The Start Menu is the Windows menu introduced in Windows 95 as the default gateway to installed applications and the operating system.

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Registry Key Controlling Start Button in Windows 8.1?

This is related to How to hide “Start” button in Windows 8.1?. I've got the useless, castrated, Microsoft provided start menu next to a 3rd party start menu. I'd like to remove Microsoft's useless, ...
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'All Programs' Shortcuts are missing

Using Windows 7, when I go to Start -> All Programs I can see the full structure and all of the shortcuts, but when I click on one, nothing happens. I navigated to: ...
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Program (still) does not show up in windows 7 recent programs

I use Wunderlist (v2) a lot. I would like it to show up in my recent programs list on Windows 7, and I don't want to pin it to the top. But no matter how many times I run it, it does not show up on my ...
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Transfer Win8 user settings between profiles [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I sync grouped Windows Store apps between devices? Is there a way for me to copy/save/transfer my "start menu" configuration, meaning the grouping and ordering of ...
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How can I restore Start Menu behaviour when clicking folders? (default shell)

I was experimenting with default open handlers for folders (to use an alternative file manager), so messing with HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Folder, Drive and Directory I was able to change the default ...
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Possible to make the Windows 8 start menu less fancy for VNC?

I use Windows 8 on a virtual machine through a VNC connection. The VNC server is integrated into VMWare so that even if I lose network connection on Windows 8, I can still access it. Overall, my ...
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In Windows 7, is there any way to pin a shortcut to the start menu or taskbar?

In Windows 7, is there any way to pin a shortcut to the start menu or taskbar? It appears if only programs can be pinned. I'd like to pin a shortcut to a program that specifies some arguments.
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How to get back start menu in Windows 8 Release Preview?

How to get the start menu back in Windows 8 Release Preview? Previous registry trick don't work for windows 8 release preview. Also ViStart is very slow and take much time on each startup. EDIT: If ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu Search Box missing

I have restarted my windows 7 ultimate x32 OS for couple of times and i still cannot see searchbox in my start menu. I searched it little bit and i applied this solution but it still doesn't appear. ...
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How to get the Classic Start Menu in Windows 7?

Classic start menu is simple and efficient, but the Vista style start menu gets in the way from letting me get on with what I want to do. It also has features I don't want, such as an irritating ...
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All Programs is missing program shortcuts in Windows 7 RC 7100

I've tried to find a fix for this using the 'so disorganized and overly loud' phpBB hell forums and to no avail. On my Windows 7 Build 7100 when I click Start > All Programs I don't see any of my ...
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Add a custom category to the “All Apps” part of Windows 8's Start Menu

How do I add a custom category to the "All Apps" part of the Windows 8 Start Menu? I've tried simply adding a folder to both C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start ...
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Start and Charm Bar don't work sometime

I am using window 8.1 pro 32bit. For a couple of weeks, I have encountered some problems with the Start button and Charm bar. Generally, when I put mouse on Start button, it turns black and then I can ...
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Set the Start Menu to default-select the first item on the list?

I love the Start menu Search in Windows 7. Usually, for me, the first search result is always the one I want, but annoyingly, the default selection is always "Show more results". I understand why ...
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Start menu links to folders instead of libraries

By default, in Windows 7 start menu the item "Documents" opens a library containing current user's documents folder and public documents. I'd like to change that behavior to open current user's ...
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Change Windows 7 start menu height depending on monitor size?

I know I can change the height of the Windows 7 Start Menu so that includes more or fewer recently used apps, etc. But I have a netbook with a tiny screen that I plug into a decent sized LCD most of ...
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How to add My documents shortcut to the right-hand column on the start menu?

How do I add "My documents" (or other folder shortcuts) to the right column (grey-tinted) on the start menu in Windows 7?
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Recycle bin in Windows start menu search

Is there some way to add a Recycle Bin entry to the Windows start menu's search? Click for full size Note I'm asking for something that will come up at the top when a part of Recycle Bin is typed, ...
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Windows 7 has broken icons that look the same

My daughter has done something to her Windows 7 PC, but I'm not sure what and she can't quite remember. She is not an Administrator on her machine so it perturbs me that she has broken it so well. ...
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How can I make Windows 7's Start Menu look-and-feel like Windows XP's?

The reason for this is that I got accustomed to navigating the Start Menu with the keyboard, and I find that this is more efficient. I tried importing the following .reg file, which helped with ...
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Start > Run autocomplete list is populated with non-MRU and non-existent files

If I go to Start > Run and type d:, the autocomplete list is populated with lots of files which have long since been deleted from d: and that I have never run via Start > Run (should not be in MRU). ...
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Why do pinned items show up twice in the Windows 7 start menu?

My start menu has two entries for Firefox. I pinned Firefox to the start menu. One shortcut is from the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder, and the other from ...
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How do you undo a Windows XP “Remove from this list”?

How do you undo a Windows XP "Remove from this list"?
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How to make an program (.exe file) visible when search from start menu

I often open a program by opening Start menu and type in the, e.g. word for opening MS Word. But sometimes there are programs that do not need to install and just run directly from disk, e.g. ZoomIt, ...
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On Windows XP, Start > Run “My Documents” sometimes doesn't work

On all of my home computers, I can enter my documents into the Start > Run prompt and the My Documents folder of the current profile will open up. What's more, I can continue typing subfolders, ...
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Is it possible to combine groups of programs in the start menu, due to overcrowding

I'm running Windows XP Home Edition..Heres's my dilemma. When I click Start > All Programs, I have so many programs installed I'm almost at the end of the fourth row. I don't want to cross that ...
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Why can't I create or pin a Folder to the Start menu?

