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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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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Custom folder with subitems in Start menu in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Is it possible to pin a folder containing sub items in the Start menu in Windows 7? I want my custom files to be visible to users via the Start Menu, much like recent files are shown as a sub menu ...
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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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How do I restore the start menu after killing explorer.exe?

In Windows 7 64 bit, I killed explorer.exe, and then via the task manager do file->run "." This method has always caused the start menu to reappear, but right now it doesn't. After killing a rogue ...
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Some Start menu items become unlocalized after sysprep

I successfully deployed Windows 7 on some computers. Now, in the Start menu, some items are in French (the native installation language) and other are unlocalized. I can see Welcome Center and ...
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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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Missing Start Menu programs on Windows XP SP3

I just removed a piece of malware that hides the entire C: drive on my Windows XP SP3 machine. After cleaning it and running unhide.exe from Bleeping Computer, I noticed all the programs in the Start ...
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Windows 7 automatically rearranges the start menu

I've seen so many messages on how to rearrange the Windows Start Menu and none mentioning the real problem in doing so which has been around since XP at least. I go to ...
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When running command from Start > Run, the command exits before I can see the results

When I run certain commands from the Start Menu (Start > Run), the screen closes and exits before I can read the results. If, instead, I run the command in a Command Prompt, the display remains until ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu search not working

There have been a lot of questions like this, however mine differs, so don't lock this one as a duplicate just yet. Others have the problem that they only see categories with missing icons. I'm not ...
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Is there a way for a folder pinned to the start menu have a sub menu listing files?

This question deals with how to pin folders in Windows 7 and Vista since its not enabled by default. I would like to see if its possible to take this one step further and see if I can pin a folder ...
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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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Shortcut to Windows 7 Screen resolution setting other than by right-click on the desktop

I regularly have to access the Windows 7 "Screen resolution" setting on a netbook with many full-screen windows open, often with bogged down CPUs. These are the usual necessary steps I have to ...
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Can I use the Windows 7 Start Menu search box to search files on a server?

I store most of my documents on a file server, and I'd like the Windows 7 Start Menu search box to search them. I don't want them to be available offline -- I've got more space on the server than on ...
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Program Does Not Show Up in Windows 7 Recent Programs

I run the program NetBeans all of the time. It used to always show up in my Windows 7 start menu all of the time. I recently reformatted my laptop and my main computer, downloaded the latest version ...
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Is it possible to have shortcuts appear in the start menu search through a symbolic link?

I have a folder full of stuff that I sync across all my computers and virtual machines. It contains a whole load of stuff, including portable applications. On a new OS installation, I run a batch ...
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Adding Removed Item to Most Often Used Programs List - Windows XP

How do I re-add an item to the Most Often Used Programs list in Windows XP? That is, if I right-click an item in the list and select the Remove from This List options, how do I add it back? Do I ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu Dividers

Is it possible to put dividers in the Windows 7 start menu? If so, how? I'd like to put dividers in the same location as the red line.
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Multiple “My Documents” folders?

I am having the issue, where, I have 2 folders called "My Documents". I recently edited my registry to make "Document" link in the Windows 7 start menu be a FOLDER link and not a LIBRARY link.. Here ...
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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 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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Add programs to Windows 7 Start Menu search

I have some of my programs installed under D:\Program Files I added this path in the "Indexing Options" and now when i type in the search box of start menu does show files from these folders, but ...
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What is the easiest way to open Start menu directory?

On Windows XP I had to right-click the Start button and choose Open or Explorer. How to do that on Windows 7?
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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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Adjusting the number of results for Windows start-menu search

When searching in the start menu search in Windows 7, results often appear categorised. Can the maximum number of results per category can be changed? To clarify with a screenshot, under the ...
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Change order of libraries during start-menu searches in Windows 7

I use the start-menu to launch files (kind of like Launchy or Quicksilver) and the library functionality is really helpful in quickly sorting out what's what. For example, maybe an older copy exists ...
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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 ...
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Changing the Start Menu Power Button - Setting does not work: only (Shut down) is available

This is the second time I've tried to change this setting on a Vista-based operating system and I can't get it to work again. OS: Windows Server 2008 SP2 (not R2) = Microsoft Windows [Version ...
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Can I change the target for the Start button Windows Explorer option?

