Windows 7 Start menu trouble. Please Guide

My Windows 7 Start menu Items are not appearing like:

when i click All Programs, it shows nothing and Blank there

Please guide what i do!

Regards
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Aman SubhanOracle Database AdministratorCommented:

Problem:

 An upgraded from Vista SP1 to Win7 RC (7100), my All Programs was blank (see below).
   
   

Data Points:

 
  • All the programs, shortcuts & folders in the All Users and current user Start Menu/Programs folders were there
  • TheShell Folders and User Shell Folders in the registry (both current userand local machine) were pointing to the right folders
  • Permissions on said folders were all set as expected
  • Able to reproduce on BOTH a Clean Windows 7 RC install and upgrade (but it’s much more likely to been seen in a upgrade).
  • Toreproduce on a clean install, open either All Users or current user’sStart Menu and create a ton of shortcuts. I took the IE shortcut,copied and pasted it until I had 80+ copies. At that point, even thelean install’s All Programs broke. After deleting those copies (andend-tasking and running Explorer) the Clean’s All Programs came back.
 

Research:

 This link lead me to a true fix for the issue, Windows 7 Forums - Program Icons Missing in All Programs Menu    

 

Root Cause:

 Itseems that Windows 7 doesn’t currently like having too manyshortcuts/folders in the Start Menu/Programs folder. With somethingclose to 70+’ish shortcuts/folders in the combined All Users & UserStart Menu/Program folders (common in an upgrade scenario) the AllPrograms list will end up being blank/empty

 

Resolution:

 Movea number of shortcuts/folders from Start Menu/Programs into a newsubfolder, like Start Menu/Programs/Stuff, and then restart WindowsExplorer. Wash, rinse, repeat until your All Programs works.

 

Quick Resolution Walk Through:

 Disclaimer: Thisis what worked for me, on two systems. Your mileage may vary. You dothis at your own risk and while this should not break your system (noris it really even dangerous), take care and do it slow. You assume allthe risk and liabilities in this process and I assume none (i.e. don’tblame me if you jack up your system). This resolution is provided as agood faith effort to help, yada, yada, yada..
  a) Left click on the Windows orb to open the Start Menu
  b) Right click on the All Programs. You should see a menu like the one pictured below
   
  c)Left click on the Open menu item (aka the current user’s, yours, StartMenu). You should see something like what is pictured below, though theactual contents may be a little different
   
  d)Double left click on the Programs folder. You should see something whatis pictured below, though the actual contents will be different, youshould see a “bunch” of folders
   
  e) Create a new subfolder called “Stuff” (no quotes, and you can name it what ever you really want too)
   
  f) Select a bunch of the folders/shortcuts and drag (i.e. move) them into “Stuff”
   
   
  g)Start Task Manager, go to the Processes tab, select “explorer” and thenclick on the “End Process” button. This will kill the explorer process,taskbar, start menu, etc.
  This step is very important. Unlessyou restart Windows Explorer your results (i.e. what you see in AllPrograms) will not be reliable. Believe me, I’ve found this out aftermany false starts. Make a change, kill and restart Explorer. Wash,rinse, repeat…
   
  h) Now in Task Manager, select the File menu, Run submenu.
   
  i) Enter “explorer” (no quotes) and click OK. This will restart Explorer, and the taskbar, Windows orb, etc should all re-appear
   
  j) Try your All Programs now… If enough things have been moved, you should be good!  :)
   
  k)If you’re All Programs is still empty, then repeat the above steps inthe All Users Start Menu folder (i.e. the “Open All Users” menu choicewhen you right click on “All Programs”)
   
  Now you canalso begin to move stuff back up from Stuff into the Programs folder asneed be. Remember to end/run Windows Explorer during this process.If/when your All Programs go blank again, you now know how to fix it..Problem:  
An upgraded from Vista SP1 to Win7 RC (7100), my All Programs was blank (see below).  
      Data Points:  All the programs, shortcuts & folders in the All Users and current user Start Menu/Programs folders were there
The Shell Folders and User Shell Folders in the registry (both current user and local machine) were pointing to the right folders
Permissions on said folders were all set as expected
Able to reproduce on BOTH a Clean Windows 7 RC install and upgrade (but it’s much more likely to been seen in a upgrade).
To reproduce on a clean install, open either All Users or current user’s Start Menu and create a ton of shortcuts. I took the IE shortcut, copied and pasted it until I had 80+ copies. At that point, even the lean install’s All Programs broke. After deleting those copies (and end-tasking and running Explorer) the Clean’s All Programs came back.

