Why don't all programs that appear in win explorer show up in start menu?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by frank1492, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. frank1492

    frank1492 Guest

    Why do only certain programs that show up in the Programs
    folder in Windows Explorer also show up in the Start Menu under
    "Programs?" I just moved some old programs into the Programs
    folder and expected to see them as Start Menu programs, but
    don't. Is it only programs that affect the registry that show up
    there? Or do I have to take specific action to get them to show
    up there?
    Many thanks for help!
    FrankD
     
    frank1492, Feb 20, 2008
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  2. The ones you use most often or manually "pin to the start menu" are the ones
    that show up under the start menu. Right click on any you want to pin it and
    you can control what shows up there.

    Lori
     
    LAB Enterprises, Feb 20, 2008
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  3. frank1492

    frank1492 Guest

    Thanks Lori. I see I can do this in Explorer. However, my basic
    question is that the Start Menu has an "All Programs" option that
    can be clicked, and when that list opens, not all the programs
    show up. Do you know why? (I would assume I could pin them
    from that list also.)
     
    frank1492, Feb 20, 2008
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  4. HI! YOUR PROBLEM IS CONFIGURATION.
    CLICK RIGHT BOTTOM YOUR MOUSE ON START MENU. YOU SEE PROPERTY. OPEN
    PROPERTY. CLICK CUSTOM. SEARCH
    YOUR FILE. CLICK IN THE BOX. YOUR OLD PROGRAMS DON`T AFFECT THE REGISTRY.
    ANOTHER WAY: OPEN WINDOWS EXPLORER AND SEARCH YOUR FILES. TRY DOCUMENT AND
    SEARCH. OR USE SEARCH PROGRAM TO FIND THE FILES.
     
    ALVARO DE CASTRO VASCONCELLOS, Feb 20, 2008
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  5. The All Programs menu is actually made up of shortcuts in folders. These
    shortcuts are found in "\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start
    Menu\Programs" on your system drive. Note that \ProgramData is a hidden
    folder. You can get to this folder easier by right-clicking the Start
    Menu, clicking Open All Users, and double-clicking Programs.

    To add an item in the All Programs list, create a shortcut to the
    program here. If you want to make a sub-menu, create a folder here and
    put shortcuts into it.

    Note that you can also add items to the All Programs list that only your
    user account will see. Put these shortcuts in
    "\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start
    Menu\Programs". Get there easier by right-clicking the Start Menu,
    clicking Open, and double-clicking Programs.
     
    David Trimboli, Feb 20, 2008
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  6. frank1492

    Sharon Fink Guest

    Programs that have an installer will (usually) place shortcuts in the
    Start Menu as part of the installation process. Programs that don't have
    an installer (the ones that you copied over to your hard drive) do not
    have that installer doing that start menu shortcut work for you. For
    these you will need to manually create a shortcut to the program
    executable and manually add that shortcut to the start menu.
     
    Sharon Fink, Feb 20, 2008
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  7. frank1492

    frank1492 Guest

    Thank you all. I should have known that.
    It's no great problem not to have them all there,
    I just wondered why they weren't.
     
    frank1492, Feb 20, 2008
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