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Q: Vista start menu changed to Classic

having problem with start menu if it is changed to classic and u cant get it back ? u dont have to download anything or some software just go to control panel and personalize then go to themes and set vista theme apply and done thankyou .
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A: Vista start menu changed to Classic

having problem with start menu if it is changed to classic and u cant get it back ? u dont have to download anything or some software just go to control panel and personalize then go to themes and set vista theme apply and done thankyou .If you liked my please vote for me
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(Being a new member I can certainly understand your antispam measures. I was informed that if I post it here the staff will move it to the tutorial section if it meets board standards.)
I developed this thanks to Member pclove's ?Documents? submenu removal tutorial, this follows the same procedure to remove the ?Search? submenu from Vista's Classic Start Menu. Many thanks to Shawn and all the Staff for many years of invaluable help.

Manual method:

Open the Registry Editor > type regedit in the run box of the Classic Start MenuNavigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Then right-click inside the right side panel's empty space and select > New > DWORD Value Paste or type NoFind into the name box replacing the highlighted ?New Value? entry, press enter to fix it in placeDouble-click on the NoFind name and change the ?0? to a ?1?See the Registry Editor pic exampleReboot and ?Search? will be removed from your Classic Start Menu

Automatic method:

Download the attached registry entryRight-click the file and select merge On the ?Are you sure you want to run this software?? box click runTo revert back, right-click the new NoFind entry itself in the Registry Editor, select delete and confirm the deletion - reboot

Enjoy... Read more

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Hello, please first sorry for my english.

I need to remove Documents icon from Vista classic start menu. I have removed all unwated icons allready but i can't find a way how to remove Documents icon.

Look at the pic, it's from czech version of Vista, but Dokumenty means Documents in english Vista.

It's not in gpedit.msc (or i can't find it there). I'm not able to find solution using Google. So i'm trying it here. Thanks in advance for help!

A:How to remove Documents icon from Vista classic start menu?

Hi Bojler,

Welcome to the forum.

You can remove Documents from the normal Vista Start menu easily, but I do not think you can do this in the Classic Start menu.


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Subject says it. Just setting up new pc for my wife. Came with XP Home preinstalled but the start menu was the classic. Switched it to the XP start menu (which I've grown to like better) and My Computer, My Network Places and Internet Explorer icons were removed from the desktop. Only recycle bin remained. Switching back to classic puts them back again. Oddly enough, when I was saving a dowload to the desktop (while set up as XP) the My Computer, My Network Places showed in the save to box when pointing at the desktop.

A:Switch from Classic Start Menu to XP Start Menu removed desktop icons

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I'm sure I will get some 'flack' over this question, but is there any way to wind up with anything that looks like Windows classic look including the classic start menu with any flavor of Win7??I really can't stand all of this artsy fartsy new look to the GUI. The classic layout including the classic start menu worked fine for 15 years, I see no need to change it. other than just another lame reason to sell more bloated software. At least, like XP, give the user the option to revert back if he chooses!

A:Win 7 any edition; classic look & classic start menu, can it be done?

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Classic desktop and Classic start menu

I was told it was not going to be available with windows 7. As I said it the other thread, that is what I have use since windows 95 and use it for xp currently. I don't know if Vista has it.

I have set where, you can go start button-program-than list of your programs (I use scroll menu).

I set it where almost everything is gray. My eyes are sensitive to really bright stuff. I need everything dull. That is one reason, I use a crt monitor.

Has anyone tried to use themes from xp or Vista on Windows 7 and did it work?

Maybe Axcel216 or Grc will come up with a patch that will allow you to use classic menu.

Even KDE in Linux uses the classic start menu.

It looks like windows 7 may not be for me. I wonder if a Mac would have a classic start menu. This way I can still get Microsoft office. I really like access but cant find an open source program that would work like that.

A:Classic desktop and Classic start menu

Hello gpatrick, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Windows 7 does include a "Windows Classic" theme, but it's not the same classic theme used in XP or Vista. You can see what it looks like in the screenshot of it below in my Windows 7. You'll notice the Start Menu is still the new one in the classic theme in Windows 7.

Hope this helps,

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Switched to the XP-ish Classic Start Menu, plus Adjust for Best Performance, in the usual prescribed way, no third-party interface-modifiers. All looks & works fine except that the Start button itself looks like TWO buttons -- one atop the other and just slightly out of alignment (screenshot here).

Nothing?s malfunctioning, but it sure looks silly. I haven?t done anything unusual, apart from docking the taskbar on the right side of the screen. What could be causing this, and how can I un-cause it? Would Classic Shell fix this?

Grateful for any clues.

A:Classic Start Menu: Start Button appears doubled

Which classic start menu software are you using?

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Hello , I try and csmenu Seven Classic Start.Seven Classic Start I love.Csmenu I find that is not as stable as it has bugs.Seven Classic Start applying for a license and unfortunately I was not finding.I would also like to translate the software in French.

Thank you

A:Classic start menu

have you tried contacting the software author?

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I am using XP with classic start menu. In the lower right window of the task bar, where the time is displayed, there are a number of icons. Recently when I shut down and restarted, I lost a couple of these icons, which were useful. How can I put icons back in that area again?



A:classic start menu

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Hi guys. I enjoyed and learned many things regarding Windows 7 in this forum. Thanks.


If I can kindly ask, does anyone know if there is any tweaks, etc. regarding the Classic Start Menu on Windows 7.


A:Classic Start Menu, is it available....

Hello ekopaxus,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Sorry, haven't heard of any yet.


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A guy on this web site has found a workaround to get something approximating the classic start menu.

" "Classic" menu option does not exist in Window" Yes it does, but MS denies it!

It's been my one pet hate not to have the classic menu, all fixed by this.
It works exactly as his pictures show.

A:Classic Start Menu

Nice find djs..

However, it seems to me too much trouble to go through to just have the programs menu opening in expanding menus instead of scrolling ones...I mean...what's the so big deal ? Srolling has been included as default to enhance the touchscreen abilities, but it's not that bad using the mouse either...My opinion.

Great find for those interested though

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If I chose classic start menu, how can I delete the recently viewed items in the documents list. I can right click and delete them one by one.
I remember in win 98 there was a way to clear the list. I don't see it in xp.


A:Classic start menu

Right click on the task bar and select properties, select Start Menu, select customize next to classic start menu and select clear.

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I've just had to rebuild my XP Pro laptop (and not for the first time).

Before I rebuilt it I had classic start menus (so I must have set them last time)!