  Research:  
This link lead me to a true fix for the issue, Windows 7 Forums - Program Icons Missing in All Programs Menu    
  Root Cause:  
It seems that Windows 7 doesn’t currently like having too many shortcuts/folders in the Start Menu/Programs folder. With something close to 70+’ish shortcuts/folders in the combined All Users & User Start Menu/Program folders (common in an upgrade scenario) the All Programs list will end up being blank/empty
  Resolution:  
Move a number of shortcuts/folders from Start Menu/Programs into a new subfolder, like Start Menu/Programs/Stuff, and then restart Windows Explorer. Wash, rinse, repeat until your All Programs works.
  Quick Resolution Walk Through:  
Disclaimer: This is what worked for me, on two systems. Your mileage may vary. You do this at your own risk and while this should not break your system (nor is it really even dangerous), take care and do it slow. You assume all the risk and liabilities in this process and I assume none (i.e. don’t blame me if you jack up your system). This resolution is provided as a good faith effort to help, yada, yada, yada..  
a) Left click on the Windows orb to open the Start Menu  
b) Right click on the All Programs. You should see a menu like the one pictured below  
   
c) Left click on the Open menu item (aka the current user’s, yours, Start Menu). You should see something like what is pictured below, though the actual contents may be a little different  
   
d) Double left click on the Programs folder. You should see something what is pictured below, though the actual contents will be different, you should see a “bunch” of folders  
   
e) Create a new subfolder called “Stuff” (no quotes, and you can name it what ever you really want too)  
   
f) Select a bunch of the folders/shortcuts and drag (i.e. move) them into “Stuff”  
   
   
g) Start Task Manager, go to the Processes tab, select “explorer” and then click on the “End Process” button. This will kill the explorer process, taskbar, start menu, etc.  
This step is very important. Unless you restart Windows Explorer your results (i.e. what you see in All Programs) will not be reliable. Believe me, I’ve found this out after many false starts. Make a change, kill and restart Explorer. Wash, rinse, repeat…  
   
h) Now in Task Manager, select the File menu, Run submenu.  
   
i) Enter “explorer” (no quotes) and click OK. This will restart Explorer, and the taskbar, Windows orb, etc should all re-appear  
   
j) Try your All Programs now… If enough things have been moved, you should be good!  :)  
   
k) If you’re All Programs is still empty, then repeat the above steps in the All Users Start Menu folder (i.e. the “Open All Users” menu choice when you right click on “All Programs”)  
   
Now you can also begin to move stuff back up from Stuff into the Programs folder as need be. Remember to end/run Windows Explorer during this process. If/when your All Programs go blank again, you now know how to fix it..




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Aman SubhanOracle Database AdministratorCommented:
Sorry for bad formatting....
i copied it and it havnt copied the full image content!!!
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Gurpreet Singh RandhawaCEOAuthor Commented:
Dude is there any other way:

Your method seems quite good and viable solution only issue that the images srewing me up and i do not want to lose my operating system

Regards
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Aman SubhanOracle Database AdministratorCommented:
Look here for better understanding:

http://openforge.co.cc/archives/2010/04/19/138
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centervCommented:
Upgrading from vista most likely.  
Right click Start/Open all users
Right click Start/All Programs/open
You now have 2 windows open. Clean up all the empty shortcut folders and remove duplicates and
anything else you don't need.  Be sure you have number of items below 70. Close windows.
In search type   sfc /scannow   hit enter and wait for it to finish.
Reboot

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Gurpreet Singh RandhawaCEOAuthor Commented:
Awesome! only think the actual Programs do not get effected i mean their paths etc
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Aman SubhanOracle Database AdministratorCommented:
Why r we using sfc here???
It dosnt seems to a virus attack... or misplacement of Windows Protected Files....

Kinda confusing :S
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centervCommented:
mani 929
>>>>Why r we using sfc here???
It dosnt seems to a virus attack... or misplacement of Windows Protected Files....

sfc is for neither of those items. I suggest you look into proper function.
In this case it would have replaced explorer.exe and any other damaged files from vista upgrade.
Ending and starting explorer process does not repair the file.

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