I changed the target for my desktop Explorer shortcut but have not found a way to change it for the start button (RC) Windows Explorer. I'm assuming it would have to be a registry tweak but I cannot ...
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Start menu 'program' management in Windows 7

In Windows XP, I was able to access to the start menu and organize the programs into their own folders. I could have a game folder and put all the games into it. This made for a much easier ...
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Windows 7 Computer Management Not Accessible

I am having issues trying to access Computer Management from the start menu. The following is a screenshot of exactly how I want to go to computer management. I know that there are other ways to get ...
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Restore monitor detection to one only or restore start menu to bottom

I have a co-worker that is no longer able to see his start menu. He used to have it pinned to the left edge of his screen. I tried to troubleshoot it a bit and discovered if we do Windows + R then ...
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Context menu (right click) not working for start menu items

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and have regular updates, but my context menu (right click doesn't work) for the items in start menu cannot be displayed!! Is there any solution for this? Also, i have ...
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Why Does Vista List All BUT My Recently Used Applications?

I click the start button, then choose "programs" - and Vista lists me all my application shortcuts.. except for the ones I've used recently. I have to click the two down arrows to list my ...
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Unable to use the Context Menu in Windows XP SP3's start menu

After a few months of use (since the last reinstall of Windows XP) my parents' computer's start menu has become typically disordered. The obvious solution to this is to right-click and then 'sort by ...
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Can I make Windows 7 Start Menu search show items in order of most frequently used?

I work as a web applications developer; during the course of a day I open applications a lot. The search box in the start menu that appeared in Vista & 7 has been a godsend. Hit the start key, ...
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Windows 7 libraries missing from start menu?

I was trying to stop an annoying error where renaming a new folder in Windows 7 (Starter OEM via Toshiba) would bring up the dreaded "cannot find item" error. I was lead to uninstall Windows update ...
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Vista start menu stopped functioning after Windows Update

I was asked to run Windows Update on someone's laptop which hadn't been updated since they bought it (no internet access). There were about 500MB worth. Once they finished installing, the start menu ...
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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 do I get rid of the extra options on a pinned program on the start menu

In Windows 7 when I pin certain programs, somehow there is something that allows them to have a sub menu. Examples of this are both Firefox (Enter private browsing) and Chrome (New window, New ...
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recently used programs stopped updating Vista Home Premium 64

For some reason my list of recently used programs has stopped updating. Any program that I "pin" to the start menu remains, but where you would normally expect to see the recent programs is just ...
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Change Windows taskbar toolbars order (sequence) on Win XP

when I create new toolbar on my Windows XP taskbar, it always appears under the 'Language bar' (I have the start menu binded to the left of my screen). Is there a way to change the placement (order) ...
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Hibernate from start menu without disabling hybrid sleep?

It's not something I do often, but yesterday I had to pop out unplanned for a while - a little too long to leave the PC sat on or asleep - and wanted to save what I was in the middle of doing by ...
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All my program icons in Windows 7 have disappeared

All my program icons in Windows 7 have disappeared: What could be causing this? I followed the instructions in this question but it didn't fix them. What can I do?
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Is there a way to change the layout of Windows Start window?

My T60 IBM keeps the start menu on disk instead of in memory after I open a number of programs and don't use the start button for some time. So When I try to access, perhaps, "Connections", it takes ...
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Pinned and recent programs disappeared from start menu

I tried to help out my father, but was unable to fix this: For his account the start menu pinned and recent programs disappeared. Programs can only be started by links on the Desktop or by going via ...
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How to remove items on Windows 7 start menu

Is it possible to remove one of the items on the right side of the Windows 7 start menu? The one with Music, Pictures, Games, Control Panel. If it's not possible, how do I customize the game icon ...
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How do I get rid of the Start Menu “zombie” icon?

Windows 7 has a large icon above the username on the right-hand pane of the Start menu. By default it is a faceless torso in a blue collarless shirt that I call the "zombie icon". (I don't know the ...
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Right click on Start Menu Items on Windows 7 64-bit doesn't work?

I installed Windows 7 64 bit. Earlier, I had the 32-bit Windows. After installing 64-bit Windows, right-clicking the Start Menu items doesn't bring up the context menu! How do I fix this?
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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, ...