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 folders and shortcuts when in Win 8.1?

Ref: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-windows-81-arranges-tiles-for-new-desktop-prog.html


You can right click on programs on the start screen and click on "Open File Location"

I believe shortcuts are stored in the following locations

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

%USERNAME% will automatically refer to whatever name you are using on your computer at the time. That is your local programs. The ProgramData would be considered All Programs

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In Windows 8.1 it is called All Apps. There are no 'folders' or 'subfolders' anymore for All Programs. You can show All Apps by clicking on the downwards arrow at the bottom left in the Start Screen.

An approach similar to All Programs (which shows all the programs but no subfolders) is here.

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    The fastest way to get to the Apps screen (i.e. All Programs menu) is to use the keyboard shortcut Win to get to Start screen, and then Ctrl + Tab. Ctrl + Tab again to get back to Start screen. Use Esc to get back to last used window, Win + D to get to desktop. – Stranger Apr 24 '15 at 11:24
  • @Stranger your comment seems to be THE answer. – Nabil Kadimi May 26 '16 at 7:14
  • @Stranger, Ctrl Tab is such a weird shortcut for that. – Pacerier Jan 29 '17 at 11:40

Is actually you no need to fill it, system will fill it automatically . But need remake the username to %USERNAME%. So it will look like this.

C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

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