Where are the ... Windows\Start Menu\Programs lists in Win7?


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Avraham Hanadari

I have never liked the way Windows arranges the shortcuts in the Start
Menus. For many years I have been setting up my own, which mirrors my
work habits. I know there are multiple lists (at least two) and that I
must coordinate them in order to have a clear presentation in Start |
All Programs.

I have found one of the lists in Win7, but there are still unruly
entries which I cannot access. The list I have found is at:
\Users\user\AppData\Roam\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Where is
the other Programs list? I had no problem finding it in 95, 2000, XP,
but I have searched every term in the string, even unhiding files,and
Win7 stubbornly refuses to yield up the information. Please help!

Avraham Hanadari
 
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Jeff Gaines

I have never liked the way Windows arranges the shortcuts in the Start
Menus. For many years I have been setting up my own, which mirrors my work
habits. I know there are multiple lists (at least two) and that I must
coordinate them in order to have a clear presentation in Start | All
Programs.

I have found one of the lists in Win7, but there are still unruly entries
which I cannot access. The list I have found is at:
\Users\user\AppData\Roam\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Where is
the other Programs list? I had no problem finding it in 95, 2000, XP, but
I have searched every term in the string, even unhiding files,and Win7
stubbornly refuses to yield up the information. Please help!

Avraham Hanadari
You can follow the links through from:
"C:\Users\All Users"

or go directly to:
"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
 
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Speaking in silver

Avraham Hanadari said:
I have never liked the way Windows arranges the shortcuts in the Start
Menus. For many years I have been setting up my own, which mirrors my work
habits. I know there are multiple lists (at least two) and that I must
coordinate them in order to have a clear presentation in Start | All
Programs.

I have found one of the lists in Win7, but there are still unruly entries
which I cannot access. The list I have found is at:
\Users\user\AppData\Roam\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Where is
the other Programs list? I had no problem finding it in 95, 2000, XP, but
I have searched every term in the string, even unhiding files,and Win7
stubbornly refuses to yield up the information. Please help!

Avraham Hanadari
If you don't want to mess with the register and hidden files, this little
freeware utility will do it for you:
http://www.vistastartmenu.com/index.html
It's highly customizable and, despite its name, it works for Windows 7 too.
Hope it helps :)
 
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Dick Mahar

Avraham Hanadari said:
I have never liked the way Windows arranges the shortcuts in the Start
Menus. For many years I have been setting up my own, which mirrors my work
habits. I know there are multiple lists (at least two) and that I must
coordinate them in order to have a clear presentation in Start | All
Programs.

I have found one of the lists in Win7, but there are still unruly entries
which I cannot access. The list I have found is at:
\Users\user\AppData\Roam\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Where is
the other Programs list? I had no problem finding it in 95, 2000, XP, but
I have searched every term in the string, even unhiding files,and Win7
stubbornly refuses to yield up the information. Please help!

Avraham Hanadari START enter MSCONFIG
STARTUP OK
 
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Avraham Hanadari

Jeff said:
You can follow the links through from:
"C:\Users\All Users"

or go directly to:
"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
Please reread my letter. That path is mentioned. I was looking for the
path to the second list.
Avraham
 
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Avraham Hanadari

Speaking said:
If you don't want to mess with the register and hidden files, this
little freeware utility will do it for you:
http://www.vistastartmenu.com/index.html
It's highly customizable and, despite its name, it works for Windows 7 too.
Hope it helps :)
Thanks for the hint, but the list, while perhaps hidden, does not
involve the registry. It's a parallel list to the User/user ... programs
one.
Avraham
 
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Avraham Hanadari

Thanks, but it's not there. In the meantime I constructed a workaround.
It was not as easy as rationalizing the two via a dual-pane file
manager, but it worked.
Avraham
 
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Gary Richtmeyer

Avraham said:
I have never liked the way Windows arranges the shortcuts in the Start
Menus. For many years I have been setting up my own, which mirrors my
work habits. I know there are multiple lists (at least two) and that I
must coordinate them in order to have a clear presentation in Start |
All Programs.

I have found one of the lists in Win7, but there are still unruly
entries which I cannot access. The list I have found is at:
\Users\user\AppData\Roam\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. Where is
the other Programs list? I had no problem finding it in 95, 2000, XP,
but I have searched every term in the string, even unhiding files,and
Win7 stubbornly refuses to yield up the information. Please help!

Avraham Hanadari
For years I've reorganized the Start Menu entries also.

When you click on "All Programs", Windows provides a program list by
merging the program list in YOUR profile *and* the program list in the
"All Users"-type profile.

In Windows 7, the program list in YOUR profile is in:
C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
And the program list in the "All Users"-type profile is in:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

These are hidden locations, so be sure you can view hidden folders.

HTH

-- Gary Richtmeyer
 
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Avraham Hanadari

For years I've reorganized the Start Menu entries also.

When you click on "All Programs", Windows provides a program list by
merging the program list in YOUR profile *and* the program list in the
"All Users"-type profile.

In Windows 7, the program list in YOUR profile is in:
C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
And the program list in the "All Users"-type profile is in:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

These are hidden locations, so be sure you can view hidden folders.

HTH

-- Gary Richtmeyer
Thank you Gary!
Avraham
 
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