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Missing desktop shortcuts and start menu application shortcuts after XP upgrade from Home to Pro

Hi Everyone:

         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.

         George
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GMartin
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi GMartin,

do the applications still run?
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nobusCommented:
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M0b1usCommented:
Hi Geroge
logon as administrator
goto Mycomputer -> tools --> Folder options -> View -> 'uncheck' use simple file sharing
then point to C:\Documents and Settings\<username>
right click the username -> properties -> Security ->Advanced -> Owner -> Select Administrators (computername\administrators) & mark Replace on Subcontainers and object then ok
goback to properties -> Security ->Advanced ->Permissions -> in a group or username add the valid username and use full control
 'if listed with unfamiliar username Ex. S-1-x-xx-xxxxxxx-xxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxx' then just remove the username

Hope This help

M0b1us
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

       Sorry, the applications do work.  I am in the process of reviewing the link to the forum thread provided within this post.

        Thanks

        George
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
hmm you can always recreate your shortcut but the add remove list has me stumped
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scrathcyboyCommented:
When you say "advanced" upgrade, I ve not seen this choice, but it is clear that he chose to install a NEW version of XP and NOT do an inplace upgrade of the original OS.  If that is the case, he has LOST all links to his original programs, because the upgrade choice he made did NOT save any of those program links.  So NO, you will not be able to get back to the original, unless he chose to save the original setup for later restore.  IF he did this it will appear in the add/remove programs -- resotre to previous OS.  If that is not there, he did a clean install and cannot recover.  So you might as well tell him to start reinstalling all the apps again, and dont make the same mistake twice.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi Everyone:

        Thanks for the quick replies to this post.  After reviewing the information given and the links, we finally had to go ahead and manually create links to each of his programs onto the desktop and start menu area.  Since I was not there when he initially performed the XP Home to XP Pro upgrade, it has hard to say what actually happened.  At least, the applications were still functional along with the end user files being intact.  

         In any case, thanks again everyone for your participation in this post.  I learned much from it.

        George
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