I created a folder in the 'Open All Items' folder, at the same level as Programs, but it shows up under All Programs. I really want it to appear in the pinned area at the top of the start button menu. ...
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Custom App Folder

I am trying to figure out if I can create a custom menu in the start menu. I would like to create a menu something like this, but for some custom apps that we use in house. Below are an example of a ...
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Uninstalling a program doesn't remove shortcuts from Start menu

This problem started very recently after a system restore. Each time I uninstall a program, it uninstalls correctly but the shortcuts remain in the Start menu. I can easily delete them by ...
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Are JumpList items stored securely from other users on Windows-7?

I would like my application to make use of the StartMenu jumplist and I would like to know whether the items are somehow visible to other PC users as well? Thank you
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Start Menu right-side items missing in Windows Vista

A Windows installation under my care has suddenly started behave rather erratically. One of the user profiles now has a Start Menu where all the right-side items are missing. There's another user ...
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How to pin GnuCash to the Windows 7 Start Menu?

It's not possible via the "normal" means because the "Pin to Start Menu" is not displayed for the GnuCash link. I suspect it's got something to do with the fact that GnuCash on Windows is started via ...
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How to make the start menu find a program based on a custom keyword?

I am searching for a way to type a keyword in the start menu Search programs and files field and that it will return the application that match the keyword. An example will better explain this: ...
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Is it possible to sort the contents of the “All Programs” portion of the Start Menu?

I know it's possible to do this in the classic start menu, but wanted to know if the same could be done in the regular start menu.
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“My Documents” as the first class citizen in “Documents” in Windows 7

In windows 7, you can have a "Document" as a menu on the "Start Menu". However, it lead to sub-items "My Documents" and "Public Documents". As well as only me is using my notebook, "Public ...
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Dual monitor setup cuts off “All Programs…” menu on bottom

I have a dual monitor setup under Win XP SP3 at work, a laptop screen at 1280x800 and a LCD at 1280x1024. The LCD is set up as the primary monitor because it has more space and is larger, and the ...
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How to Edit the Windows 8.1 Start Screen for all users (removing defaults / adding a non-installer programs)

I am trying to do two things in Windows 8.1: Add a new program to the Start Menu of all users. This is an app that was added without using an installer (Eclipse). Remove defaults that are part of ...
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Windows key not bringing up start menu

As the title specifies, my windows key does not open my start menu at the moment. windows+tab does the cascading tabbing of applications, windows+e opens explorer, windows+t loops through my task bar, ...
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Missing Items from Start Menu

I used to be able to search/open items from my start menu, but recently items have gone "missing". Example: I used to be able to hit the start menu, type "iis" and the top item would be iis manager ...
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Different keyboard shortcut for Windows 8 start screen

By default, the Windows key will go to the start screen on Windows 8. But I'm using this program called Pokki that adds a classic Windows-like (pre-Win 8) start menu to Windows 8. And I've enabled the ...
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How can I replace function of shutdown button with hibernate?

I want my PC to hibernate when I press shutdown (exactly shutdown button) but I don't know how can I modify something like registry or group policy to achieve my goal. Is there any way to do that?
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Windows 7 - Why can I not edit the Start > All Programs Menu if I am an Administrator?

I want to move around some items in my Windows 7 Start > All Programs Menu, but Windows does not allow me to do so, even though my User Account is an Administrator Account (it is, in fact, the only ...
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Windows 8 tiles show up blank

Why is this happening and how can I fix it? I tried turning live updates in tiles on and off but that didn't work. Reinstalling apps also didn't work.
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Is it possible to COMPLETELY replace the start menu?

I plan to make a replacement for the Windows 7 start menu, and I would like to know if that's even possible. I understand that the start menu is part of explorer.exe but I do not intend to replace ...
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Programs & Administrative Tools have disapeard from my Windows 7 Start Menu

All of the programs from my Start Menu in Windows 7 have somehow disappeared. They aren't in the start menu folder that's in AppData folder, either. Also, the Administrative Tools don't show either. ...
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How to fix an ancient Windows XP start menu bug?

I dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows XP. I still use Windows XP for some old software, but I never allow it to go online - the ethernet drivers are disabled in case I forget to power off the cable modem. ...
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How do I get the Kubuntu Application menu to appear above its button

Just installed a fresh Kubuntu 11.04 (plus wifi and nvidia drivers). Got a weird but annoying issue whereby my App Launcher menu is appearing at the top of my screen when I click the button for it at ...
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Change position of “All Programs” button on start menu

I currently have my taskbar set to the left side of my screen (which gives more vertical screen estate on a wide screen monitor) One minor annoyance is that the start button is now in the top left ...
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Remove Pictures Entry from Start Menu

I want to remove the Pictures item from the topmost section of the Windows-7 Start Menu, but there is no option to do so in the Tasbar and Start Menu Properties dialog. Expected: Actual: There ...
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Uninstall doesn't remove/delete program folder from Start menu

When I want to upgrade a installed program, usually it looks so that I first uninstall the old version and install the new version of program. Uninstalling a program is not successful entirely, it ...