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Alarms and Clock app start menu entry corrupt

Question: Alarms and Clock app start menu entry corrupt

When I open the start menu, the entry for the 'Alarms and Clock' app shows a lot of chinese characters and some other odd characters. When I hover the mouse over that entry, the tooltip is a large box full of 100s of chinese characters. I have attached some screenshots. The screenshots have been cropped to upload faster.

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I was just looking at my metro start menu tiles and noticed that none of them showed the time. Any idea how to get the time to show up? They will probably have a clock tile soon, but this bothers me for now.

Answer:No Clock or Clock tile on Start menu? How can I get one?

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Hello all!!

I need to know if is possible to add a custom entry to shutdown menu, that's in the Start Menu.


Answer:How add custom entry to Start Menu shutdown menu

This might be of help.

Remove Options from the Windows 7 Shutdown Menu [How To] | Windows 7 Customization | Windows Tools, Help & Guides

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Question: Alarms & Clock

Please help with a perplexing issue. Have been using this app with no issues and decided to redo my alarms so I deleted all alarms and reset some of them how ever suddenly I was receiving duplicate alarms. So decided to delete all alarms and timers.
Now I am still getting the alarms to trigger putting a notice on system notification area. However the app panel to add or see set alarms is blank?

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Question: Alarms & Clock

Please help with a perplexing issue. Have been using this app with no issues and decided to redo my alarms so I deleted all alarms and reset some of them how ever suddenly I was receiving duplicate alarms. So decided to delete all alarms and timers.
Now I am still getting the alarms to trigger putting a notice on system notification area. However the app panel to add or see set alarms is blank?

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This is my first post here, and my computer appears to be infected.

The Symptoms:
-- The desktop has "disappeared" and is replaced by a blank blue screen. The icons on the desktop are all gone.
-- There is no "bar" at the bottom: no start button, no task bar, no clock, no indications of open programs. i.e., the entire screen is blue.

-- However, the situation is different right after I start-up.
-- At first, I see all my programs. Sometimes I see the task bar and start button, clock, etc., sometimes not.
-- But something is wrong even then. The computer is slow. And I know desktop will not last long. Sometimes if I am quick I can double click on a desktop icon before the desktop disappears.
-- Sometimes there is a "transition" period. For a few seconds I'll see the desktop, then for a few it will go "all blue".
-- When it is "all blue", I can still get into programs. If I open up the task manager, I can click on the "New Task ..." button under the "Applications" tab.
-- I can still work with documents, but thinks are slow.
-- When I start in safe mode, I still have the problem of the missing desktop.

Other Signs:
-- When I can see the clock, it says "VIRUS ALERT!" followed by the time. My google searches inform me that this is a common symptom.

What I have done so far:
-- I've done the Norton "Quick Scan" -- found something the first time, and fixed i... Read more

Answer:Fake Anti-virus -- No Start Menu/task Bar/clock -- Or Has "virus Alert" At Clock

Welcome to BC no_more_virusIf you're using Windows 2000/XP, please print out and follow the instructions for using SDFix in BC's self-help tutorial "How to use SDFix". This program is for Windows 2000/XP ONLY.-- When using this tool, you must use the Administrator's account or an account with "Administrative rights"-- Disconnect from the Internet and temporarily disable your anti-virus and any anti-malware real time protection before performing a scan.When done, the SDFix report log will open in notepad and automatically be saved in the SDFix folder as Report.txt. Please copy and paste the contents of Report.txt in your next reply. Be sure to renable you anti-virus and and other security programs before connecting to the Internet.To fix the policy restrictions created by this infection, please open the SDFix folder or download XP_CodecRepair.inf and save it to your desktop. for Windows XP ONLY. Right-click on XP_CodecRepair.inf and select Install from the Context menu.Note: To download the .inf file, go to File, choose "Save page as" All Files and save XP_CodecRepair.inf to your desktop.Then log off or reboot to apply the changes.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on Download_mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has f... Read more

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For some reason I have 2 new entries on my start menu that were never there before. One at the bottom that now appears below the "Run" button.

And the other that shows in the right click menu of the "My Computer" icon on the start menu.

I have not clicked either of them just to be on the safe side. Any ideas where they came from and how to get them to go away again?

Answer:New entry in start menu

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I have recently upgraded from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro and everything was fine then. But recently I am experiencing an issue which is with Windows 'Alarms & Clock' App. I cannot set new alarms and new alarms are not showing up in Windows Alarm & Clock App and when I create a new alarm and click on the save button the App closes suddenly. Uninstalled the App using Power Shell Command Line "Get-AppxPackage *windowsalarms* | Remove-AppxPackage" restarted Windows and reinstalled the App from Windows Store, but the problem still persists.

I'm showing a video regarding details of the problem ....
Please provide some suggestions !!!

