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 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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Pin items or folders to Windows 7 Start Menu with shortcuts in a submenu?

I love pinning shortcuts to my Start Menu in Windows 7. Submenus, like when you hover over Photoshop and see recent docs -or- Firefox and see launch options, seem like a great way to show grouped ...
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Is there a way to modify the Windows 8.1 right-click start menu?

Is there a way to modify the Windows 8.1/Server 2012R2 Win+X context menu? All my research eventually leads to this tool: Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 8 However I'd rather not use this ...
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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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Start menu icons move - Windows 8.1

I have the icons on my start menu set to the smallest size, and in a particular order. When I start my machine and login, the order has changed. I have been unable to recreate this issue when shutting ...
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Why does my Start Menu freeze when I open Toad?

I've been having this problem for a while now, but I'm not sure when it started. On my work PC I am running Windows 7 Professional as an admin user. I have Toad for Oracle 9.5.0.31 installed and it ...
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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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Custom App Folder

I am trying to figure out if I can create a custom menu in the start menu. I would like to create a menu something like this, but for some custom apps that we use in house. Below are an example of a ...
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Adjusting the number of results for Windows start-menu search

When searching in the start menu search in Windows 7, results often appear categorised. Can the maximum number of results per category can be changed? To clarify with a screenshot, under the ...
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Search behavior of Windows 7 start menu

I'm coming to Windows 7 from Windows XP, and there are aspects of the start menu search that I like. However, there are some behaviors that seem either inconsistent or surprising to me. For ...
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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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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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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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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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How to fix missing icons in the taskbar and start menu?

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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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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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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Windows 7 rename menu text

I want to change the text of Shut down, log off etc. in windows 7. How can I achieve this? So for example I would like to rename "Switch user" to "Change user".
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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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Windows 7 Start Menu: Height does not adapt

Since a couple of days my start menu has a big blank space and just does not collapse. I played around with Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu as well as Number of recent ...
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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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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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Taskbar freezes, can't restart explorer.exe

My taskbar occasionally freezes, also, if I end explorer.exe via Task Manager it doesn't seem to restart, it's just gone. How can I fix this? Edit: I noticed this usually happens when I lock my ...
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Windows 7 Start Menu Search Box missing

I have restarted my windows 7 ultimate x32 OS for couple of times and i still cannot see searchbox in my start menu. I searched it little bit and i applied this solution but it still doesn't appear. ...
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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 can I keep Classic Shell start menu in Windows 8.1 for every reboot?

I have Classic Shell installed, but Windows 8.1 installed its own Start Menu. It really sucks. I tried to use it, but I miss the list of most recently used apps, just typing to find the program I want ...
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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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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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Windows 8 start menu tile labels disappeared

I had Windows 8 32 bit, when I installed Windows 8 64 bit, this happened! The labels from the start menu tiles disappeared! I have installed the latest graphic card driver for 64 bit from nVidia. But ...
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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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Windows 7 Start Menu Dividers

Is it possible to put dividers in the Windows 7 start menu? If so, how? I'd like to put dividers in the same location as the red line.
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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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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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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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How do I lock scrolling to left and right in the Apps view in Windows 8.1 Start Menu?

At some point in the past I had my start screen set up so that when I hit the Windows Key and go to the Apps view, I could scroll freely with my mouse wheel and it would only bring me left and right ...
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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 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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Windows 7 Start Menu Items Missing

If I click the start menu -> All Programs almost all my installed programs seem to be missing from the start menu despite some of them being on the initial regulalry used screen. As far as I can see ...
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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 - Where is Menu Start Folder Located? (documents, music, etc.)

I need to know WHERE THE MENU START FOLDER IS LOCATED I mean this menu : Where is its folder located? (path) I would like to do some stuff, like add my custom folders to this menu, as normal ...
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Search in Start menu is working but does not display any characters

If I press the Start button I can see the Start menu as it was before. But if I point the mouse at the search string the cursor doesn't change it self from arrow to text cursor. If I start to print ...
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Autotranslate search text based on available keyboards

Google (Chrome, and web search) has a very effective feature: If you mistakenly enter search terms in the wrong keyboard, Google will map it to the appropriate keyboard. Is similar functionality ...
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How can I replace function of shutdown button with hibernate?

I want my PC to hibernate when I press shutdown (exactly shutdown button) but I don't know how can I modify something like registry or group policy to achieve my goal. Is there any way to do that?
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Windows 8.1 start screen and menu [duplicate]

Many people hate windows 8 screen showing up at the very start-up, and miss the menu, but to me, task bar without start-menu looks better. In windows 8.1, we can choose the option whether to show the ...
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How can I see the Start menu or screen of a remote machine using RemoteApp?

I am using RemoteApp to access a remote PC running Windows 7 from a host also running Windows 7. How can I see the Start menu of the remote machine on the local machine?
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Start menu items not responding

I have a problem with start menu. Whenever I click any icon in start menu, it staying as it is. Usually in normal systems, after clicking the start menu disappears and corresponding program opens. ...
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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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Windows 8.1 Start Screen Changes monitors but doesn't retain the monitor

I have already searched on here for how to change the Windows 8.1 start screen to a secondary monitor. I found that it is Shift+Windows+Left Arrow or Shift+Windows+Right Arrow. Although, when I make ...
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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 ...