I've clicked on the 'classic start menus' box in the right place but I'm still getting the new start menu (yuk!).

When I go to the taskbar/start menu properties it says I'm using classic - but I'm still getting the new start menu.

Whats going on?


A:Can't get classic start menu back!

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Hello All,

Just installed Vista Home Premium x64 last night. I am trying to customize the interface now and have choosen the Classic Start Menu (Vista Start Menu just plain sucks). The problem is that every so often the start menu stops working. I can navigate to my applications but I am unable to right or left click on the icon. The only solution seems to be a restart, oh but wait the best part is that the shutdown icon is also disabled. My workaround is to switch back to the Vista Start Menu then shutdown. Anyone have any thougts on this?

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CSMenu is a classic start menu for Windows 7. It is now located at



A:Classic Start Menu - My Solution

I would prefer the start menu as it is now but well done anyway. Did you know you can kind of get the classic look if you right click task bar, toolbars and then activate desktop. Then near the system tray you will see desktop, go check it out, just like the old classic.

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How sweet it is!

I agree with the following thread. Download the utility from the original source.


A:Classic Start Menu and Toolbar

Or you can download the latest version 1.0.2 from the official source:

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Hello ,
A nice customizable classic start menu for Windows 7:

A:classic start menu for Windows 7

Simply the Classic

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Working on a Dell Inspiron 1521 using a Vista Business x86 upgrade version.

The start menu was switched from the vista version to the "classic start menu."

However, when attempting to change it back to default any option except "Class Start Menu" has disappeared. Has anyone seen this issue/found a fix...even some sort of registry edit to 'reenable' the vista start menu?

A:Broken Classic start menu?

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I'm using WinXP and decided to use Classic Start Menu, but I don't know what happened, when I selected the Classic Start Menu, my Start Menu looked like this [see the image attached]

A:Classic Start Menu problem

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Is there way to get the classic start menu in windows 7?

A:Classic start menu in windows 7?

Downgrade to ancient times?
Otherwise Classic Shell

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Bringing back the Classic Menu as a Toolbar

1) Use Windows Explorer and go through 'Organise/ Folder and Search options/ View' and activate the 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' option. This should be turned off again when the task is finished.

2) Right-click on the taskbar and select 'Toolbars/ New toolbar'. Then navigate to '(drive: )/ ProgramData/ Microsoft/ Windows/ Start Menu' and select the 'Programs' folder.

3) A new toolbar called Programs should appear on the taskbar and can be activated by clicking the small double-wedge symbol near it. Folders are listed first in this new menu and are followed by program icons. Its appearance and operation is near-identical to the Classic Menu.
Adding more items

1) To add items to this new Programs toolbar first use Windows Explorer to create and title a new folder in the '(drive: )/ ProgramData/ Microsoft/ Windows/ Start Menu/ Programs' folder.

2) Create a shortcut on the desktop for your new item then drag the shortcut over the new Programs toolbar and a message 'Move to Programs' should display when it is in the right place. Let go the mouse button and then right-click on the desired folder in the Programs toolbar and select 'Paste'. Note that the shortcut cannot be placed directly into the list of shortcuts already in this target folder.

3) Cancel any messages that say it cannot be done and invoke Administrator permissions when needed. The desktop shortcut can be afterwards d... Read more

A:Classic Start Menu in Windows7

There are better ... and safer ... ways to do this!

Get the Classic Start Menu in Windows 7 - How-To Geek

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I've tried to read all the other threads about this but they all seem to require external software or comparatively complicated paths to the result.

This way which I stumbled upon while experimenting reproduces the Classic XP Start Menu in every way I can see, with one exception, you need to use one mouse click rather than the WinKey to access.

First make a new folder and call it, erm, 'Start Menu' - initially it's handy to have it on the desktop - you can move it later if you want. Please NOTE this is nothing to do with any other Start Menu items you find in the Users or Roaming folders.

Then go through every thing you'd like on the Start Menu (file, folder, program) and use 'Send To Desktop Create Shortcut'. Move all those new shortcuts (you can rename them now or later if you want) into the new folder.

Go down to the taskbar, right-click, Toolbars, New Toolbar and navigate to the Start Menu folder you made. Select that folder and you will have a new entry on the Taskbar called 'Start Menu' which, when you click the double arrow, has all the facilities of the old Classic XP menu - ie, Rename, Sort by Name, Delete, etc.

If you add your own sub-folders (Programs, Accessories, Uncle Tom Cobleigh) to the Start Menu folder they behave on the Start Menu toolbar as they did in XP once you've added the shortcuts you want. If you add new shortcuts to the Start Menu folder (or sub-folders) they appear immediately on the Start Menu toolbar.

You can even add shortcuts to other d... Read more

A:Classic XP Start Menu - a different approach

Thank you for sharing, so that all the members could benefit from your experience. Have a Happy New Year.

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Im having a prob, when i change from the Regular Xp Start Menu to the classic my my computer & My Documents Icons Disspear and i cant get em back but when i switch back to the regular they come back i wanna use the classic start menu but i want my my computer & my documents icons to show up when i use it can any1 help???

A:Problem With Classic Start Menu

Right click on a empty space on the Desktop and select Properties . . click on the Desktop tab and then the Customize Desktop and select the icons you want to see.


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Um... I know I posted some info here regarding Classic Windows Start Menu - 'CWSM' from CoreAffinity -- --- and I detailed my love for it and how it was a perfect all inclusive solution for restoring all past features, combining them with new 7 features - and allowing you to easily customize it with a menu system... I had asked Brink and Night Hawk what they though of it - and if they knew of any other better solutions (I can't imagine one existing) I also mentioned that Classic Start menu (which is a 2 part program, one replaces the start menu, the other adds missing features to the windows explorer) was a decent component to use - at least the Explorer side... I don't use their start menu since discovering CWSM...

Was my post deleted?


A:Classic Windows Start Menu

Hello Brian,

I'm not sure what happened to your other post. I cannot find any reference to it.

I moved your post above to here as a new thread since it was not on topic of the tutorial you posted it in.

That seems like a great program. There may be others like it, but I cannot think of any at the moment though.

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I really prefer to use the classic start menu in vista, but I wish I has the search function like in the new start menu. Is is possible to add the search box to the classic start menu?


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For my desktop and notebook computers, I want a classic start menu. I hope this option is included in the final Windows 8 release as I do not use touchscreen monitors.

A:Classic Start Menu Option

Hello 888, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If not, you could use the free program Classic Shell to have it. In addition, you could use the tutorial below to make it easy to enable and disable the Metro UI.

