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I just made a fresh install of my windows 7 home premium using my laptop's recovery disks (HP Pavilion dv6-2151cl) using minimal settings. After install, I set up "Program Data" and "Users" to my D partition to save space changing the folders in the registry. Then I updated windows (including W7 SP1), and installed all other programs.

After installing all other programs I noticed that the icons of all new programs (not included in the windows install) in "All Programs" had a blank sheet as icon and they don't do anything. Looked into "D:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" in the windows explorer and the same is true there. All the shortcuts in C: and "D:\Users..." work both in the "Windows Explorer" and "All Programs".

Also I noticed that the shortcuts do display the right icons inside the "open" dialog boxes. And if I copy the shortcuts in "D:\Program Data..." to the desktop they also work as expected.

I checked file association for .lnk and it was OK, but also tried the registry fixers for this file association and they had no effect. There are no missing programs that I can tell in the "All Programs" menu, the just don't do anything if they lay in "D:\Program Data...".

Any thoughts on how to make Windows 7 treat shortcuts in "D:\Program Data..." as they should?

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If you double click on the shortcut, what happens? – soandos Apr 9 '12 at 4:11
    
I must be tired, because I can't comprehend this question at the moment.. xD Also, by 'Program Data' I assume you mean the AppData folders, which are set in your system environment variables.. should those be changed accordingly? Although, that would adversely effect some other programs / processes – cutrightjm Apr 9 '12 at 4:52
    
When I double click on the shortcuts located in "D:\Program Data\..." nothing happens. But if I double click on shortcuts located in "D:\Users\..." or "C:\Program Data\..." they work as expected – Kevin Apr 9 '12 at 15:03

answers.microsoft.com gave me this answer which fixed the problem for me:

You may run the fix it and check. Diagnose and repair Windows File and Folder Problems automatically http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_file_and_folder_diag/en-us

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