Tonight, a friend of mine did an advanced upgrade from Windows XP Home Edition to Windows XP Professional SP2. From a good standpoint, all end user files such as jpg's, mp3's, movie files, etc. stayed intact. Additionally, within the Program Files Folder, all of the application folders along with their respective contents are there as well.
Now, the bad news. Within Add/Remove Programs, there are not any entries. Addtionally, there are no longer any desktop icons for the programs which are still on the hard drive. And, finally, there are missing start menu icons for applications, utilities, games, etc.
Since these issues occured following the advanced upgrade from Windows XP Home to XP Pro SP2, I assume there is some sort of connection. With this point in mind, is there a way of getting back the missing shortcuts without having to manually create them onto the desktop?
Any help regarding this post will be appreciated. I look forward to reviewing each expert's feedback regarding this question.
Thanks in advance.