Hope this helps,

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If I install the Classic Windows Menu, {Shell}  will I still be able to use Win 8  Apps Start Screen? How do you toggle between the two?

A:Classic Windows Start Menu

Although I use Stardock's Start8, I can toggle between the two (desktop and start screen).  In Start8, it's a simple configuration change, and I'd imagine it would be the same Classic Windows Menu.  However I recommend Stardock's Start 8, it's only about $5.
Best of luck.

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I've always used the classic start menu but I've never had that bar that runs along the left side of it that says Window XP Professional and I know I've never used the 'small icon' feature either. My computer has always been set up by family members, and they don't remember how they removed it anymore. I recently formatted and reinstalled my OS and I've gotten everything to work correctly except that annoying side bar. It doesn't effect my system performance it's just a personal annoyance. I've provided a picture of what's on my start menu and what my start menu used to look like. There is probably a solution already up for this but when I google I appear to be using the wrong words to find the answer I want. Everyone just says to switch to small icons, which I hate. Even if it's a tweak or registry edit I am willing to try it. Please help me.

A:Solved: Classic Start Menu help

the above link might help !


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I copied the favorites folder and pasted it to the start menu. I noticed that new bookmarks are not added to the favs folder on the start menu but in IE the new bookmarks are there. How can I get bookmarks to update on the classic start menu? I think you can do this with the default start menu in Vista but I'm not sure if it works with the classic start menu. Thanks.

A:Favorites on classic start menu

IE wouldn't know to update Favorites in both places. You should be able to do it if you create a shortcut to that folder. Then you can move the shortcut wherever you want it. You can probably delete the copied folder you created and replace it with the shortcut. The shortcut will link to the original Favorites folder so the new additions will show.To create the shortcut navigate to the Favorites folder from My Computer. For some reason the 'create shortcut' option didn't show when I used Explore. (That was on an XP computer. I assume Vista will be the same.)message edited by DAVEINCAPS

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Try this. Get an Aero-Styled Classic Start Menu in Windows 7 :: the How-To Geek

A:Like Windows Classic Start Menu?

If you're looking for a Start Menu Replacement, here the coolest app I've seen...

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Do you think Microsoft will give us the Classic Start Menu that has been absent in every beta so far?

I welcome change, no issue's there, but The start menu Classic look seems more solid, and easier to navigate (For me) then the "New Start Menu" that has been implemented since Windows XP.... I see how it has helped other users navigate, and that is great, but I do not want to adjust to something I dont feel comfortable's like if America mandated all cars from now on be converted to Right side driving....

A:Windows 7 & Classic start menu...

There is no direct way to change it in Win7. However you could try this program: Vista Start Menu – Convenient alternative to Start menu which will give you a variation of the classic menu. Ive tried it and it appears to work.

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Hi, everybody.

After 2 weeks of coding I finally have skinning support for the classic start menu. Use one of the 5 default skins or make your own (to match that shiny Windows theme of yours). You can change images, fonts and colors as you like. See the attached screenshot.

Get it while it's hot:

If you want to create your own skin, first read the tutorial:

Disclaimer: I am NOT an artist. The current skins are the best I can do . I'm sure there are many talanted people on this forum that can do far better .

P.S. If you are not familiar with Classic Shell - it is a shell extension for Windows 7 and Vista that has a classic start menu, a toolbar for Explorer, and other features.

A:ANN: Classic Shell 0.9.8 -now with skinnable start menu

I think of the many start menu options out there, this is the best--easy to work with.

I have some questions though:
1) Are there any plans to have the sub-menu or the menu support glass backgrounds (and not opaque)?
2) Any plans to have an option for no caption? but with the aero glass? I tried to get rid of the caption but I think it defaults to having one.
3) It's been mentioned before, but are you working on having the Search bar functionality? I've seen it on the "Classic Start Menu" program, but I don't like the lack of customizability of that app.

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Hello, everybody

For the past month I've been working in my spare time on this Classic Shell project. It has:full-featured start menu (keyboard and mouse support, drag and drop, recent documents list, localized in 35 languages)
Up button for Explorer
and other features
Check out the screenshots.

It is free and open source. I just added it to Source Forge:
and Code Project:

The project is still in beta, so glitches and compatibility problems are expected.

Please, give it a try. If you find a problem you can report it here or on the Source Forge help forum.

Ivo Beltchev

A:ANN: Classic Shell - start menu and other features

Ivo, Welcome to the Seven Forum.

That looks good. Not into the old looks, however, there are quite a few on the forum that are always looking for the style format.

Still will give it a shot just to see how it is working.

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Got a bit of a curly one here, guys. Been fooling about with customizations for Win7 and just tried 'Classic Start Menu' from The Code Project at:

The final version is actually here:
No trouble with the app itself, it works a treat, and delivers a classic XP-type Start Menu in Win7. My question concerns the very useful 'Search Programs and Files' facility that opens when the regular Start button is clicked. When Classic Start Menu is installed, this option is missing.

Anyone know if this search box can still be accessed when Classic Start Menu is in place? I'd ask on the Source Forge forum but I'm having trouble logging in there. BTW, one interesting tip that I've learned during this 'crusade' is that the Search Programs and Files box\menu pops up when the Windows key is clicked.

A:Can search box can still be accessed with Classic Start Menu?

Can't help with Classic Start Menu - but I use Vista S.M Vista Start Menu – Convenient alternative to Start menu
and the search box works on that. Looks like XP's start menu too.

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An elderly relative of mine recently got a new laptop with Windows 8. I had suggested she get one with Windows 7 as she has been using XP for about 8 years. But with various hardware requirements she ended up getting a laptop with Windows 8.

Well, getting her accustomed to Windows 8 was a real struggle. The interface changes confused the hell out of her. The only saving grace was to install the "Classic Start Menu". After this, she has been mostly "back to normal". Her opinion? If I hadn't installed that start menu, she would've had me get Windows 7 and install that instead.

I agree. With the Classic Start Menu in place, Windows 8 becomes usable. I tell you, there's no good excuse for Microsoft removing the Start menu from the lower left corner. It really feels like Microsoft is so out of touch. I understand the need to make a core operating system suitable across a number of different devices (phones, tablets, laptops/workstations), but being insensitive to laptops where the Start menu is so frequently accessed? Fine, if you want to create the option to do things differently as with the tiles page, don't take away something considered sacred to so many users.

A:Classic Start Menu -- Microsoft is so out of touch

I agree with you that they shouldn't take away features from Windows. But I don't know why people used the Start Menu so much anyway. I never did. It was such a maze of menus within menus within menus! There's plenty of room on the Desktop to put icons for everything that you regularly use. If you do that, you rarely need the Start Menu.

