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All Users folders not displaying in XP Start Menu

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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Just been building a new PC. I've installed Windows XP SP2 and office etc and Microsoft updated it. I then thought I would test Media Player, only to find no shortcut to it in the Start Menu.
A bit more digging showed me that the shortcut was there in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Program Files\ but was set as hidden. Unhiding it made it visible, however I noticed that some of the folders showed the folder with a window in front of it icon and some just the folder icon, specifically Accessories, Administrative Tasks and Startup. The ones with just a folder icon do not show in the Start Menu. I have looked at all the settings and permissions I can think of but apart from the actual icon image they are same as the folders that do show (changing the icon image doesn't fix it BTW!).
I could work round it by copyng the folders in the user profile/defualt user profile, but I don't really want to do that.
I am using the classic Start Menu, I have tried ticking Show Administrative Tools int he Start Menu options with no effect, there is no Show Accessories option.
Any suggestions?
(PC is not (yet) on a domain and I am logged on with an admin account.)
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The installation is from a standard volume licence CD. Various software has been installed but only stuff like Office, Acrobat reader etc. We follow a standard build procedure and the same problem has not occured on other PC (obviously something must have been done differently thogh, I'm not thinking its a hardware problem!)
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The same folders are also in the user profiles, I've come across it before where having start menu folders in two location with different settings causes problems. The versions in the Start Menu pf the Default User profile was hidden. Unhiding it, deleting the user profile and logging on to create a new profile seems to have resolved this.


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