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

System Specs:
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz
Motherboard - Gigabyte (G31M-ES2L)
Graphics Card - NVIDIA GTX 560 (2 GB)
OS - Windows 10 Pro (64 bit)

Answer:Windows 'Alarms & Clock' App Problem.

Free Alarm Clock for Windows

I use this alarm clock and I like it a lot. The authors also have a free countdown software. I find that many apps from Microsoft do not work that well.

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I installed SnapShot Disk image back up program but it didn't create an entry in Start Menu. when i double click the .exe file it works.
Where is the folder for the Start Menu? i want to make an entry myself.
I looked in the Windows directory and didn't find it. i didn't search thoroughly though

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When using the Classic Start Menu, you can use policy to remove all programs beneath the Settings menu item. In effect, the entries for Control Panel, Printers and Faxes, and Network Connections will all correctly vanish. However, I have noticed that Task Bar and Start Menu will entry remain.

Is there any tricks to get rid of this pesky entry?



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First, apologies for my english. It is very poor. In XP SP 3 appears in msconfig an entry that says HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows;RunThe strange thing is that not there any executable. Here a screenshot system is free of viruses and works very wellWhich could be the problem and how to fix it?Thank you

Answer:Strange entry in Start menu

you say that there is no exe specified in this path, therefore it isnt actually doing anything on startup. you can untick the box, restart the machine. Dont worry as IF anything goes wrong (unlikely) you can always tick it again.i dont think this is a problem at all, as i said above, just untick it and see what happens.

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Hello! I have a problem with my Windows 8 start menu. I need to get rid of this game entry that I uninstalled.I have removed the program (Touch Pack for Windows 7) and its gone, but this remains. Can somebody help me? Is there like a registry key I could delete?
I cannot find it in my start menu folder.
I can't do anything from my Games Explorer directory.

Answer:Remove Entry from Start Menu

Try right clicking the game on your start menu and search for open file location

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I recently switched to Panda Free Antivirus as the previous product I had used started causing problems. thus far, Panda has been great - until the most recent update. With the most recent update, the program keeps recreating its entry in the Start menu, an entry I don't want.

Is there any way to prevent a program from creating a Start menu entry? If not, it's on to the next AV product...

Answer:Application keeps recreating Start Menu entry

The recent update was a major revision. Not sure whether this happens every time, it may.

I don't see why this is important, but I'm pretty sure you have a better chance of an authoritative answer in the Panda forums.

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I recently installed a demo of Namo WebEditor 2006. I customised its position in the start menu . ie. moved it. I did not like the program and uninstalled it. The problem is that the entry still appears in the start menu (It is located in the All users directory/start menu. I cannot dlete/move or change it in any way. I have tried the following.
1. Dos mode - cannot see it.
2. Safe mode (all types) cannot see it.
3. Trying from another OS. cannot operate on it.
4. Regedit - the entry is not there on a search

General search - not found.

Any ideas anyone

Answer:Solved: Non existent start menu entry.

Right click on it in the Start Menu and click Delete.

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Question: Start Menu Clock

Hello, I was wondering if there was a way to add a clock to the start menu? Right now I either have to go to the desktop or lock screen to find out the time.

Also, is it possible to create buttons for locking/shutdown/restart/sleep, I know how to do these things multiple other ways, but it would make the new beta less of a hassle.


Answer:Start Menu Clock

Try to move your cursor to the upper or lower right corner of your screen, and the magic happens

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I was cleaning out my PC, using the programs on <a href="">Malware Cleaning Disc v. 6</a> (basically a big collection of free/open-source/shareware anti-malware programs, check it out sometime!) and I accidentally told my taskbar clock to show 24-hr time and yy-mm-dd date ("15:00" and "06-07-04" instead of "3:00 PM" and "July 4, 2006").

Also the little pop-up menu in My Documents, in the Start Menu - where shortcuts are listed to the documents you recently used/opened - is gone, and the controls that would normally bring it back (Start Menu Properties->Start Menu tab->Customize->Advanced tab) are literally missing from that window.

Is there something I need to tinker with in the registry?

Answer:Help w/taskbar clock and start menu?

For the clock:

Switch to 'classic' view on Control Panel and open up Regional and Language options. Click Customize.

Then, under Time, change time format from HH:mm:ss to 'h:mm:ss tt'. Click OK, then again. Glance down at your notification bar, and you'll see the twelve hour time!

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Since I upgraded to Windows 10 Version 1703, I noticed that the Control Panel from Start menu context menu (Windows + X) is missing. I'm sure Microsoft wants to push Settings at all costs, but I wish they didn't try to shove it down users' throats and instead give us options. Do you know how can I restore it on the list?

Answer:[SOLVED] How to restore Control Panel entry on Start context menu on?

You can try using Classic Shell

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On another installed Win7 system I opened START menu and entered


into the search entry field at the bottom. Then I hit RETURN.
Much to my surprise not the Registry Editor was opened but WinExplorer.