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Hello guys I looking for the windows 7 classic look and a black start menu do someone know where I can find that?.

A:Looking for windows 7 classic start menu black

Hello xsi and welcome

This would be a good place to start - deviantART: where ART meets application!


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Hi everyone
I posted this sometime before but there are always a load of new people wanting to try W8.

This post is addressed to those "Metro Haters" (which includes me BTW) who use a computer as a COMPUTER rather than a large and heavy smart phone. You CAN have the old start menu back too. !!!!!

Here's a reference to my previous post -- shows a screenshot too

enjoy - and banish those horrible sickly tiles back to outer nothingness where they belong.


A:Reminder for those New to W8 -- Classic start and Menu IS BACK !!!

Seriously? That's through a third party application (which doesn't work 100% like Win7's start menu), and not a native option like your title implies.

And you could simply add a post to your old thread in order to bump it up instead of creating yet another somewhat-misleading thread.

And why did you link to the https version? now most browsers will throw up a security error when they view that page.

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Hi and thanks. I have been using the classic start menu so that the start / programs list is collapsed and shows only the most frequently used programs. For the past 2 days, it is fully expanded. I checked the advanced properties of the classic menu, and the "use personalized menus" is checked, so I can't imagine why this is happening. I really don't like the full expanded list of all my programs.

Does anyone know of a way to put it back to collapsed view? Perhaps a registry entry? I wonder what could have caused this to just suddenly happened?

A:Classic Start / Program Menu Not Collapsing

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Hope someone can help. I'm using Vista ultimate. I have the start menu set to classic. I wanted to revert back to the standard start menu, but it's missing!!!! How do I get it back? The space is there, but the button and label are both gone, nothing... This is really strange. Thanks in advance.

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This is my classic start menu:

When I highlight "Documents" it shows my ten recent documents that I have accessed. Here is an example:

The original Windows XP start menu has a check box that you untick: "List my most recently opened documents". I know I can delete these recent documents manually, or go into Start menu properties, and click clear. But I'm lazy, and I don't want any of these popping up, as I never use this feature. Is there any way I can stop those from appearing?

Also, there's a way to stop "Run" from appearing in the start menu:

...But there isn't a way to stop "Help and Support" from appearing in the start menu. Is there any ways I can stop it from appearing also?


A:[SOLVED] Classic Start Menu for Windows XP

This maybe what you're looking for

<<Remember to BACKUP your Registry before making any changes.>>

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I miss the classic start menu so have created a new toolbar to sit next to the start menu.

In the screenshot you see the number "1", that's because I created a new toolbar and named it "1". I would prefer that "1" to be a blank, but cannot figure out how to do it. If you unselect "show title" then you get the name or icon of the first subfolder within the folder "1", and the drop down menu starts with the next subfolder. So first question is, is it possible to make this toolbar have more of a start button or be blank with no button at all.

Question #2 is, can I make the control panel item (its just above the sideways arrow) automatically expand as a menu to the right? Right now I have to double click it and then it opens as a new window. Thanks

A:toolbar to replace classic start menu

Hello John,

You can use the same way as in this tutorial to pin a folder to the taskbar, but instead of using a folder icon, you can select or use any icon you would like instead.

Taskbar - Pin or Unpin a Folder

You could pin the Control Panel directly to the taskbar.
Control Panel - Pin to Taskbar

In the Start Menu, you can also set the Control Panel to "Display as a menu" in the Customize settings.

Hope this helps some,

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When using the Classic Start Menu, how can you hide both the Programs group, and Settings Group?

I can hide almost anything else on the classic menu, but I don't know what registry entries would hide these last two.



A:Hiding Classic Start Menu Items

Right click on the start menu then goto customize then click on remove and remove what you don't want showing.

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I have looked extensively for an answer to this and have found some "close" answers but not quite the right one.

I am using XP with the start menu in the classic style. For the longest time whenever I would go to start-->programs the programs would list using my most recent programs used. This is the way I wanted it.

So I (of course) had to go messing around and I screwed it up so now all of the programs are listing in alphabetical order. I can't figure out how to change it back!

Any help would be very appreciated!

A:How do I show recent programs in the classic Start menu?

Right click on the task bar, choose properties. Click on the start menu tab. Now choose customize. Under the advanced options at the bottom, choose use personlized menu (the last box). Now cliick the apply and ok buttons. This will hide the programs you do not use.

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Are you missing the Classic Start Menu in your new Windows 7 installation? Now you can get it back and enjoy the Aero-Glass look as well.

Here is the regular ?Start Menu? on one of our example systems. Organized and nice but it would be nicer to be able to switch back and forth between the regular and classic styles whenever we wanted.


When you download the app it will be in a zip file and once you have unzipped the contents here is what is included. At this point you will need to create a ?Program Files? folder, place the contents inside, and create a convenient shortcut. Now you are ready to have the ?Classic Menu? back.


As soon as you start the app your menu will be automatically converted over to the classic style. The rounded corners and Aero-Glass effect make it look very nice. And access for the classic style menu is just the same as for the regular style menu (i.e. Windows Key, Ctrl + Esc, or left clicking the mouse button).

At the moment ?drag & drop, add, remove, rename, and sort items? features are not available in Classic Windows Start Menu. You can make these changes in your regular style menu and the changes will be reflected in the classic style menu when you switch back.

A nice built-in trick is the ?Original menu?? listing. Click on it to temporarily view and use the regular menu and then click on the ?Start Menu Orb Icon? to return to the classic style menu.

If you want (or need) to exit the classic sty... Read more

A:Aero-Styled Classic Start Menu in Windows 7

Hi Ramesh. Just tried it and it works as advertised. You did not say which program needed to be started but a bit of experimenting found cwsm.exe was the one. It appears to load CWSMHook.exe.

The start menu was rather ugly and hard to read though

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So I have to maintain a Winblows box because of some closed-source tools we are required to use from a vendor. The system I bought to lug around said OS is a Dell that doesn't support XP. So I ran Vista for a while and that was a horrid experience. So when Win7 came out we moved over.

Ok so I have managed to hack and slash through the registry to get most of my XP look and feel back. But I still need two things:

1> How do you get the nice tree-view pop-out style Start Menu back in W7 that was available in Vista and before. Most of the stuff I have been reading seems to suggest you can get it, but it requires some hacks.

