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Solved Items missing from Start menu

I rearranged my Start menu recently. I've just discovered that some items are now missing from the "Accessories" folder. I currently have:

Ease of Access
System Tools
Command Prompt
Windows Explorer

So, things such as "Wordpad" are missing.

I would be grateful if someone could tell me what menu items are missing, and the links to those items.
When I click Start > Programs, I still don't see all the items that I expect to see :(

However, when I use Windows Explorer to open:

C:\Users\me\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\

then I see what I want to see.

For example, "Administrative Tools" is in the folder, but not in the Start menu.

Note that I did not follow Brink's exact tutorial instructions in the link:


The instructions recommended block copying of the "Programs" folders, whereas I have already arranged my Programs folder (and subfolders) to my own preferences.

So, rather than block copying, I used a folder comparison tool to selectively move files from Single User and All Users on the desktop to:

C:\Users\me\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\

Is the problem due to something wrong with "desktop.ini"? I tried copying that file from the desktop to the hidden folder, but there was no effect.

Note that my laptop is a single-user machine. I want my All Users folder to be empty. So, if I temporarily create an account for someone, I don't want to have to check to see what programs they can access. I want them to see nothing. Then I can move programs on demand.

(HIstorically, the other reason that I don't want files spread over Single User and All Users is that desktop icons are sorted from A-Z for one user, then A-Z for All Users (or maybe it's the other way round! And maybe that was only for XP.). I want all my icons to be sorted from A-Z.)
This problem is quite simple. But we all hate the simple stuff that have us there for hours trying to figure out a solution.

What you're going to do is:

  1. right click on the start menu and click explore
  2. Look to the left hand side in the folders list pane
  3. Navigate to the folders where it should be located....you can look on the top of the page in the address bar
  4. It should be the folder 'start menu' that is selected and in the right side it shows 'folder empty'
  5. Right click on the folder named 'start menu' and select properties
  6. Under the General tab, under the Attributes section, you will Deselect hidden
  7. click apply
  8. click ok
This should fix the problem. If the files have not been erased that is. If they have been erased then you would follow the steps that these guys kindly posted above.