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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Start Menu freezes when highlighting 'All Programs'

Hey all, A friends machine is lagging for about 30 seconds when they highlight 'All Programs'. A gray box popus up where the program menu would be, but it doesnt populate for nearly 30 seconds. ...
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Replace start menu list of recently used program with contents of a folder

Is it possible to replace the list of recently used programs with a list of all the files in my downloads folder? I hardly ever use that list as to access programs; I either have them pinned to my ...
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Display large icons in the Windows 7 Start Menu under “All programs”

I'm trying to setup my tablet PC as a "tablet ready" computer. One of the annoyances is the small icons within the "All programs" section of the Start Menu. Under Windows 7, is there a way to tell ...
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Can I shrink the size of the Windows 7 start menu?

I have removed a lot of things from the Windows 7 start menu that I don't use, and now I want to make the start menu smaller. Refer to the image below to see what I mean. There is a lot of empty ...
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How to remove Taskbar and Start Menu option from the start menu?

On XP's "classic start menu" under settings there is an item Taskbar and Start Menu, it's also in the control panel, is there an easy way to remove this but only from the start menu, preferably by ...
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How to edit the applications listed in the Windows 10 Start menu

I'm using the Windows 10 Technical Preview with the Start menu. When you access the All Apps section of the menu, some of my programs are listed and some aren't, some programs remain there after I ...
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Cannot edit start menu links

Any changes to this folder c:\Users\Me\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu\ have no effect in the start menu Shortcuts that I copy there manually ...
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Wipe out and recreate XP Mode start menu entries in Windows 7

Windows XP Mode start menu entries are duplicated into the Windows 7 start menu. I removed and rearranged the entries somewhat in XP Mode. They're still showing up in Windows 7 start menu. I would ...
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Linking to an External Folder of Shortcuts in Windows 8.1 Start Menu

I'm trying to add a folder to my start screen using symbolic links. I can't seem to get any linked folders to show up. Here is what I tried first: cd "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start ...
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Windows Start Menu position

Is there a way to change position of my start menu in Windows 7? When I press the Start button, or Windows button on my keyboard, it opens the start menu with default position bottom left, just above ...
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How to include custom *network* locations for indexing in Start Menu search?

Hemant asked How to include custom locations for indexing in Start Menu search?, which asks how he can get Windows Vista/7 to include his custom D:\Utils folder in Start Menu search. I have a similar ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diagnosing Windows 7 Start Menu search delay

When I enter a search term into my WIndows 7 Start Menu search bar, it invariably takes 20 seconds before returning any results. I don't understand why this is taking so long. What can I make the ...
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Win 8.1: How to get “All Programs” menu?

Applications designed for operating systems prior to Windows 8.1 (eg. XP, Win 7) will often create folders and shortcuts in Programs or All Programs from the Start menu. How can you access these ...
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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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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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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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Right click context menu on Windows 7 start menu shows up but does nothing

I have a new Windows 7 box and I'm seeing some weird behaviour in the Start Menu. The menu itself looks fine: there are Recent Items and Pinned Items. If I left click on any item it opens as ...
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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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Start button, charms bar not working after registry clean

I used Advanced System Optimizer in Windows 8.1 to do a system scan, clean registry, defragment disk etc. Now start button and the button on bottom right that shows the desktop doesn't do anything ...
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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 ...