2> How do you make it show a uniform folder view for everything. And I mean everything. I want a detailed list with common icons (not this stupid custom view bs they started in Vista). So far I am stuck with the dumb custom folders and the wonky layout in Control Panels that makes *NO* sense. Come on... three columns alphabetized top to bottom for each? Which high-school drop out marketing weasel came up with that sad view?

Thanks for your help! This Windows stuff kills me. I don't know how people manage to live with it everyday without being able to see what's going on inside.

A:Classic start menu and consistent folder view in Win7

1> No, but you can find a third party application to do it.

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The problem is this. On a network. Upgraded from NT to XPsp2. Used old profile - desktop admin.

When XP startmenu (simple) is used, clicking on the All Programs does not pop up all the rest of the programs (they are there, in the right place). shortcuts in /documents and settings/%userprofile%/Start Menu/programs/

When classic menu is used, no shortcuts appear above the line (shortcuts in Start Menu root -- /documents and settings/%userprofile%/Start Menu)

The image shows the lack of shortcuts above the line in classic mode.

How can I fix this?

A:XP Start menu riddle no short cuts above line (classic) and no all programs (simple)

How long since you upgraded fro Windows NT?

What service pack did you have installed for Windows NT?

Could we get some system spec's for your computer?

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Hi all

I am running XP Pro, and i dont know what i have done but i do not have a picture on my start menu anymore and when i shut down i dont get the box with the button options, its now like windows 2000 with the drop down list.

How can i get it back to the normal xp??

regards and thanks in advance


A:Start Menu Changed

I think this site will answer your questions.

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Hey all, after using AlienwareGUI for a while to swap to a theme I uninstalled it after a while. The result made the IE icon on the start menu the IE6 icon. I've gone to the quick launch IE icon and changing that icon back to IE7 but it still didn't fix the start menu one. Anyone know how to get it back?

And yeah, doesn't look like much of a problem but I go nuts about it. Probably because im a perfectionist and every other IE icon has the IE7 one. <_<

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Previously when I would click on the start button, the menu that appeared would reach about half way up the screen. Today, however, it goes all the way to the top of the screen. I checked the buttons properties and all there is as it has always been plus the menu has the same amount of icons on it as usual. Also, the "Most Used Programs" part of the menu is blank after every reboot.

Can anyone shed some light as to what is going on?



Windows XP Pro

A:Start Menu Has Suddenly Changed Size

Have you run spyware and virus scans recently? If so, with what software? Running scandisk would be a good idea if you havent run it already too.

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Hiya guys,
I've just done a fresh install of Windows 10 on a new build.
I noticed there are a couple of bits I can't seem to get back to how they were before, last time it was the free upgrade from win7, this time it was a clean install via windows 10 media creation tool.

I've attached a screenshot of how my start menu looks now, before reinstalling I had the power, settings and file explorer at the bottom of the start menu as a list, along with 'all apps', which would open the A-Z list of apps.
As you can see now, the power etc are now icons on the left, with all the apps as a permanent presence next to them.

It's not a huge issue, but something that's frustrating me that I can't figure out how to change it back, I don't launch apps from the A-Z so i'd rather not have it there.

Has this changed in a recent update or something? My PC was without internet for a few months until today so maybe I missed a change.

I have checked and I have the latest build of windows.

Thanks, Mark.

A:Has the start menu changed in a recent update?

15 new features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update - CNET

There isn't any way to "change it back".

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power button in start menu changed to log off automatically
i can't change to shut down in start menu properties
there is only switch user,log off,lock options
pleeeeease help

I also did a system restore

A:Power button in start menu changed to log off automatically?

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Can you set it using the Group Policy Editor?

Power Button - Start Menu

Start > gpedit.msc > Enter

Double click on the line highlighted in the right pane of the image above and wait for the screen shown in the image below:

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Hi i am having a problem with my start menu. It has changed from normal blue and green start menu and toolbar to grey. When i load a web page the border is grey like the old windows 95 setup. Does anyone know how to change it so i have my old start menu and skin?


A:Start menu and border changed blue to grey

Right-click on a blank space on your Desktop. Select Properties. Then click the Appearance tab. Under 'Windows and buttons', select Windows XP.

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Hope someone can help.
I thought I'd change my start up menu so not so many programs opened at start up. Thinking this would be easy I just stopped a few programs that I thought would speed up my start up. I did that thinking that it was easy!!
Now I have lost all programs and internet connection from the laptop and can't do anything with it.
Questions: Do I need to do something easy to bring it back (I tried system restore ) It doesn't have anything I can find to restore it to. 
Question: Would I need to reload windows 7? or can I do it an easier way.

A:Changed start up menu. Lost all programs and internet.

Try going back and re-enabling everything you disabled:

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My friend played a joke on me by setting a screen shot of my desktop as my background and ending the explorer.exe process. I just opened control panel and started a new explorer.exe process but when i did the start menu reverted to a windows 98-ish theme. I've tried many things to get it back to the vista style, and I have found nothing that works. I've had this done to me a couple of times when I used XP on my desktop and everything worked fine. I'm not sure what to do at this point.

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Hello everyone.
Today I tried Windows 10... it's not bad at all but for the moment I prefer to stick with Windows 7.
So I downgraded and everything is fine a part from a small detail in the start menu...

As you can see my Windows 7 is in Italian but there are three entries that are in English.
Documents-Pictures-Music instead of Documenti-Immagini-Musica.
All the settings in control panel are on "Italian" so I don't know why this happened.

Any way to fix it?


A:Windows 7 start menu partially changed language

I feel really stupid.
A simple right click and rename was enough.

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I have a problem with the entries in the start menu. Normaly I have Swedish which is what the system is set to use. But for some reason the entries in the start menu is english now!
How can I change that back? Maybe it hapened when I installed and run the program "Advanced System Care" which was suposed to be a good program, but I'm not sure. I didn't help to uninstall it by the way.

What to do?


A:Start menu language changed, how to change back?


1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Clock, Language, and Region / Change the display language
2. Switch the display language in the Choose a display language drop down menu.

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I was working on my computer and by accident I have changed the name of the folder that is on the start menu with my user files. My username remains the same.

The way I think it happened is I was messing with showing the "User's file" folder on Desktop option and somehow I changed the name.

This is how it looks:

My username is not "J" but now I see that in the start menu instead of my real name.

And as I said when I boot my username is correct and if I browse by path I see C:\Users\Pether.

Does anyone have any ideas about what might have gone wrong?

