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 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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Where do Start Menu\All Programs shortcuts reside?

What is the Windows 7 equivalent of each these Windows XP locations? C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\ ...
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How can I revert back to the old Start menu in Windows 8 Preview?

I don't like the new Metro UI. Is there any way to get rid of the new Metro UI in Windows 8 Preview and go back to the old Aero UI with its' Start Menu?
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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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How can I set a custom image as the Windows 8 Start Menu background?

I was talking to a developer the other day and they hit the Windows key to show their start menu - and there it was! A Calvin and Hobbes background to their Start Menu. Does anyone know how 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 programs to start menu search without adding a tile

In Windows 7, I had many portable software programs like KeePass, PDF X-change, or Chrome application shortcuts that I used the portable version rather than full install. With these I was able to add ...
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Show Windows 8 Start Menu on the primary monitor

I'm having the issue where the Windows 8 Start Menu shows up on the secondary monitor instead of the primary. When booting the machine the start menu appears originally on the primary screen as it ...
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My Start button turned into a plain gray text “Start” button. How can I fix this?

I don't know how it happened, but my Start button has turned to plain text instead of the Windows logo. I don't even know how to Google this problem: Anyone know what could cause this and how I can ...
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How do I mark all items in the Start Menu as “not new”?

How do I mark all items in the Start Menu as "not new"? There are a half-dozen programs in my start menu (at least) that aren't really that new but it thinks they are because I "haven't used them ...
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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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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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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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How to get list of defined shortcut keys in the Start menu?

How can I find out which keyboard shortcuts are defined inside the Start menu? And what shortcuts they are assigned to? Platform: Windows XP SP2 64 bit. Example: I open my main Visual Studio ...
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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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“Banning” programs from Windows 7's Recently Launched list

I have a laptop I use for home and work. I like to keep them separate as best I can, and it's not very endearing to my clients to sit down in a meeting with them, crack open my start menu, and have ...
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All start menu items have disappeared

All of my start menu "All Programs" items have disappeared. I think they are still there as evidenced by the fact that i can search them, the list is just empty.
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Get Windows 7 Start Menu Back in Windows 8 RTM [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Change Windows 8 start menu back to Windows 7 How do I turn off Modern UI in Windows 8? I want to get back the Windows 7 start menu in Windows 8 as well as use the ...
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Add programs to Windows 7 Start Menu search

I have some of my programs installed under D:\Program Files I added this path in the "Indexing Options" and now when i type in the search box of start menu does show files from these folders, but ...
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Can I make Windows 7 Start Menu search show items in order of most frequently used?

I work as a web applications developer; during the course of a day I open applications a lot. The search box in the start menu that appeared in Vista & 7 has been a godsend. Hit the start key, ...
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Tweak number of “recent documents” in Windows XP?

Is there a way to change the number of "recently opened documents" in the Start menu of Windows XP?
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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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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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print screen for start view on Windows 8

Where is the folder of pictures where I took for the screenshot of start view on Windows 8 after I pressed the PrintScrn | Sysrq button on my keyboard. Or is this key functional for the Start view?
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Changing the behavior of Vista/Windows 7 “All Programs” menu to be like XP

I'd like to have the "All Programs" menu in the Vista/Windows 7 Start Menu behave like it does in Windows XP, without changing to the "Classic" start menu. Specifically, I'd like the All Programs ...
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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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On Windows 7, how can I make the Start Menu search feature include matches from within words, not just the start of the word?

I have a program installed called WinSCP. When I press the Windows key and type "SCP", I get "No items match your search." Is there a configuration option I can set somewhere, so that this item will ...
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Extracting Windows 8 Start Screen Patterns

Is there any way to extract the Windows 8 Start Screen patterns, in order to use them as standalone wallpapers on other systems? For example see this screenshot: I am interested in the dark blue ...
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High Level Start Menu or Dock Category Recommendations

After installing a lot of programs, my start menu on the windows and doc on mac collects to many object for visual control. So, organizing folder and placing (or installing) programs into these start ...
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When running command from Start > Run, the command exits before I can see the results

When I run certain commands from the Start Menu (Start > Run), the screen closes and exits before I can read the results. If, instead, I run the command in a Command Prompt, the display remains until ...
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How do I get rid of the Start Menu “zombie” icon?

