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 do I remove the tab Default Programs command object from my Start menu?

I was in my registry (using regedit) to create a backup, I then restarted my computer and noticed a tab saying Default Programs command object. I'm running Windows 8 with StartIsBack. I uninstalled ...
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Enlarge Start Menu in Windows 7

I can only pin 14 links to my Start Menu. When pinning a 15th, it doesn't show in the list. Is there any way to expand the height of the Start Menu so it shows more items? Thanks
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How to prevent CCleaner from wiping Start Menu frequently used applications list?

Every time I use CCleaner to clean my system, regardless to what settings I set up (as far as I could find), it purges my Start Menu most used applications list (the main (lefrmost) column of the ...
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Link to user directory displayed with wrong name in start menu

In the start menu the link to my user directory is displayed with a wrong name e.g. foo When I click on the link in the start menu the explorer opens my correct user directory but the addressbar ...
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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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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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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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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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Customizing Windows 7 Start menu search behaviour

Is there any way of customizing the behaviour of the search bar in the Start menu? It'd be useful to tell it to search particular directories or for particular file types. I used to use Launchy for ...
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Hiding inactive menus in Windows XP's start menu

I don't want the start menu itself hidden, but I'd like to hide menus and programs in "All programs" that aren't used often. Is this possible?
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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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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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Why doesn't Vista create shortcuts in Start menu?

I am using Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit) on a system with 64-bit processor. Whenever I install a PC game, Vista does not create any shortcuts or program folders in "Start Menu -> All Programs". ...
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Can't delete folder from the start menu

I like to keep a tidy start menu on my Windows XP machines. So I was surprised and annoyed when I tried to move root start menu folders for a couple of applications off into designated ...
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How to get a start button in Windows 8? [duplicate]

I briefly helped out a friend, who has an HP laptop (not new). I saw she had a start button for her Windows 8 floating in the corner of her desktop. Is this something HP provided? I didn't get a ...
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How can I duplicate Windows 7 task bar - WITH clock, notification, and start bar on extended desktop?

Windows 8 was a bust, enabled duplicate task bars but no notification area. I've tried UltraMon, and saw some other software but nothing actually duplicates the notification area on an extended ...
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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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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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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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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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Internet Explorer has disappeared from my Start Menu on Windows XP

Internet Explorer has disappeared from my Start Menu. I know it's still "somewhere" because some apps still manage to launch it. However, I have been unable to find an .exe file in order to do a ...
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“Start up” launching two instances of same program

I wrote a simple Windows program and put it in my "Start up" folder on the start menu. But when Windows starts up, it always launches it twice. I get two instances of my program and I always have to ...
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start menu button in windows 8.1

So I got Windows 8.1 and I got A Start menu button back ("Yes Jim, it's a Start menu - but not as we know it!"). Can it be customised to look like the classic Start Menu (for the Desktop) or do I ...
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Have Start button back in Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I turn off Modern UI and get the old Start Menu back in Windows 8? Is it possible to make start menu open by "Start" button in Windows 8? Interface when some ...
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Can I increase Windows 7 start menu vertical size to let more items fit in it?

I hate putting shortcuts/files on desktop as well as crawling through "All Programs" menu any frequently (and I only pin some essential every-day applications to the task bar). So, I put all the ...
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Windows 8: Default start menu to open on second display

I have two monitors and I want to keep it soley on my second monitor. I can do this manually by opening the start menu from the secondary monitor and by default next time I open the start menu it will ...
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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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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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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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Application icon disappears from Taskbar & Startmenu in Windows 7

I just installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate and the first thing I load is always Firefox. This time, however, it appears that Windows cannot locate the program icons for the links in the Start ...
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Windows 7 blank All Programs menu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: All start menu items have disappeared In Windows 7, sometimes the 'All Programs' menu goes completely blank, making it tricky to access installed software. THe search ...
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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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All application disappeared in windows 8 start menu

I had problems lunching windows 8, every time i start the PC, it hands in the Start menu, and i can't do anything (Open desktop or any other application), so i booted in linux, and i cleared the ...
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Search just the apps in Windows 8.1

Is there a way to search just the applications installed in Windows 8.1? In Windows 8 I could do this but the 8.1 search is much wider scoped. I can do things like press Win+W to search settings but ...
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Windows 8.1 new apps on start menu

I want to get icons of the new installed apps directly on my start screen. I don't like to pin every app to my start screen before it's easy to access it. Does someone know how I can do that in ...
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The Windows start menu items don't expand unless I click on it

I use windows 7 Classic Start Menu (Classic Shell) and I set the menu delay to 1 ms: However, from time to time, the Windows start menu items stop to automatically expand on mouseover unless I ...
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How to stop the start menu from dissappering below the taskbar

My start menu has picked up this habit of not fully popping when I click it. It happens at random times and is kinda hard to reproduce it at will. It looks like this: It usually goes back to normal ...
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Disable recent list in Windows 7 start menu only for certain programs

I know that one can disable listing recently used programs in the Windows 7 start menu. I do not want to do this. I need to disable showing recent opening only for a specific program. Can this be ...
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Unable to find Word and PowerPoint in start menu seach

I've recently got a new computer, and was tasked with some basic configuration. I've created 4 accounts, all of them administrators. On one of them, I've created taskbar and desktop shortcuts for ...
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Why are my Administrative Tools not showing after my upgrade from Windows 7?

I'm trying to show my Administrative Tools in the Start menu of my newly upgraded Windows 8 Pro computer. It was initially on Windows 7 Pro. I have gone into Settings » Tiles » Show Administrative ...
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Showing the last opened programs in start menu

What algorithm is used for choosing recently opened programs in Windows 7? How can set Windows so it shows the last opened programs instead of the most frequently opened programs? Is there any ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Programs have disappeared from Windows 7 Start Menu [closed]

I am running (and love) Windows 7 RC1 on my machine. In the first real weird thing I have seen in Windows 7 -- all of my programs have disappeared from the start menu. So if I click the start ...
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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) ...