On my main computer the regedit tool is started.

So how can I tell Win7 to start regedit if I enter regedit?


Answer:How to start prgms from "search entry field" in START menu?

Starts regedit for me. What happens if you use windows Key + R regedit ??

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I have had this machine for a month or so now, and did a clean install of Win10 when I got it. All has been fine until today.

I just came back from holiday (not sure if this has any relevance at all, but added it in case), and swapped my keyboard from a dual-language one I got on holiday. Powered up and all seemed fine. I decided I didn't like the new keyboard, so unplugged it and plugged my old one back in. I now have a multitude of problems...
If I click the Windows button in the bottom-left corner of the screen, nothing happens. I can right-click it and get the context menu, but if I left click, nothing happensIf I right-click any pinned icon on my task bar, nothing happens. I don't get a jump list (I had several items pinned to jump lists before I went away), nor do I get the usual context menu.If I click in the search bar ("Ask me anything"), nothing happens. If I type, nothing is entered in the bar. Same if I click the Windows key on my keyboard.If I click the date/time on the very right hand end of the task bar, nothing happens. I don't get the calendar pop up as I used to.Various other things don't work as they did, but you get the idea by now

As you can imagine, this makes the PC pretty unusable. I don't know if swapping the keyboard had anything to do with it, as I can type without problem. Also, some of the problems appear to be mouse-related, such as the lack of response when right-clicking pinned icons.

I checked Windows Updates, and it has... Read more

Answer:Start menu not working, nor search bar, jump lists, clock, etc

Hi, frustrating.

First easy options:
1. Do you have any useable System Restore points? (Note: SR is off by default.. so unless you turned it on, you won't have).
2. Do you use disk imaging yet.. or have you previously created a system image (Windows Backup and Restore)?

Then.. have you tried uninstalling the keyboard driver and restarting?
(And check Device Manager for any yellow triangles).

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... as well, when I hit 'ctr + alt + del,' a "Task Manager Disabled By Administrator" message shows up. The VIRUS ALERT! shows up beside each scan in the history of performed scans in AVG Anti-Virus as well.

This happened when I installed a cracked copy of TuneUp Utilities 2008. I shall definitely fully uninstall that when I have a start menu back, as I know you do not condone illegal activity. The folder it came in would not delete, but I used KillBox to get rid of it.

I know this is similar to a thread that was just solved, but reading through that one, mine seemed different enough to post my own thread instead of fumbling about on my own.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:27: VIRUS ALERT!, on 16/10/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18241)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\nTune\nTuneService.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.ex... Read more

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Hi, I went through all of the steps, except the only update that was avaiable was Service pack 3, I wasn't sure if I should download it based on your comment about service pack 2. So here's the deal. First, On start up we get two messages, one being the new hardware wizard saying it found an audio device on high definition audio bus, the second beign a Rundll error loading C:\Windows\system32\ydnaajaw.dll, the specifies moduile could not be found.
After that I checked to see if the sound works, it doesn't. I dont know if I should try to find the driver for it or if it is part of some virus. Finding the control panel was a chore because almost all of the start menu is missing, everything on the right side is gone. I dont even get an all programs button. Also the C and D drives in my computer are missing, I can still get to them using the C: command in Win Explorer but I dont know how to put them back in the My computer folder. My clock also says Virus Alert next to it. I think the last thing will be that the internet won't work after about twenty minutes of being on. Anyway, here is the HiJack This log, thank you for any help.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 20:46: VIRUS ALERT!, on 8/11/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.e... Read more

Answer:Clock Virus Alert and start menu missing options

Hi, welcome to tsf!

Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running combofix:
Please ensure you read this guide carefully and install the Recovery Console first.

The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery (repair) mode. This allows us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware. It is a simple procedure that will only take a few moments of your time.

Once installed, you should see a blue screen prompt that says:

The Recovery Console was successfully installed.

Please continue as follows:Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.
Click Yes to allow ComboFix to continue scanning for malware.
When the tool is finished, it will produce a report for you.

Please include the following reports for further review, and so we may continue cleansing the system:

C:\Qoobox\Add-remove programs.txt
New HijackThis log.

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After a recent compulsory update (13th Dec) to Windows 10, my start menu won't open by clicking on the icon or by the windows key. The search button also doesn't respond. All programs previously pinned to the taskbar no longer appear, even when open (making alt-tabbing the only way to switch windows). The clock/date and volume controls normally in the bottom right corner also don't appear. I've tried the powershell fix found on a couple of posts:
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

but after initializing it doesn't seem to do much more.

Any help greatly appreciated!!


Answer:Recent update: Start menu not working, taskbar icons/clock/volume gone

Try # 1 & #2 here

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After a recent compulsory update (13th Dec) to Windows 10, my start menu won't open by clicking on the icon or by the windows key. The search button also doesn't respond. All programs previously pinned to the taskbar no longer appear, even when open (making alt-tabbing the only way to switch windows). The clock/date and volume controls normally in the bottom right corner also don't appear. I've tried the powershell fix found on a couple of posts:
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

but after initializing it doesn't seem to do much more.