A:[SOLVED] Accidentally changed name of start menu user folder

Hi, yes if you leave this you will have problems. Go to control panel (classic view) select user accounts select the account and change the name from "J" back to "Pether"

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E3400 @ 2.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2815 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 620i, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 940454 MB, Free - 863794 MB;
Motherboard: eMachines, EMCP73VT-PM
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
New here and wondered if you could help.
I have just uninstalled Avast and installed Microsoft Security Essentials. Since doing so I now get a message when starting the computer that Windows failed to log on to a service, also my task bar and start menu have changed and the computer is really slow to shut down and restart.
I would like to get it back to normal if possible.

A:Solved: Slow computer and Task Bar/Start Menu changed

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I was working on my computer and by accident I have changed the name of the folder that is on the start menu with my user files. My username remains the same.

The way I think it happened is I was messing with showing the "User's file" folder on Desktop option and somehow I changed the name.

This is how it looks:

My username is not "J" but now I see that in the start menu instead of my real name.

And as I said when I boot my username is correct and if I browse by path I see C:\Users\Pether.

Does anyone have any ideas about what might have gone wrong?

A:Solved: Accidentally changed name of start menu user folder

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Good after noon,As I already stated I ran Combfix and it seems to have fixed everything. I am just wondering if anything is still wrong at this point and time.Also I was wondering if there are any good free programs that could help protect me from things like this from happening ever again any advice is welcome.Thanks a lot,FcukChiHere is the log that ComboFix gave me when it was done:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ComboFix 11-06-05.02 - Mike 06/05/2011 12:37:47.1.2 - x86Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.2038.916 [GMT -5:00]Running from: c:\users\Mike\Downloads\ComboFix.exeSP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}..((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))..c:\users\Mike\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Toolc:\users\Mike\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tool\System Tool 2011.lnkc:\users\Mike\Favorites\_favdata.datc:\windows\system32\arp.exec:\windows\system32\msconfig.exec:\windows\system32\rnaph.dllc:\windows\TEMP\Gjq.exe..((((((((((((((((((((((((( Files Created from 2011-05... Read more

A:start menu changed to an old school version and everything on my computer got really slow all of the sudden

Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.
If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, all tools need to be started by right clicking and selecting Run as Administrator&#... Read more

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Hi folks,

I recently ran into frustration trying to save or make new any files in the root C:\ directory, with Windows7 Home Premium being set by default, of course, to not allow this. I did a cursory skim of some information online about changing these settings, and made some changes a bit hastily. Specifically, for the C:\ drive I took ownership of every subdirectory and gave my account full permissions under security. Annoyingly, this didn't fix the original issue of saving to that drive (which I no longer care about anyway), and it caused (at least) two new problems. Now my start menu has far fewer listings than it used to have; I imagine some programs were listed in it based on the previous permissions. I tried to do a system recovery, both through the OS and with a recovery disc, and that does not work either. It lists restore points, but after restarting it says that the restore was unable to complete.

So, my questions are thus:

Can I fix the permissions and ownership of just the restore directory and program components, enough to run one, and revert?

Or, failing that, is there a way to undo recent ownership changes made? I poked around in the Event Viewer, but it's not laid out very clearly.

It's ok if it's not possible or easy to do it this way; I can grab just my vital files and completely reinstall Windows if it's absolutely necessary, but it seems excessive. I doubt the system restore files are corrupted. More, let's say, confuse... Read more

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I am trying to hide "Help and Support" on the Start Menu. I use the "Classic" menu and I am running Vista Home Premium. The ?gpedit.msc? feature is not included with Vista Home Premium. It is only available when using Vista Ultimate. I suspect it will require registry tweak but I don?t know how to do it.

A:How can I hide "Help and Support" on the Classic Start Menu on Home Premium?

have you tried removing it using the start menu properties\customize

you can add or remove programs there

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whenever i startup my computer and log on my windows boxes start menu and taskbar have changed to windows classic (the grey type) and its not letting me change it back to my windows vista style. Im not really good with computers so if you can help me i would be very greatfull.


A:Windows Boxes and taskbar/start menu turns to windows classic

Right click on your desktop, click Personalize, when the window opens click Theme, and change it to Windows Vista. If that doesn't work, try to open the start menu, right click on Computer, click Properties, when the window opens click Advanced system settings on the left side, when the system properties window opens, click Settings..., (you may have to go to the Advanced tab first) and then select Adjust for best appearance.

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Hi all,

Awhile back my computer developed a serious problem - possibly due to a Windows update - it would hang on starting. I was able to get it to start again by rolling back a bit - but now I have a strange phenomenon - the start menu is stuck on "Classic". there is no second choice, the space where the radio button should be is blank. It's as if someone had deliberately shut it off. Everything else works fine.

I ran SFC, it indicated no problems. But anyway, I did an entire repair installation as per the tutorial here, hoping that it would reset the thing back to normal - the repair install appears to have been successful - but no dice on the start menu - it's as before...

I did a search on this phenomenon, I saw it mentioned a few times, but I did not see any solutions offered. Is there something that has been set in group policies or services that shuts this off? Something else that could cause this? I miss my start menu and if nothing else I'm going to have to wipe the whole install and start over - with Win 7 - but I would like to avoid that if possible as it means weeks of reinstalling and setting stuff up.

Thanks, --ch

specs: i7/940, Intel MoBo, 12GB, Nvidia GTX 280

A:Start menu - only "Classic" available

If not too much time has passed you can try a sytem restore which will work, if you go back far enough
System Restore - How to
In lieu of that you can use this software to download and use an alternative and possibly better start menu
Vista Start Menu – Convenient alternative to Start menu
This will show you how to begin to use the classic menu, does the reverse procedure work for you or is it even availble?
Start Menu Classic View

Did you right click on the start button and select properties?

Did you try to make a new user account and see if the problem persists?
Did you try in safe mode and/or clean boot.

Unfortunatley, it sounds like a registry problem, which can be resolved by a system restore. If I find an easy safe way to restore the registry I will post.

For mow, I present this article with a warning; be careful, be very careful. A mistake while changing registry can result in serious problems. If you feel that you want to try, back up registry and make a system restore point and use extreme caution

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Hello, Would someone please be able to help me. I recently got my computer back after being repaired and it was on a small resoultion under the 1000's. I bought a new screen to go with it and just turned it on. I went to display settings and changed resoultion to 1920x1080 and now its just a big blank stretched wallpaper with no icons, task menu/bar or start menu. I also can't click or right click thus I have no way to change this back. I've tried going into normal safe mode and display settings changed it to the smallest, restarted the computer and its doing the exact same thing. I know no fixes and would really appreciate all the help I can get.

