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All start menu items have disappeared

Somehow, i don't know why, start menu lost most of it's programs stored at "all programs". is there an easy way to restore them? After looking here

%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

and here

%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

i realized that shortcut files aren't deleted, but it seems that start menu needs to "refresh" itself... How to solve my problem?

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marked as duplicate by EBGreen, Canadian Luke, Randolph West, Dave M, Nifle Sep 14 '12 at 20:19

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

Try typing: regsvr32 /i shell32.dll in the run box. – user142485 Sep 14 '12 at 18:56
I've seen this before after some malware was installed. Update your anti-virus and do a full system scan. You might have to repair the Windows install afterwards and/or re-install the applications that have missing shortcuts. – Ed Manet Sep 14 '12 at 18:57
Probably you have used some thrid party program to substitute or customize the Startmenu, such as Start Menu 7 o ClassicShell or you hacked some registry such as HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders. Have a look here:… – skan Oct 29 '13 at 19:17

You should probably run Malware Bytes or SpyBot S&D to make sure there isn't any (malware/spyware/adware) messing with your system. A free online scan at eSet just to make sure its clean might be a good idea.

Here is the important part; Once you know the system is clean, open an elevated command prompt and run SFC /SCANNOW to run the System File Check. When it is done, reboot and see if things are back to normal.

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