Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

For the past months no entries are created in startmenu when I install an application. This is truly annoying. Windows is not my main OS so I am kind of at a loss.

The only clue I could find is this:

THE SOLUTION IS HERE!What solved the issue was to add Authenticated Users back to the profiles of all files on the system. This may not be the way thing originally were setup but when I copied an outlook folder from Vista OS to my Win 7 OS (both are on my PC) is when the Authenticated Users rights went away. In addition I had to go back into start menu properties and select custom and re-enable Administrative Tool which also went away at some point. Everything is back to normal now.

But I don't really know what this guy is saying.

Anyone with a clue stick, please smack me hard with it.


Here are screencaps of permissions for start menu folder. All permissions out of view are disabled. It seems adding write permissions may be the way to go, but I am not really sure ...

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here

share|improve this question
Just who is "this guy" anyway, and where did he post this? Perhaps your user profile is corrupt. Are you using an admin account? Do you have other user accounts on the PC? If not, try creating one and see if the same behaviour can be replicated when you log into it and install a new as-yet not installed program. – Karan May 17 '13 at 2:11
@Karan -… , last comment in thread. – stefgosselin May 17 '13 at 2:13
that is some pretty bad advice. the authenticated users group is very broad, and doing so would significantly reduce system security. for your problem, are you installing the applications for all uses or just for your user? – Frank Thomas May 17 '13 at 4:14
@FrankThomas - I tried installing for all users and even as adminstrator, to no avail. – stefgosselin May 17 '13 at 13:22
do you have a folder at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu and what are its permissions? – Frank Thomas May 17 '13 at 14:19

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .