they go missing if you manually delete them, uninstall the program, have malware or have some corruption in the OS causing items to no longer be seen. – Big Chris Sep 4 '14 at 14:36

If you find the *.exe on your HDD, you can right-click, choose Send To... and then select Desktop (create shortcut) to send a shortcut to the desktop. You can also copy a shortcut into your %USERPROFILE%\Desktop folder if you only want it displayed when you are logged in.

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