Start Menu Problems

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Start Menu Problems

Postby Andrew » Sun, 25 Jan 2004 10:48:34 GMT

I have two problems with my Windows XP Pro Start Menu.

1. When I rename My Documents, My Computer, and My 
Network Places, upon reboot they are changed back.

2. When I empty the Recycle Bin (it's on my Start Menu) 
it doesn't refresh consistently to acknowlage that it's 
empty. I have experienced this on multiple machines.

I appreciate anyone's help on this.

Start Menu Problems

Postby QmlsbCBSb3NzaQ » Thu, 26 Jul 2007 23:38:01 GMT

When clicking on the Start button and selecting All Programs, nothing 
happens. No list of programs appears.  Is there a registry setting that 
needs to be set/reset?

Also on this machine, right-clicking on the Start button has no effect.  Is 
there a way to enable this menu as well?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby Leonard Grey » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 00:36:06 GMT

Hi Bill:

Let's try this: Go to My Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Documents and 
Settings > double-click on the folder with your user account name. Do 
you see a folder named Start Menu?

If you don't see a folder named Start Menu it was deleted by you, 
someone who has access to your computer, or a virus or some other 
malicious software.

Leonard Grey
Errare humanum est

Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby QmlsbCBSb3NzaQ » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 00:46:00 GMT

Yes, the Start Menu folder is there. - Bill

Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby Leonard Grey » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 00:52:08 GMT

Open the Start Menu folder - are your program shortcuts there?

Leonard Grey
Errare humanum est

Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby QmlsbCBSb3NzaQ » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 01:08:03 GMT

Leonard - Yes, there are a few folders and a couple of programs in there.  
These show up the left side of the Start Menu.  But nothing happen when you 
click on the All Programs entry.  I hope I'm explaining this clearly enough. 
- Bill

Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby Leonard Grey » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 01:27:10 GMT

Do you not see the shortcuts to the programs that formerly appeared when 
you clicked on All Programs? If not, you or someone/something else 
removed them. If you do see them, but they don't appear when you click 
on Start > All Programs then you or someone/something has been fiddling 
with your registry. If you have a recent restore point from before this 
problem occurred, try going back to that restore point.

Leonard Grey
Errare humanum est

Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby QmlsbCBSb3NzaQ » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 01:36:02 GMT

Okay.  One final point.  Programs have been installed on this computer very 
recently (yesterday).  Even these newly installed programs do show up.  So 
something is either disabling the All Programs selection or even new programs 
are not being added to the Start Menu.

Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby QmlsbCBSb3NzaQ » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 01:42:00 GMT

Oops, I meant: Even these newly installed programs do NOT show up..  Sorry.

Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby P. Di Stolfo » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 02:23:43 GMT


I don't know if this relates to your error exactly, but please try this:

P. Di Stolfo

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Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby QmlsbCBSb3NzaQ » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 02:52:03 GMT

Hey, this looks like exactly what we need.  I will track down an 
administrator and give it a try.  Thanks!!!

Re: Start Menu Problems

Postby QmlsbCBSb3NzaQ » Fri, 27 Jul 2007 20:58:05 GMT

Thanks you for all your help.  Unforunately, this did not solve the problem.  
All the correct settings appear to be in the registry.

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