Any help greatly appreciated!!


Answer:Recent update: Start menu not working, taskbar icons/clock/volume gone

Try # 1 & #2 here

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I am missing the start menu, taskbar icons and shortcuts, charm bars, clock and when I click the customize notification area button nothing opens up.  I have Windows Server 2012 and DDS doesn't allow me to install it so here is my hijackthis log.  I have ran Malwarebytes, Spybot, ESET, Trendmicro housecall all with no fixes.  I cant reinstall windows on a live web server so please help me fix this.  I basically have a blank background and an empty taskbar that doesnt do anything.  Start button doesnt work but I am able to do start + R commands to pull up the Run screen.  CTRL ALT DEL just pulls up a blank blue screen from which I can no longer remote desktop connect to and have to shut down the server and turn it back on.  When I right click on the desktop and click sort by Name then all my desktop icons come back temporarily.  I also can not drag and drop things from a folder to the desktop yet I can Cut and Paste to the desktop.  If I try to rearrange icons on the desktop it will not allow me to move them it just has that circle with the line through it icon for the mouse.  Unhide me came back with this which I thought could be relevant:
noactivedesktopchanges policy was found and deleted
I am stuck so let me know what you can do.  Thank you - Russ -
Here is the hijackthis log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.5
Scan saved at 6:04:16 PM, on 10/8/2013
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.0... Read more

Answer:Start menu, icons, charm bars, clock missing, customize notification area bad

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Firstly - famous last words "I'm absolutely sure it's nothing simple or I would have fixed it by now"

I have 9 items pinned to start menu. Three of which don't work, can't be "removed from list" or unpinned and their icons have changed to some kind of default icon.

I can't seem to locate their config. but now suspect they're held in ntuser.dat.

Any ideas?


Answer:[Resolved] XP Start menu pinned items corrupt

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Hello folks, and thanks for reading in advance.

Ok, so I have been on this site and many others in the last two days and google kept pointing me here so I joined. Plus many responses to most threads.

It all started when I was installing windows updates. (the little yellow shield next to the clock on bottom right of monitor). I have three anti-virus/anti-malware progies plus Registy Mechanic, so I trusted it and it was valid like all before.
After install the little yellow shield was still there and an error message popped up saying something I forget. So I do the whole proses over again and at the same time I decided to update Mozilla Firefox because the last up date of theirs had a few issues including; loss of history usage, few bookmarks would vanish, and not able to set bookmarks at all were a few.
Well, the computer had finished with one update right after the other and asked if I wanted to shutdown. I clicked yes and it took a few seconds longer than normal and all, then flashes and brings up the little window that tells you there is still a program running. It gave the option to just quit and I clicked on that.
Now due to two Tylenol PM and an early morning I just flipped the power switch on the power source.
I know I'm sooooo stupid for doing so. Ok, so, I have tried everything like accessing the system restore, and tried "explorer.exe" and just a list of odds and ends. It almost always says "whatever I try&quo... Read more

Answer:Corrupt Files (no start menu/desktop icons)

Brand, model, age, and configuration of the computer.
Was the parting with your g/f amicable, or could she possibly have created a goodbye you will remember?

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The title above says it all. The info following gives greater detail about what issues I am facing.
I set up two alarms using task scheduler. There are problems with each of them. One was set up to awake me at 5 am. This proved to be two early. Then when time changed, it became worse, now awakens me at 4 am with a most jarring musical piece. The other
was to go off at 7:30 to alert me of an upcoming 8 am class. It is going off at 8 pm instead. I need to change these. Or at least get rid of them and start again.
In task scheduler I was able to set these up. But am unable to view, alter nor even delete existing alarms.
I found the following advice on this forum under Cannot find anything called "group policy". Tried to run
gpmc.msc and got "no items match your search".

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OK, so I have here a Windows 10 laptop that had major issues. To start off half the services such as BFE, DHCP, and NLA weren't running. They were giving me access denied. I repaired them using " - Windows Repair v3.5.0". But now I'm left with none of the apps working. I try to forcefully start them using the cmd prompt. Let's take Windows Update for example:

start ms-settings:windows-update
Access is denied.

The package repository is corrupted.

Now I've tried to run "dism /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth" which says it should be repairable. So I ran "dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth" of course it gives me an error.

So next I tried running "DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:\Sources\Install.wim:1 /LimitAccess" with X: pointing to a mounted image of the Windows 10 x64 install ISO.

No luck again. I've read that I may be able to fix it by pointing DISM to another Windows 10 installation that is running correctly, so before I get another computer setup, and installed with Windows 10... does anyone have any ideas that might help me?

