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All start menu items have disappeared

In Windows 7, sometimes the 'All Programs' menu goes completely blank, making it tricky to access installed software. THe search feature still works and programs can still be accessed that way.


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This guy fixed the problem



As originally documented at Electric Dreams blog:

This happens when there are more than about 70 folders in the ‘All Programs’ menu. There are two simple workarounds I have come up with (try one or both, as is appropriate to your circumstances):

  1. Uninstall programs until there is <70 folders in the All Programs menu.
  2. Use Windows Explorer (Windows-E) to browse the All Programs folder (typically C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs) and reorganise some of the folders into a subfolder. For example, create a Utilities folder and drag some of the other folders inside it. There must be <70 folders in the top level.
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    These aren't steps. I think he means either do 1, OR do 2, you don't have to do them both. You can just do 2 to avoid uninstalling programs.
    – AaronLS
    Aug 19, 2009 at 19:57

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