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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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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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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Increase the number of 'Most used' applications in Windows 10

How can I increase the number of applications which are displayed under 'Most used' from the default 6 apps?
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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 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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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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Can't Pin Some Applications to Start Menu in Windows 10

When I right click on certain shortcut and click "Pin to Start Menu," it does not appear on my start menu. When I right click them again it still says "Pin to..." instead of "Unpin...". The thing is ...
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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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Windows 10: Pin an item to left side of Start Menu?

Has anyone figured out how to pin an item to the left side of the start menu? Articles online about this are referencing an older version of 10 where this was possible. No matter the size of Start, ...
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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 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 do I get Windows 10 Start Menu to tree all the folders?

In previous versions of Windows (95-7), you could tree folders in the Start Menu. In other words, you could have the Start Menu\Applications folder (now "All Apps") and have folder work and folder ...
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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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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 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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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 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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Renaming a start menu Item in Windows 10

In Windows 10, how can I rename a Start Menu Item? In Windows 7, I could click on the start menu, then right-click on "All Program" and I would get a menu that popped up saying "Open All Users" and ...
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Windows 10 Settings not indexed

In Windows 10, when I search from the Start Menu or Settings, only Control Panel results appear, but not the new Windows 10 settings. For example, if I type "update", the search results are "Update ...
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Some start menu shortcuts are missing on Windows 10

Not sure when this started happening but some time after upgrading to Windows 10 I noticed some of my search results were not showing up with what I wanted. For instance, when I searched for Word 2013 ...
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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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Can I increase the width of the All Apps section of Windows 10's Start Menu?

The default width of the All Apps section is so small that several similarly named folders are not discernible any more. Is there a way to make it wider? The new start menu is so buggy and lacks ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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How to hide labels in Windows 10 Start menu (tiles)?

I've recently read some nice registry trick about hiding the taskbar labels in Windows 10 (together with "never combine" option). I want to do the same to the start tiles. I mean: there already are ...
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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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Can I add a folder to the right side of the Start Menu 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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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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How to fix / refresh start menu in Windows 10? How to add / remove / edit items in bulk?

I have my Start Menu completely damaged after upgrading to Windows 10. Some items are absent another ones are wrong or unneeded. You can search my other questions for proofs if you don't believe. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to have shortcuts appear in the start menu search through a symbolic link?

I have a folder full of stuff that I sync across all my computers and virtual machines. It contains a whole load of stuff, including portable applications. On a new OS installation, I run a batch ...
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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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Can I move Windows 8 Start menu hot corner?

I like my task bar vertical at the right edge of the screen. This puts the Windows button to the top-right corner, however not the windows hot corner. Is there any way to either move or disable the ...
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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 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 ...