My last resort is a refresh, but doing so will mean I will have to try and hunt down all the original applications that came with the pc. It was an inplace upgrade to Windows 10, I can not rollback either since it will not give me the option to. Thanks for any input you can give me.

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As the title says, the start menu wasn't opening so I ran SFC /scannow that found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. I then ran RestoreHealth but I got a message saying, "Source file cannot be found". I restart, Start Menu works again but still have corrupt files after an SFC scan. I recently did a clean install of Windows 10 after some non-related issues. CBS log is attached. I'm having trouble determining the problem from the log file. Any help is appreciated.

Answer:Start Menu opening issue along with corrupt files after SFC scan


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Hello people. Once again I turn for help to this forum. As you can see in this image my "Search" selection (I don't know what can I call it) is GONE. It's not in my "Start Menu". Can anybody please tell me how can I get it back, and where did it go in first place? Thank You all for your help.

Answer:"Search" entry in Windows Vista start menu

Hello Ilyabyk,

Installing the Vista SP1 removed Search from the Start Menu and Context Menu due to the lawsuit by Google vs Microsoft. Guess who lost. (MS)

This tutorial below will show you how to add the Search button back to the dark side of the Start Menu by replacing either the Help or Run button with Search instead.

Search Start Menu Button - Restore after SP1

Hope this helps,

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Hi all
I just installed windows 8 on my asus netbook and have been trying out the default metro apps. Most apps worked fine except for the weather one which was a bit laggy.

However I had some issue with the alarms app. After adding a few alarms, I wanted to delete them. I tried right clicking to bring up the menu, but the delete button (garbage can icon) was greyed out regardless if any alarm was selected. Is this a bug on the alarms app or I'm not doing it right?

Also wondering if anyone else encountered the same problem, I couldn't find any solution when I feed the problem to google

Answer:Unable to delete alarms in the alarms metro app

Nah, you're not doing anything wrong. That's just the way it's working in Win8 8102 DP.

They automatically get turned off once they sound and it's hit and miss to turn them back on (you can't just click on the "On/Off" area, you have to drag the slider to turn 'em on but you only have to click it to turn 'em off):

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The data for the "Counter" (and "Help") entry for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Perflib\009 is corrupted. By corrupted, I mean what should be readable text, is instead a bunch of non-readable (to me) characters. Does anyone know how this would have happened, or what I can do to repair it? Thanks!

This is the export from the Counter entry:
Key Name: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Perflib\009
Class Name: <NO CLASS>
Last Write Time:
Value 0
Name: Counter
Data: 䲾䘂ਧᐃ꜃쉨ؒ㖘̊̔梧懡謄ਚᐃ꜃ϓ寚̊̔梧폩舆ਜᐃ꜃ﭨ?䦂̊̔梧鋻茁ਫᐃ꜃㑩Ьᬌ̊̔榧活䨇જᐃ꜃황ঢ蝡̊̔榧쇨⸄ਨᐃ꜃ᅪॶ踠̊̔檧椈਑ᐃ꜃⭪ؔ覵̊̔檧㕵䌄સᐃ꜃籪ব쐠̊̔檧�૬ᐃ꜃ᥫΙ璼̊̔殧붋긆ਙᐃ꜃鵫ؕ̊̔&#... Read more

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I have Windows XP Pro, SP2.

I have a situation where a program shows on "All Programs" but not in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs in Explorer. How can I see that shortcut or whatever in Explorer?

Also, on C:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs and C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs there appear items (files, shortcuts, whatever) of the same name. What's going on here?



Answer:Program shows on "All Programs but not on username Start Menu or All Users Start Menu

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Somehow I must have locked out my start menu button for users (which I log on to use my computer). Lately when I click on the start menu it doesn't work. I can left click on it and bring up the window with written choices. Did I do something that doesn't allow me to left click on the start menu as a user?

Answer:My Admin Login Can Use My Windows 10 Start Menu But As A User Start Menu Doesn't Work.


One approach that could work for this is to use Powershell, so if you have the search box type powershell and right click and run as admin it, then once open paste this line below in and hit enter, let it run and if you see red text dont worry its normal

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Once run reboot and test the Start menu, you may have to populate the Start menu with the common used apps if you added any, but it should leave the choices you made intact.

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My computer needs rebooting/restarting every 9-10 days (no websites load, but an instant messenger remains connected?). It came time for me to restart, so I did. But Windows didn't load - it goes passed the bios(I think that's what the screen is) screen, starts the Windows XP loading screen... but never loads.

After this, I tried booting in safe mode - and it hangs/doesn't do anything after it loads MUP.sys. Googled the problem, found this page Recovering from a mup.sys boot hang on windows 2000 or XP. What is mup.sys anyway!. Since I did not see an option to reset ESCD in the bios, and I tried all other suggestions that applied to me except the AV scan one, I went on to #11 AKA Restore registry if Windows XP won't boot,frozen,locked-up or safe mode mup hang How-to


First step is "boot from XP install CD" - I didn't do this as I don't have an install disk, instead just going to the recovery console. My PC has/had a partition from HP from the beginning so I thought maybe I didn't need the install disk.