A:Changed Resoultion, Icons, Taskbar, Start menu All gone. Can't Click or right click

Follow the below steps:
Press CTRL+Alt+delete together and hit enter
Click on File and New Task (Run)
Type "Control" without any quotes. This will open control panel Window, from where you can easily get to display settings options and change your PC resolution back to it's initial state.

Good Luck.

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just a quick question my computer didnt boot and put itself into recovery mode, found nothing wrong then worked fine. when the desktop came up i had this task bar?
anybody know why and how i can change it back?

A:Windows 7 Taskbar Changed to Classic

Check and see if you are using a basic theme. If so, change to an Aero theme.

Theme - Change or Save

A Guy

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i wake up this morning to find my theme changed to classic... i tried to change to other theme but it useless any solution for this?? thanks~

A:Help? Window 7 Theme suddently changed to Classic

Quote: Originally Posted by kennchee

i wake up this morning to find my theme changed to classic... i tried to change to other theme but it useless any solution for this?? thanks~

If someone does not come by with a technical method to make the change, that your prefer, I would just go with system restore. That is what it is for and what I would try first.

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Hi guys, i really can't find a solution to this, for some reason my folder icons have changed to classic style, instead of the normal XP Style. My desktop is currently on XP style but the folder icons are simply in classic style , is there a way to restore them ?
Thanks for any help.

A:Folder Icons changed to Classic Style!!

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Hi and thanks in advance for any help.

Windows has changed itself to classic display. Thing is when I call up the theme settings, all the options but classic are greyed out. Strange, no?

A:Win7 display changed to classic & won't revert.

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So I was watching some youtube videos with mozilla and then all of the sudden the screen flashes, turns into classic theme, slows down my pc a bit (cpu usage suddenly >50%). This happened for like a minute and then everything back to normal again. This never happens to me before. Can anybody explain it to me? Am I the only one?

A:Windows theme suddenly changed into classic and slows down

Hello Vincent,

I would say that is sounds like your WEI score may have updated at that time, or a video driver may have been installed through Windows Update.

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I have a problem with microsoft office programs that will not open in the vista start menu???.When clicking on a program from the start menu, won't run. When clicking the
same program from the start menu -> program folder, it will run. What could
be? I am not using the classic menu. I have tried to re-pin them,but still they will not open??, all other programs are ok.. Can someone please help me.Thank You.

A:Vista Start Menu

Hi Rip,

You could try going to C:\Program Files x86, opening the program folder and right click on the program.exe file, then select Pin to start menu.

I assume you have been pinning the shortcut in the start menu > program folder up till now ?

Hope it helps


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hi there,

How do i remove the white space on the start menu?. Everytime i add a shortcut to the start menu it just keeps getting bigger and bigger and it wont file up the empty space.I've tried everythiing in the customize settings and it still wont fix it. Any help is much appreciated, thanks.

A:vista start menu

Are you referring to the area below the gray line? If so, that automatically fills with commonly used applications that aren't already shortcutted above the grey line.

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when you click on the round icon with the windows flag on it, is the start menu meant to fade in/out or just appear/dissappear?

A:Vista Hp Start Menu

it depends on how you have it set up, as default its set to faze in and out, all to do with a nicer look to it all lol

if you have your computer set for better performance rather than visual aspects then the start menu will just pop up and then disappear

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When i click on the start orb the start menu comes up quick..
but then when i move my mouse around the menu it lags with the highlighting.

I can move from the bottom to the top quick and after i stop i'll still see the highlight creeping up.

I know it can't just be the Glass/Aero style.. because it does the same thing when its disabled...
how can i fix this?!

A:Vista start menu lag...

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I just got a netbook with IE7 installed. I want to change the menu back to classic menu view as per the Microsoft website but the choice is not in the list when I right click on the menu bar. Any ideas? I've only had it for 2 days so I don't think I messed anything up yet.

A:Classic Menu

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Having grown totally fed up with the lack of campatibilty with Vista, I had my system changed to XP Prof,. which is all great and all very compatible, but I do miss many of Vista's features. I've was using Vista for awhile now, and as much as it drove me to almost taking a sledge hammer to it, it does have a few redeeming features.Such as : the "Snipping Tool" which I used constantly - it's simple, easy and quick - nothing complicated about it. Simply draw around the window you want, and click save - Voila Done!~Such as : Click on the Start menu - and you can type anything and it will find it, if it's there of course - I can never remember where I've saved anything, etc etc, and this feature just takes all the guessing out of the equation. I hate XP's Start Mnu - it just seems so old now -And many other features..So now that I'm back to XP, i'm hoping that there is a way to stay wth XP, but to have some of the few benefits that Vista offers ...Is this possible ????Hope so...................

A:Lament For Vista Start Menu .....?!

Hi Nat!

You can probably find 3rd party tools that'll do the same thing - but you'll have to look for each one, and then test all that are available to find one that you like.

Another option would be tri-booting Ubuntu, Vista and XP, and yet another option would be running one OS inside the other in a virtual machine.

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I have only just upgraded to Vista and was wondering if there was a way to change the start menu.

When I had XP I used to just go into Documents and settings and into the start menu folder to reorganise my folders in the start menu. I always have prefered to just have a few folders in my programs in the start menu as it looks tidier and is easier to use.

I have looked through the Vista files and cant find the folders where I can change it in vista.

Is there any way of doing this in this operating system?


A:Changing the Start Menu in Vista

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Vista Start Menu – Convenient alternative to Start menu

Best and Warm Regards
Adrian Wainer

A:Alternative Vista Start Menu

Too bad the full version costs money.

It's not bad.

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Left clicking the Start Menu doesn't do anything. It works the first time you try it, then nothing.

Pressing Windows Key, the same

Explorer.exe running at 50%

Other users on the computer have no trouble

Done sfc scan - found error which promised to fix on restart

Normal left clicking elsewhere is OK

Have run Malwarebytes

Any help appreciated

A:Explorer using 50% - No Start Menu - Vista


Try this, if you didn't already.

Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager. On the Applications tab, click 'new task'.

Type explorer.exe and click ok.

Let me know if this works.

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Okay, so Windows Vista has a nice feature that lets you search for the program you want by clicking Start and then typing in the name.

My question is, how do I get it to actually have the program come up first, not the "uninstall <program name>" or other items in that program's start menu folder?

For example, if I search "iTunes" I get 2 results, About iTunes, and iTunes.
I want iTunes (program shortcut) to appear first... not second. How do I do that? I remember it used to do that... but then something changed and it stopped.