Windows 7 has a large icon above the username on the right-hand pane of the Start menu. By default it is a faceless torso in a blue collarless shirt that I call the "zombie icon". (I don't know 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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How can I add a folder to the default quick-search list on the start menu on Windows 7?

I have a bunch of programs that can run without installing (LINQPad, Reflector, Foobar 2000 and so on) - which is nice and makes them very portable. I keep them here: c:\admin\utils\ However, when ...
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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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How to get execution count of items in start menu recent programs list

In Windows 7, the recent programs list in the start menu appears to be ordered by how often each program is used (or more specifically, launched via the start menu?). Just to satisfy my curiosity, is ...
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How can I omit an application from showing up as frequently used in the start menu?

I used to use a certain application very frequently (WinSCP), but I now seldom use it. As such, I explicitly removed it from the start-menu's frequently used list. However, now if I use it even just ...
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How to include custom locations for indexing in start menu search?

I like to use new start menu search in windows vista/7. It is easy to launch application and documents by typing few characters. Is it possible to include more locations in start menu search. For ...
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Windows 7 - How do I add an exe to the Start menu which is on a network drive?

SOLUTION: You cannot add items to the start menu if they reside on a network drive, so move the item to a local drive and then add to the start menu in the normal way (as suggested in the accepted ...
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Is there a way for a folder pinned to the start menu have a sub menu listing files?

This question deals with how to pin folders in Windows 7 and Vista since its not enabled by default. I would like to see if its possible to take this one step further and see if I can pin a folder ...
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Windows 7: enabling navigation of subfolders in pinned Start Menu folders

I'm just about to move from Windows XP to Windows 7, and I'm struggling with some of the interface changes. In XP, I was able to throw a folder intoC:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menuand ...
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How can I enable the default Start Menu in Windows XP?

The default Windows XP Start Menu has been disabled by the system administrator where I work. When you right-click on the Start Menu, and select Properties, the only option is the Classic Start Menu. ...
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how to fix firefox command line arguments launched by the start menu's search box?

Another little, but annoying and not understandable issue on my computer: If I use the start menu's search box to launch firefox with command line arguments (e.g. -p -no-remote) but without its full ...
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Change the background color of desktop app icon in Windows 8 start screen [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to add a “metro” looking tile for a desktop application? How to customize tiles (bigger icon, different color) for desktop applications in the Start Screen? On the ...
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Start menu 'program' management in Windows 7

In Windows XP, I was able to access to the start menu and organize the programs into their own folders. I could have a game folder and put all the games into it. This made for a much easier ...
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Shortcut to Windows 7 Screen resolution setting other than by right-click on the desktop

I regularly have to access the Windows 7 "Screen resolution" setting on a netbook with many full-screen windows open, often with bogged down CPUs. These are the usual necessary steps I have to ...
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How to prevent Windows 7 from clearing the Start menu's Run command history

I have a Windows 7 Pro machine that won't maintain a record of all the commands I enter via Start -> Run. I have UAC disabled, but there is still some setting that's wiping out that list right after I ...
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Changing the Start Menu Power Button - Setting does not work: only (Shut down) is available

This is the second time I've tried to change this setting on a Vista-based operating system and I can't get it to work again. OS: Windows Server 2008 SP2 (not R2) = Microsoft Windows [Version ...
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Prevent Windows Key from Opening Start Menu in Windows 7

I'd like to be able to stop the Windows Key from activating the Start Menu on Windows 7. I don't want to disable the Windows Key completely. I'd like Ctrl + Esc to still open the Start Menu. I know ...
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Removing a Program from Windows 7's Start Menu forever?

I'm gonna remove YM! icon from Windows 7's Start Menu for good, I mean I wanna remove it even I use it. I've been using Right Click >> Remove From This List but It comes back after using once! ...
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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 ...