Followed all steps (chkdsk didn't fix the problem), no problem... until the "Restore base registry hive files from original installation" part. I tried the first command but got told no such file/whatever existed. HOWEVER, I checked the repair dir and indeed system does not exist, BUT system.bak did... as well as all the other files/whatever (not sam.bak, default.bak, but 'sam', 'default', etc.). So I tried doing the comma... Read more

Answer:MUP.sys/ fix (How to find corrupt registry entry?)

You could try Recuva -> Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

I suggest you READ about how to use it thoroughly FIRST.

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Window's 10 downloaded Nov 2015..on HP 4 year old Desktop..'compatible with Windows 10. When Click on START MENU message comes up"START MENU isn't working. We'll try to fix it the next time you sign in" I close down, sign off try again...still doesn't work. Now & then it does but seldom. HELP!

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Subject says it. Just setting up new pc for my wife. Came with XP Home preinstalled but the start menu was the classic. Switched it to the XP start menu (which I've grown to like better) and My Computer, My Network Places and Internet Explorer icons were removed from the desktop. Only recycle bin remained. Switching back to classic puts them back again. Oddly enough, when I was saving a dowload to the desktop (while set up as XP) the My Computer, My Network Places showed in the save to box when pointing at the desktop.

Answer:Switch from Classic Start Menu to XP Start Menu removed desktop icons

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I have a group in Outlook (2007) contacts called Jokes.

I wanted to delete a member of the group but instead deleted the group (I think) - at least it disapeared.

When I try to email the group I start trying jokes in the 'To' field and it autocompletes as if the group were still there but when I click the +sign to expand the group I get the error:
"The name or distribution list has been deleted and is no longer a valid address book entry. The operation failed. An object could not be found"

SO ...

I re-created the group with a lower case j (ie jokes - not Jokes). The grouo is fine and I can send an email from the contact list directly and this is fine BUT the autocomplete is still Jokes and not jokes.

Does anyone have any idea what is happening.


Answer:Solved: Corrupt entry in Outlook address book

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I am running a multi-boot system, managed by EasyBCD, consisting of Vista (main operating system) XP, and Ubuntu. It all works fine with the exception of one annoying little niggle that I would like to fix.

On boot, I am offered the expected choice of three operating systems. However, if I select XP a second selection screen then appears with two identical entries for XP. The first one listed boots successfully, but the second seems to be pointing to a non-existent installation and crashes if chosen. EasyBCD only shows a single entry for XP, so I assume that it is being held somewhere else. At this point I have no idea how to find it and remove it.

Steve S

Answer:[SOLVED] How do I clear a corrupt XP entry from a multi-boot system

Try this:

Once booted onto the working installation of XP, click the "start" button. Click "run" and type in "msconfig," without the quotes. Once the configuration utility opens, click the "boot.ini" tab and see how many OSes are listed near the bottom.

It should look similar to this:

multi(0)disk(0)partition(*)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP [version]" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

* = the partition. if your drive just has one partition, it should be 1. if there are multiple partitions, it'll list the partition that XP is installed on.

[version] = Home or Professional, etc.

The /commands may or may not be there. For now, just tell me what you see.

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Ok, having some strange problems..

On one profile I'm missing the start menu. I can access task manager with CTRL+ALT+DELETE, but I don't get any user names for the process'

On another profile there is a start menu but I just get an hourglass when I mouse-over it.

Answer:Missing Start Menu / Unable to access Start Menu (XP home)

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When I click on the START menu, why is there no path for me to be able to look at say, C:/my documents/my pictures etc...There is nothing there like it is in other Windows programs I have used.

Also when I right click on a program and try to "pin to start menu", there is no option for that, only the shortcut option.

What's up with these things?

Anyone feel like helping a XP Pro Novice out here?

Thanks in advance forn your help!

Answer:XP Pro question Path to C: on start menu & pinning programs to start menu. XP Pro

Right-click the taskbar and look through the Properties. There are some settings in there under the Customize rubric that may help you make changes.

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Hello from Germany.

Is it possible to create a new entry in the context menu in "new"?
I often need an empty paint-pic.
For example:

Thank you.

Answer:Creating a new entry in the context menu

Hi, you could try this freeware. List of everything on the left, your 'New' list on the right, + & - to add, delete.

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Hello every one,cannot delete specific entry

have uninstalled,cleaned registry entries with RevoUninstaller and CCleaner,manually looked for all entries in Registry Editor,used Shellex and Shellview,nothing seems to handle it.Any hints?

Answer:delete context menu entry

This MUST be solved by removing all these PDVD-keys , so ; PowerDVD15CommandVerb search this key in regedit and remove them all !
This is what I did and it went fine !

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Hello from Germany.