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Here's the problem ; I click on the START menu , and it opens fine. But.... when I slide the cursor up and stop on my choice for opening -- FREEZE !! The next drop-down menu doesn't open - it appears simply as an empty rectangle, as if you used the cursor to create a rectangle selection area.
Nothing I try will close the first stage of the START menu, and I cant force it to open the next layer of shortcuts, no matter what I try. This can last maybe 30 seconds or more. (never timed, but a very long wait!)
NEXT; when the next drop-down menu finally appears -- one guess. If I need to go one more step / layer? into the menu shortcuts ..... it happens again!!! Now it's frozen with the initial START menu up, plus whatever drop-down menu I chose to get to where I want.
I've read a handful of posts on this, and just cant decide on a direction...and/or there's a slight variance in the problem description. OR... and most annoying, is all the links to a developer's magic cure for all Windows ailments. Hate that - learned early on that it rarely is going to fix your particular problem.
Any thoughts? ideas? .... similar experiences?(< which might actually lead me to the fix ;- )

A:VISTA Start Menu Freezes !

Hi can you clarify which operating system your using you have xp under your signature and this is vista and win 7 also posting the make and model of your computer or if a custom build the make and model of your motherboard,cpu,gpu,ram,and psu will be of help to us

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Hello, I am having trouble with my windows vista start menu/taskbar, now it's not a normal problem, I don't think, for I have searched and searched or a solution, but to no avail, I couldn't.

so here is my problem, my taskbar(y'know the place where all your tabs are when you have thing's open), is stuck on classic menu-which is the old ugly grey bar. it's set on the normal start menu, but everything is in classic, and I have no idea why, or any idea how to fix this.

It is very annoying! because this is a new computer! and I need help or advice! At first it used to just looked like any normal windows vista taskbar, but my mom touched my computer-somehow friged it up, and it used to look normal, but quickly transition to classic, without my permission, and now it's just staying there.

I hope there's a solution, please help!

(I have a laptop, if that matters at all.)

A:Vista start menu issues.


Try this:

right click on the desktop > Personalize > Theme > Windows vista > Apply > OK.

(Check the image attached)


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If I have a virus/ malware, my AV (symantec Norton 360) has completely missed it, but I can't get around this problem and even tried a system restore from a restore point more than a week prior to this problem.

Here's my log file:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:21:33 PM, on 11/15/2007
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16546)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Winamp Remote\bin\orbtray.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp Remote\bin\Orb.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\ESPNRunTime\DIGServices.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
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hello i'm new here so i hope someone will see this..
thanks for anyone who might be able to help me..
i installed vista a few weeks ago...being the economical person i am, i decided to go thru all my extraneous directories that windows installs and delete a few things i know i'd never use...mostly public junk, etc etc...i also understand that vista is smart, actually modifying what it shows you depending on the things you use most, bla bla bla..
i'm the only one using my puter and i've set the account up with admin priviledges..

just recently, i've noticed that my name is no longer displayed in the start menu just above the "documents" button & underneath my display picture, and i'm concerned about it...i'm thinking maybe it had something to do with those directories i've deleted in the public area...OR maybe vista just realised that by now i'm the only one who ever touches my puter and has chosen to assume it's always me and not show my name anymore..
i don't know but i'd like to know why this is happening, and if i choose to, how i can restore it?
i've tried in the policy manager but none of those settings seem to make a difference...

any ideas?

thanks for any help anyone could offer

A:no user name on vista start menu?

The User Name appears on the Start menu.

Did you use a reg Editor/cleaner to "delete" anything?
If you did, you probably deleted something you shouldnt have, and corrupted Windows. If possible you may be able to Undo it with System restore, or you may need to re-install Vista.

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Is the Start Menu in Vista Premium 64-bit supposed to be transparent? If so, mine is not, and I would prefer that it was. Is there some tweak that I am missing? I am running the Aero Glass desktop, but my Start Menu is still opaque. I have tried a dozen 3rd party programs, to no avail. WindowBlinds from Stardock wreaks havoc on my desktop settings. Does anyone have a clue as to how to make and desktop (and perhaps the right-click context menu) transparent?

Thanks for any and all assistance!

A:Transparent Vista Start Menu???

are you talking about the taskbar or the start menu? the taskbar should be see through if you have aero enabled. run the windows experience index and make sure it's allowing aero to be used.

my start menu isn't see through..but i also have it set to classic. my right click context menus are also not see thru.

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Vista Start Menu ? Convenient alternative to Start menu

I installed this programme and really liked it. I was told it was compatible with Vista but my Vista Home premium 32 didn't like it at all and kept trying to uninstall it. I did uninstall it just in case it messed things up but I would like to get it back if poss. Any ideas anyone?

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Yeah looks ok but i just arrange my start menu how i like it...


I have a Audio & Video folder where i put VLC Player, Media Player, Itunes.... and so on

3rd party software like that has too much advertising for my liking

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When I select the power button from the start menu in Vista SP1 the dialog box with the options of shutdown, restart etc.. no longer appears this started happening about a week ago I don't recall doing anything special at that time.

I can shut down and restart using a hard boot only.

any help out there?

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Lost connection between "Start" menu items and the items themselves.
My OS is Vista.
Eg: If I go "Start" > Documents> to a particular document - nothing happens, the document does not open
Eg: If I go "Start" > Programmes > Games > Free Cell - nothing happens, the programme does not open
Eg: If I go "Start" > Control Panel > Network Internet > Internet Options - nothing happens

It seems to have happened for no reason.
The link between Desktop icons and their progammes is still operative but the link between Start menu items and their objects is lost.

How might I restore whatever the linkage is which is lost?

TSG Sysinfo is

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista&#8482; Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5750 @ 2.00GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2037 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family, 448 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 57076 MB, Free - 8942 MB; E: Total - 55894 MB, Free - 50996 MB;
Motherboard: Intel Corp., Base Board Product Name
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus 2012, Updated and Enabled

The laptop is a Toshiba

Many thanks for your help. (And captainiron276 for your TSG assurance)

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Simular issue to this one:

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With submenues if i hover over them they open but if i click that also closes the start menu.

I have run anti virus and spybot but nothing has come up.

Any help would be very much appreciated, my computer specs are as follows:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic , 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2130 @ 1.86GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 12
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1917 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M Series, 0 Mb
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Motherboard: NEC , AK2, CD3A, QPCAEA73300175
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

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Have run Malwarebytes

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Some times a Internet Explorer plug-in can mess up Windows Explorer. Start Internet Explorer go to Gear > Internet Options > Advanced > Reset button.

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