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 realy fixed the start menu and cortana bug on Windows 10 Technical preview in virtualbox?

I just wanted to try out the new features of Microsoft, Cortana, but something completely useless, in vain I click on it nothing happens, in fact, in most cases it carries the Start menu, even though ...
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Windows 10 Build 10122 Live Tiles Disabled

As you can see the majority of my "live" tiles are disabled. I click, and nothing happens. At first I thought it was automatically downloading them, but after some time nothing changes. The rest of ...
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Run as administrator icon keeps flickering and is stuck via StartMenu8

I installed SmartMenu8 v2 from IObit in Windows 8.1 64bit. When I select All Programs > some program > right click > Run as Administrator, the administrator icon appears in the taskbar but keeps ...
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Can't click start button

On Windows 8.1 sometimes I can't click the Windows button. Nothing happens. Does anyone know what causes this or why it happens? Last time this happened I was running Outlook, Firefox and Vmware. I ...
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How to remove StartIsBack without access to system?

StartIsBack made my system unusable (start menu is constantly flashing, can't access anything). Therefore, I can't remove this program via uninstall. How can I remove it from system files via other ...
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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 and Charm Bar don't work sometime

I am using window 8.1 pro 32bit. For a couple of weeks, I have encountered some problems with the Start button and Charm bar. Generally, when I put mouse on Start button, it turns black and then I can ...
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How to shut down a Windows 8.1 Pro computer in remote session?

When you right click the Windows 8.1 "start" button, you get some options to quickly perform common tasks, e.g. to shut down, reboot, or put the computer to sleep. But when you're using the computer ...
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Add a submenu to the start menu in Windows 7

How can I add a submenu to the start menu in Windows 7? In the right-click menu on a shortcut under “All Programs”, there is a “Pin to Start Menu” entry. That's exactly what I want, but it only ...
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Windows 7 no start menu folder in app data - user pinned

I'm trying to resolve the problem detailed here: Pin to taskbar icon gets (2) appended It was all going well until I got here C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick ...
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How to have Windows 7 “All Programs” open in multiple columns?

I would rather have have a bird's-eye view of all my programs than scroll down the programs list. Is there a way to have Windows 7 All Programs list the programs in multiple columns like XP, or did ...
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text not showing in windows 7, start button not working [duplicate]

i'm facing some problems in windows7 such as: in desktop i can see the icons, but there is no text under them.(i can click on them and launch/open them) when right click from mouse, there is no ...
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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 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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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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Registry Key Controlling Start Button in Windows 8.1?

This is related to How to hide “Start” button in Windows 8.1?. I've got the useless, castrated, Microsoft provided start menu next to a 3rd party start menu. I'd like to remove Microsoft's useless, ...
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How to add a folder entry to right-hand-side of start menu?

I would like to know whether on Windows 7 it is possible to add a folder (e.g. the Downloads folder) just beneath some other entry below the logged-in user's name (John as in the below image):
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Installed app's link has disappeared from Start -> Apps menu and does not pin to Start menu. How to get it back?

On Windows 8.1 I installed Visual Studio 2013. After installation in the following folder: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Visual Studio 2013 the following link files appeared: ...
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Toshiba windows 7 laptop, all icons the same [duplicate]

all desktop icons the same and when I try to open it says this action is valid for products that are already installed. when I enter regedit in the search it says the same thing so i can't even fix it ...
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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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?Can we add a searchbar in start menu in windows 8.1?

My question is simple. I just wanted to add the windows search bar in start menu. I dont want the two clicks to open the search bar. I just want to see it on one click. Can you please tell me if it is ...
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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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Pinned start menu/taskbar shortcuts gone

I just restarted my Windows 7 PC to find all my pinned shortcuts have disappeared from the start menu and taskbar. I've looked here "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick ...
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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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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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Start button doesn't work anymore

I'm using Windows 8.1. I don't know why, but the start button doesn't work properly anymore. In order to open the Start screen I have to use the keyboard shortcut, which is really annoying me. For ...
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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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Disable Start Menu background blur

I want to remove the blur effect pictured below from the start menu. I have already found solutions for window frames and the taskbar, yet the start menu remains unaffected. How would I go about doing ...
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How to disable the Start menu hot corner (bottom-left) in Windows 8

In Windows 8/8.1, when you mouse to the bottom-left corner of a screen, the Start Menu hint appears, even if you are on a monitor without a taskbar, or in a fullscreen application. How do you disable ...
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Windows 8.1: Editing and refreshing items in the Apps view

Apps view of the Windows 8.1 start screen maps from the following folders: shell:common start menu\programs (affects all users) shell:start menu\programs (affects current user) ...
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Recent Items tab doesn't remove old shortcuts

I have the Recent Items tab pinned to the Start menu, but I have noticed some odd behavior. When the folder is empty, new items I open get added to the list in alphabetical order, as it should. Once ...
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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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Where are application folders in Windows 8.1 main menu?

How to find application if you don't know it's name in Windows 8? It was entity (application folders) in earlier version of Windows, which was lesser in count than total number of programs in menu. ...
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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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My application icons dissapeared after restoring (from backup), how to get them back?

My laptop harddisk crashed. However, since I use a backup solution (HP Autonomy), I managed to restore most of the documents and files that had been backed up, after reinstalling the operating system, ...
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Windows 7's start menu's search “see more results” is broken

After searching in my start menu and clicking to "see more results", I got an error dialog: It "seems" that it should be search-ms:query=document an not search:query=document but where can I fix ...
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Windows Server 2012 start icon (button)

How can I create a desktop or start bar icon which would should show the Start Menu in Windows Server 2012? I having multiple remote connections in small windows (not full screen) and hovering the ...
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Open Windows Start Menu with a batch file?

Is it possible to create a batch file that will open the Windows Start Menu? I have been digging around in the Windows Registry, have searching the Internet, and just tried making things up as I go. ...
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How to pin Visual Studio 2013 projects to start menu tasks

I am using Windows 7 I have pinned Google Chrome to my start menu and I can see a right arrow near the icon. When hovering on it I can see tasks as new window and new incognito window. Likewise I ...
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Start Menu search is very slow in Windows 8.1

Not sure what is causing this and was wondering if anyone else had this problem with any way to fix it? It takes about 2-5 seconds after hitting the windows key and starting to type for the search bar ...
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Missing programs shortcut from “All programs”

When I go to Start -> All Programs I cant see all of the default shortcuts.! I have tried, to customize "everything" on properties in start menu (like search other files and libraries). Also in ...
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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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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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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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Disappering tray icons in Windows 8.1

I've noted that the battery indicator on my laptop for starter, changes it status to "Show only messages" while I frequently change it to "Show icon and messages". E.g. I have to click to expand the ...
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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, ...
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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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Search for applications in Linux Mint start menu when the application category is not displayed

Is there a way to have the Linux Mint (Cinnamon 17) start menu search return applications without the category they would appear under being displayed? E.g. return Octave when 'Octave' is searched ...