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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Disallow app to show MRU items on start menu

Is there a way to block an application from storing most recent used items in the start menu? If not, is there a way to somehow tweak Chrome to disallow it?
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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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VS 2012 missing recent solutions expander in Start menu

I really like the Windows 7 feature of having recent/pinned items for applications directly available in the Start menu through an expander on the right side of the application item. However, for VS ...
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Windows 7, start menu icons are gone [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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? ...
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Windows 7 start menu shrink or tidy

Here and here are a pictures of my Windows 7 start menu; what a waist of space. Can I either make it so that it by default shows "All Programs" as I don't care for "recently used" or, remove that ...
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Start menu entries suddenly missing

I am using Windows 7 x64 SP1 with all updates applied. During the last weeks I observed that some start menu entries / folders suddenly disappeared. Those programs then sometimes can be found using ...
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Extracting Windows 8 Start Screen Patterns

Is there any way to extract the Windows 8 Start Screen patterns, in order to use them as standalone wallpapers on other systems? For example see this screenshot: I am interested in the dark blue ...
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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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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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Machine Names pinned to Remote Desktop in Start Menu disappeared

My Remote Desktop icon is pinned to the Start menu and I had 20 or 30 machine names pinned to it. Sometime in the last week the list disappeared. Anyone know if they can be recovered anywhere?
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How do I turn off Modern UI and get the old Start Menu back in Windows 8?

I just bought a new Windows 8 laptop, but I want to get rid of the new "Modern UI" Start Screen, and get the old Start Menu back. How do I do this?
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How to fix missing icons in the taskbar and start menu? [duplicate]

I installed Visual Studio 2012 yesterday and during the install my path somehow got screwed up1. Since then, the icons for applications that are part of Windows are the default "unknown" icon, but ...
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Shortcuts in Windows XP start menu disappeared

I have a Windows XP Professional. I have a problem with default IE6. I upgraded to IE7 but still had the problem. Then, I used revo uninstaller to uninstall IE7 and back to IE6. I did choose revo ...
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Ghosted computer start button not working

I ghosted a windows 7 pro x86 Optiplex 390 and now the dang start button doesn't work. It recognizes when you hover over it but when you click...nothing. I ran sfc /scannow and it finds errors but ...
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Start menu content has disappeared after reinstalling C: partition

I have Windows 7 64bit with 2 partitions: C:, which is system partition (~100GB) D: partition (~600GB) for programs [I've changed in Windows Registry default directory for new installed ...
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My Start button turned into a plain gray text “Start” button. How can I fix this?

I don't know how it happened, but my Start button has turned to plain text instead of the Windows logo. I don't even know how to Google this problem: Anyone know what could cause this and how I can ...
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Windows 7 is installing Start menu shortcuts to a “test” folder on my desktop

I tidied up my Start menu a while back, organised it into folders and removed programs I do not access. This was also around the time I changed the location of my My Documents/Desktop etc folders via ...
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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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How to find “local users and groups” from the search bar?

I'm using Windows 7 professional. I would like to have the "local users and groups" snap-in icon show up, when I search for search terms like "users" or "groups" or even "local users and groups". ...
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Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Professional

I have installed an application which is not compatible with Windows 7 within Windows XP Mode and it works well. How do I get this application into the Windows 7 start menu, so I don't have to load ...
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How to permanently remove/ban programs from the Start Menu Recent List? -part 2

In another post someone asked the question: How to permanently remove/ban programs from the Start Menu Recent List? (Since manually deleting them will only get them back on once the program is started ...
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Set Windows XP simple start menu via CMD/Registry

We're using temporary user accounts and when logging in, every time the classic start menu is restored. The new two-column start menu is not blocked by policies. I can turn it on manually, but I want ...
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Something Wrong with the start menu on Windows

Whenever I start a maximized window of Google Chrome, my start menu disappears for some reason. The problem isn't just with Chrome. Although it is visible on both Internet Explorer 9 and Opera, the ...
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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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Finding Mail (32-bit) in the start menu

I find myself often visiting the Mail control panel for people I'm helping who use Outlook. However, it never, ever shows up in the start menu for anyones computer: Is there some magic string I ...
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On Windows 7, how can I make the Start Menu search feature include matches from within words, not just the start of the word?