Is it possible to create a new entry in the context menu in "new"?
I often need an empty paint-pic.
For example:

Thank you.

Answer:Creating a new entry in the context menu

Hi, you could try this freeware. List of everything on the left, your 'New' list on the right, + & - to add, delete.

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is there a way to remove icons of entries in context menu? i dont wanna remove the entry i just wanna remove the icon and the program does not have this option..

Answer:Remove context menu entry icon

Welcome dregatar, This tutorial is for adding icons to the context menu, but you should be able to find the one you want to remove with this.
Context Menu - Add Shortcuts with Icons

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I've similar issue like here .
i want context menu in English only.
Context menu entry in a different language - Malwarebytes 3.0 - Malwarebytes Forums
i tried to uninstall/reinstall, used the cleaning tool as well- but nothing helped, and i've 2
language on context menu line (Hebrew and English)
I chose (English) in Settings .
- is there a fix?

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Which registry key or keys contains entries in the Context Menu?
I need to remove an entry manually. FIXED

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I've similar issue like here .
i want context menu in English only.
Context menu entry in a different language - Malwarebytes 3.0 - Malwarebytes Forums
i tried to uninstall/reinstall, used the cleaning tool as well- but nothing helped, and i've 2
language on context menu line (Hebrew and English)
I chose (English) in Settings .
- is there a fix?

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So... I want to create a context menu entry that:

1. will only show when right clicking a folder
2. will open a exe file path, when clicked.
(It should NOT open anywhere else. not on the desktop nor inside a folder. It should only work when having selected a folder, like so:

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Creating context menu entry (folder only)

Ok... solved it myself

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Open Folder in EXE\command]
@="C:\\Windows\\EXE.exe"Click to expand...

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I was having a problem with explorer.exe faulting/crashing everytime I right click on a shortcut (*.lnk) file with an Event ID of 1000 and citing ntdll.dll as the part of the error notice. I have since done a system restore and the issue seems to be fixed except now my right click menu on *.lnk files has an empty entry with an empty sub menu. Please see the attached. How can I remove this empty entry?

Answer:Solved: Blank entry in right click menu

Download, and install ShellExView:
Open it. Click on Type column.
Right click, and Disable all non-Microsoft Context Menu types entries.
Restart computer, and see, if it helps.
If the blank entry is gone, try to enable non-Micro$oft entries one-by-one.

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Hi Folks, I was originally thinking of downgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 7 on my Z580 - I played around with Windows 8 for a while and really didn't like it.  But I've been convinced to give Windows 8 another shot... and ended up with the following little problem: If I use the novo key to boot my Z580, and take the option to select the boot device, I get two entries for the "Windows Boot Manager."  Then the usual list of disk, DVD drive, usb devices, network cards etc..  This happened after I ran the system restore function to do a factory reset. I've since run the system restore function a number of times (to see if that would remove the duplicate entries) but no joy.  I've made no partition changes, etc..  The laptop is "as it came out of the box. Is there any way to remove the duplicate entry?  I'm not even sure where that table of devices is stored so I could manually remove the duplicate entry?!?  I don't think the duplicate entry is doing any harm - but I'd rather it wasn't there as it sort of indicates something is "gone wrong" somewhere. Thanks!

Answer:Duplicate entry in UEFI Boot Menu

hi ntdk,
Welcome to the Lenovo Community.
Is the image below the same as what you've been seing?

If you want to get rid of the duplicate Windows 8 entry, you will need to download the EasyBCD (Non Commercial) to remove the entry as discussed in this thread.
Hope this helps.

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Hello there. I'm using Vista Home Premium, service pack 2, 64 bit. I noticed the issue after a recent update, but I'm not sure it's related to that.
I may need advice on how to track down a program that's starting Outlook: Outlook 2007 has started running automatically on log in, minimized in the start tray.
I can't find an entry for Outlook or "mail" in any of the following:
All Programs > Startup (this is completely empty)
msconfig > Startup (no entry for Outlook, enable or disabled)
msconfig > Services
> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]
> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices]
> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce]
> [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit]
> [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
> [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]
> [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices]
> [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce]
> [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]
Task Scheduler
I'm running AVG, unable to find anything regarding starting Outlook there. I have run Hijackthis and WinPatrol and can only find a single entry for ... Read more

Answer:Outlook 2007 opening on start-up - can't find start-up entry for it.

Hello and Welcome,
You have pretty much covered all the startup locations. One additional place to look would be Task Scheduler. Look at the scheduler in all of your accounts.
Click the globe and in the search box type Task Scheduler. Look for any reference to Office or Outlook.

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I've expanded the size of the Start Menu so I can put a lot of Tiles there, but when I drag a Tile to a new location it sometimes bounces back to where it had been. Other times moving a Tile somewhere will cause another Tile so shift to somewhere else.
How can I instruct the Start Menu to allow me to place (by dragging) any Tile anywhere I want?

