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Taskbar and Start Menu Start Menu - Restore Missing Default Shortcuts

Brink

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mvp
Start Menu - Restore Missing Default Shortcuts How to Restore Missing Default Start Menu Shortcuts in Vista
This will provide you with separate downloads that include all of the All Programs default shortcuts in the Start menu for each edition of Vista so you can either restore all of the shortcuts or just the ones you need.
Published by Brink Category: Taskbar and Start Menu 
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How to Restore Missing Default Start Menu Shortcuts in Vista
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This will provide you with separate downloads that include all of the All Programs default shortcuts in the Start menu for each edition of Vista so you can either restore all of the shortcuts or just the ones you need.
How to Restore Missing Default Start Menu Shortcuts in Vista

information   Information
This will provide you with separate downloads that include all of the All Programs default shortcuts in the Start menu for each edition of Vista so you can either restore all of the shortcuts or just the ones you need.
Note   Note
A Start Menu shortcuts download for the Vista Enterprise edition is not included in this tutorial. You can use the download for Ultimate in it's place.

EXAMPLE: Start menu All Programs for Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate
NOTE:
To compare and see the features in each edition of Vista, see: Windows Vista Editions Overview and The Vista Editions Comparison Table
Home_Basic.jpg Home_Premium.jpg
Business.jpg Ultimate.jpg





STEP ONE
To Restore Default Start Menu Shortcuts used by Current User Only

NOTE: All 32 bit and 64 bit editions of Vista have these same single current user default Start menu shortcuts. You will also need to download the All Users Default Shortcuts for your edition of Vista in STEP TWO below.
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Single_User_Shortcuts.zip
download

2. Save the Single_User_Shortcuts.zip file to the desktop.​
3. Right click on the Single_User_Shortcuts.zip file (on desktop) and click on Open.​
4. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt.​
5. Extract the Single_User_Shortcuts folder to the desktop.​
6. Right click on the Start button and click on Open or Explore, not Open/Explore All Users. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This will open this hidden Start Menu folder in Windows Explorer:​
C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
Single_User_Explorer.jpg

7. To Restore All Default Single User Start Menu Shortcuts
A) Open the Single_User_Shortcuts folder (on desktop) and right click on the Programs folder and click on Copy.​
B) Right click on a empty space in the Windows Explore window and click on Paste. (See screenshot above)​
C) Click on Yes and Copy and Replace to confirm the copying of the default shortcuts and desktop.ini files.​

8. To Restore Just the Single User Shortcuts You Want
A) Open the Single_User_Shortcuts folder (on desktop) and manually copy the shortcuts you want over to the Start menu location in the Programs folder in the Windows Explorer window location above. (See screenshot below step 6)​






STEP TWO
To Restore Default Start Menu Shortcuts Shared by All Users

NOTE: You will just need to select the download for your edition of Vista. You will also need to do STEP ONE above to restore the Single User default Start Menu shortcuts.
1. For Vista 32 bit or 64 bit Home Basic
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
All_Users_Home_Basic.zip
download

B) Go to step 5.​

2. For Vista 32 bit or 64 bit Home Premium
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
All_Users_Home_Premium.zip
download

B) Go to step 5.​

3. For Vista 32 bit or 64 bit Business
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
All_Users_Business.zip
download

B) Go to step 5.​

4. For Vista 32 bit or 64 bit Ultimate
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
All_Users_Ultimate.zip
download

5. Save the ZIP file to the desktop.​
6. Right click on the ZIP file (on desktop) and click on Open.​
7. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt.​
8. Extract the All_Users_(Vista Edition) folder to the desktop.​
9. Right click on the Start button and click on Open All Users or Explore All Users, not Open/Explore. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This will open this hidden Start Menu folder in Windows Explorer:​
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
All_Users_Explorer.jpg

10. To Restore All Default All Users Start Menu Shortcuts
A) Open the All_Users_(Vista Edition) folder (on desktop) and highlight the Programs folder, Default Programs shortcut, and Windows Update shortcut, then right click on them and click on Copy.​
B) Right click on a empty space in the Windows Explore window and click on Paste. (See screenshot above)​
C) Click on Yes and Copy and Replace to confirm the copying of the default shortcuts and desktop.ini files.​

11. To Restore Just the All Users Shortcuts You Want
A) Open the All_Users_(Vista Edition) folder (on desktop) and manually copy the shortcuts you want over to the Start menu location in the Programs folder in the Windows Explorer window location above. (See screenshot below step 9)​

That's it,
Shawn


 
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Brink

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mvp
#11
Your welcome Ninjai, and welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

It could have been from something like a incompatible program doing it as a wrong function. I would check into anything that you did just before it happened as a possible cause. :confused:

Shawn
 

Brink

Staff member
mvp
#13
Your welcome Ilgenfritz, and welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Usually, it is related to a incompatible program that caused it.

Shawn
 
#20
Thanks a lot for this one. Tried to make a new user but didn't help with all files. I was to the point of using system restore and lose pretty much all my settings if it wasn't for this.