I have a program installed called WinSCP. When I press the Windows key and type "SCP", I get "No items match your search." Is there a configuration option I can set somewhere, so that this item will ...
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Have start menu index applications in places other than program files?

I love the ability to type any phrase into the start menu, and Windows 7 will bring up relevant executables under Program Files. However, I have a separate folder of my own where I store several ...
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Can I open the Start Menu just by hovering over the icon?

I like the CSS hover menus spreading over the internet very much and was wondering if I could do the same to my Start menu, and possibly this one too.
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Windows 7 - remembering past search terms in the start menu. Was I imagining this?

I seem to remember windows 7 being able to remember search strings you've typed in the start menu's search bar. I tend to use that bar to run commands (because it's slightly more convenient than ...
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How to permanently remove/ban programs from the Start Menu Recent List?

There are a number of programs which I always start using other methods e.g. via a desktop shortcut, therefore these programs are just wasting space in my Start Menu. I can manually delete them by ...
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Pin A Folder On Start Menu (Below My Computer) in Windows 7

I have a backup folder under D:\ and I download and keep everything there. I want to access it quickly like My Documents, so I am asking: Is it possible to add a folder to Windows 7 start menu below ...
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Can I move Windows 8 Start menu hot corner?

I like my task bar vertical at the right edge of the screen. This puts the Windows button to the top-right corner, however not the windows hot corner. Is there any way to either move or disable the ...
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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 get execution count of items in start menu recent programs list

In Windows 7, the recent programs list in the start menu appears to be ordered by how often each program is used (or more specifically, launched via the start menu?). Just to satisfy my curiosity, is ...
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How would I specify specific start menu items for a certain user?

I have a member of my family with a user account that I am restricting, I have already added loads of restrictions using the mmc. What I want to know is, is it possible to set up a separate start ...
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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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Norton Internet Security Has Removed All The Shortcuts From My Start Menu?

First the Start Menu shortcuts were there, and then they disappeared. I'm using Norton Internet Security 18.6.0.29. I'm wondering if anyone else has this problem; perhaps it's a setting somewhere in ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu: “Search programs and files”

In Windows 7, after pressing the Win key, you can type keywords to search for programs. How does Windows 7 determine the order of the search results? Sometimes it seems depends on the frequency you ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu / Taskbar shortcut icon issue

I'm running Win7 Ultimate x64, and have Visual Studio 2010 installed. The other day I mis-clicked and deleted the VS2010 program folder; I realised my mistake the next time I started the PC and ...
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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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Search feature in start menu isn't showing start menu shortcuts anymore

For some reason my search in Windows 7 start menu has stopped displaying results from the Programs menu. Any program that was installed that put shortcuts under Start Menu >> Programs used to show up ...
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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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stop the highlighting of certain new programs Windows 7

There are some programs that are highlighted in the start menu because I haven't used them yet. I overall love this feature, but don't want it to apply to a few specific programs. How do I turn it ...
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Windows 7 won't keep my start menu settings (use large icons, # of programs shown)

In Windows 7 on my work computer, I can go to Taskbar and Start Menu properties > Start Menu > Customize... and checkmark Use large icons to get bigger icons in my start menu. I can also change ...
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How can I revert back to the old Start menu in Windows 8 Preview?

I don't like the new Metro UI. Is there any way to get rid of the new Metro UI in Windows 8 Preview and go back to the old Aero UI with its' Start Menu?
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How do I turn off the double-down arrow on Vista menus?

How do I turn off this guy here in the red circle. Endlessly hides stuff I want No obvious way to turn it off No obvious name to make this easy to do a web search for It's just these two arrows ...
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Windows XP Personalized Start Menu: how long until a program is hidden?

Yes, at work we're still on Windows XP. Our Start Menu is also forced to be the Classic Windows 2000-style that hides your programs. So my question is: how long is it until a program is hidden from ...
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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 ...