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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Windows 7 Windows Update shortcut in Start/All Programs missing (deleted)

I have deleted the Windows Update Shortcut found in the All Programs list. I would like to reinstall it, but cannot seem to find the correct method. Any assistance will be sincerely appreciated! Thank ...
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Windows start menu pops up automatically without me pressing anything

My Start Menu keeps popping up randomly. This is very annoying while playing competitive games, because the game automatically exits. I am not pressing the Windows key (or any other key) when this ...
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How to pin programs to the left part of the Start menu? [duplicate]

I want to pin programs to the left part of the Start menu, under the username, the same way as it worked in Windows 7. The area is completely empty (normally it would house the most used programs, but ...
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Windows 10 puts my first and last name to lock screen. How to avoid this?

After upgrading to Windows 10, I see my LastName and FirstName on the lock screen. Is there a way to change this? On Windows 8.1 there was just my nickname and email address (maybe there were my first ...
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Windows start/jump bar icons are too small

I just installed windows 10 and everything looks fine and nicely scaled, except for the jump bar. The icons don't fill the complete height of the bar, and look a bit lost... Any idea how to fix ...
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“Pin to Start Menu” option is unavailable to one program, but is available to others, in windows 7

I want to pin a program to the start menu, but the option "Pin to Start Menu" is not available when right clicking the link to the program. The option is available when right-clicking other programs. ...
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How to start a program using the keyboard when task bar isn't at the bottom?

I just noticed that whenever the task bar (the thing where Win and the clock reside isn't at the bottom (I prefer to keep it at the top or to the right), I can't type in the name of the program that I ...
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How can I completely remove the Windows 7 start menu user picture? [duplicate]

How can I remove this picture: I've tried this without any luck.
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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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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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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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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 done?...
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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 ...
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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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Is there any way to hide the taskbar on the full screen start menu?

Is there any way in Windows 10 to hide the taskbar on the full screen start menu mode? I want to hide it so It can looks like Windows 8
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Can't pin files to taskbar after downgrade to Win7

This has happened to three computers so far: Upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Downgraded back down to Windows 7 Files that were previously pinned to app in taskbar have disappeared Dragging ...
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Change width of each “panel of tiles” in Win10 Start Menu

There are plenty of guides that show you how to change the width of the start menu. But it seems it only can grow or shrink in width from the size of each "panel" (or folder or column) of tiles. For ...
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Glitched start menu in classic theme after removing Windows Search

I use the classic theme in Windows 7 (SP1, 64-bit, Ultimate Edition), and have recently uninstalled the Windows Search feature via the control panel since I don't like the search box in the start menu,...
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How can I add an EXE to windows 10 All App list (without pinning to start menu)

I want to add an EXE which is not installed to the All App list in Windows 10, in the All Apps section. I tried this: How to add exe to start menu in Windows 10? However, that seems to have pinned ...
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Can't launch apps from windows 10 start menu search results

I've been having all sorts of problems with the start menu on my Windows 10 Pro 64 system. A week or so ago my start menu stopped launching. I followed all the guides to fix that. In the end I ...
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Windows 10 ShellExperienceHost crashes

I recently cloned my Windows 10 partition from HDD to SSD. I cannot open the Start Menu, Notifications, or anything that uses ShellExperienceHost. This includes things like the Calculator app, Edge ...
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Windows 7 etc.: where do items in the “Search programs and files” box come from?

NB this question Windows 7 Start Menu: "Search programs and files" is only asking about the order of these items. First point: I am a mouse-hater. I am not interested either in bringing up ...
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Windows 10 taskbar/start menu problems Version: 10.0.10586 Build 10586

I always had this problem and I thought clean reinstall would fix it, but that isn't the case. I reinstalled windows 10 x64 yesterday and today I'm already facing the same issue.This doesn't always ...
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Windows 10 start-menu/taskbar/desktop issue

I'm not sure if this was caused by a random string of keystrokes I entered or what, but my start menu and taskbar now look kind of strange: I had pretty much the default before. As you can see, all ...
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Windows 7 keeps highlighting a particular item in start menu

Windows 7 highlights newly installed items in start menu. When I click/run the newly installed item from the start menu, windows removes the highlight. I am fine with this behavior. But sometimes ...
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Clicking anything in Start menu crashes Explorer [closed]

Whenever I try clicking a link in Start Menu (both the list of frequently used apps you see when you just open the menu and the All Programs folder) Explorer crashes and restarts. Data that might or ...
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windows 10 start menu not launching

I have an HP desktop computer running windows 10 which has stopped showing the start menu after automatic updates were installed. When clicking on the windows logo, or tapping the windows key on the ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Not Closing When Starting Programs

A strange problem with my start menu has appeared recently. Whenever I click on a tile or search result to start a program, the start menu stays open after I have clicked on it, rather than closing ...
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Windows 10 start menu item name missing

Can somebody tell me why my settings menu looks like a bunch of weird text. Please tell how can I fix this.
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Win10 Jump List Missing Pinned & Frequent Files

The "File Explorer" object in my Win10 Start Menu no longer displays Pinned and Recent files and folders in its Jump List. I couldn't say what exactly caused the behaviour, but it's happened on ...
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Windows 10 - Recreating Change to Start Menu to allow Recent Files in Tiles

Awhile back I was messing around with some of the setting in Windows 10 (mostly registry hacks) to customize everything, and I did something to make the Context Menu on my Taskbar and Start Menu ...
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White lines in windows start menu

I'm seeing white lines in the border of the windows 10 start menu when some programs are opened (like google chrome). Here is a screenshot of those annoying lines : You can see them in the bottom (...
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How to backup Windows 10 start menu layout?

I have 3 Windows 10 devices and I wanna backup and import start menu layout on each device as Windows 10 isn't supporting layout syncing. Most of the solutions I've found are for Windows 8 only. One ...
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Windows 10: Start menu takes a week to update

When I install new applications on my Windows 10 Home desktop, it takes about a week for them to show up in the start menu (Start -> All apps) or to appear in Cortana searches. As you can imagine, ...
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Windows 10 - restore start menu size to default

so I accidentally resized my win10 start menu and don't know the default size... Can you tell me how to reset it or send me a screenshot of default windows 10 start menu on 1366x768 resolution? Would ...
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Remove blank tile windows 10

How do I remove an blank tile which is stuck at my start bar? I didn't find any entry on regedit or AppData to solve this, and google isn't helping me either. Right clicking it just allows me to re-...
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Missing installed programs in W10 search bar

In every single version of Windows before W10, when we installed a software it was added to the start menu and we could open it by either accessing it directly or searching it with Vista and 7. I ...