Answer:How To Be Able To Place Start Menu Tiles Anywher On Start Menu

The Windows 10 Start Menu is not a desktop. It is actually a series of square grids grouped under headings (called groups). When you move a tile to an empty group, you can see the space for the heading for that group appear. It seems to be a limitation that the spaces directly below a foup heading must be filled first. You can drag a tile to the third or fourth row under a group heading without the row above it being occupied by at least one tile first.

There can only be one tile in each grid space, so when you try to place a tile over the top of an existing one, the previously existing tile there must be moved out of the way for the new tile to fit in that grid space. The previous tile is moved to the nearest empty grid space underneath the same group heading.

If you click in the space for the group heading you can enter a name for that group. See this thread for an example:
How Delete a Group From Start Menu - Solved - Windows 10 Forums

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I've not got the 'Start Menu' tab in my 'Taskbar and Start Menu Properties' control panel (right-click on taskbar). I've seen screenshots on the web, but my Win 10 Pro doesn't have. How can I enable?

Answer:Why doesn't the Start Menu tab appear in Task Bar & Start Menu Properties?

It's not supposed to have that tab, what screenshots are you talking about? Are they from the "RTM" or preview build?

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It looks like a possibility, but I like to review the alternatives before getting a program.

Please don't tell me just uninstall a lot of programs. I'm going to do that when I have time to. But I don't now. I'm cautious about uninstalling programs with good reason. I almost uninstalled Jarte after installing it on a friend's advice. That would have been a huge mistake : now Jarte is one of my favorite programs.

Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz
x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
2.05 GB of RAM
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV
Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
Hard Drive Size 114.4GB
Free Space was 35.8GB; now 22.0GB because after backing up My Documents on Google Drive, Google Drive has duplicated the whole darn thing on my hard drive :mad
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0G1548
Antivirus : Panda Cloud free

Answer:What's best program for overcrowded XP start menu, Handy Start Menu or something else

Re: What's best program for overcrowded XP start menu, Handy Start Menu or something


I think it helps to start with knowing how the start menu works. Without getting into the accounts bit (I don't have one on this PC...just use the default administrator account), here's what I did to organize my Start Menu:

1. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs
2. Leave the folder open but minimize it
3. Open Start menu and look at the entries with the idea of creating subgroups for them
4. Decide on subgroup titles and in the open C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs folder right click and select New->Folder
5. Title the folder the name of your first new subgroup
6. Repeat the process until you have all the subgroups you want
7. Now go to your Start menu, open it and the Programs menu. Begin dragging program icons into whichever folder you created for them.

Some examples of ones that might help you could be System Applications, Security Applications, Microsoft Programs, Internet Browsers, Media Browsers, Diagnostics Applications, PC Maintenance Applications, etc...

Anyway, this is how I organized my Start menu. For me, adding Rainmeter to the desktop made it even better. I use the Start menu about 1/3 as much because of Rainmeter...

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I've seen website screengrabs showing this, but it not in my build (Win 10 Pro). How to I access?

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Hi there,

How do I add/remove items from the right-click context menu? (i.e. add wordpad and remove notepad, or something like that)

Thank you very much,
Mark V

Answer:Right-clock context menu

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I'm trying to start HP Recovery Manager on my HP ProBook 470 G1. For that:1. I turn my notebook on and press Esc key. Startup Menu appears.2. I see the following entries in the menu:  F1 System Information  F2 System Diagnostics  F7 HP SpareKey  F9 Boot Device Options  F10 BIOS Setup  F12 Network Boot  ENTER - Continue Startup3. I see that Startup Menu has no "F11 System Recovery" entry.So, I can't start HP Recovery Manager before Windows start. After Windows start I searched for HP Recovery Manager in Start menu for no avail.I see HP RECOVERY disk labeled D: in My Computer in Windows. How do I start HP Recovery Manager to reset my notebook to factory defaults? I started HP Client Security recently and made some adjustments. It does not allow me to change anything anymore: when I try to log in as an administrator, the software hangs. I've read the article about Startup Menu (, it states that "F11 System Recovery" entry must be present.

Answer:"F11 System Recovery" entry is missing in Startup Menu. Can ...

It would not be present if: The notebook was purchased with FreeDos or someone inadvertently or otherwise made changes in the D: Recovery partition. You should have created a USB recovery flash drive by now to allow use of the HP Recovery Manager.  The HP Quickspecs state that it was delivered with a license and media for Windows 8 Pro software. You should locate that media. The referenced Quickspecs for your notebook are at the link below. Aha. "I started HP Client Security recently and made some adjustments." Which adjustments? That was not the best of plans.  I suggest you contact HP for support and help with your issues. The following link goes to the support portal for your notebook. Use the contact options at the top row on the right- hand side.

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is it possible to add an icon to a context menu entry made by the system ?

I would like to have an icon for "Open file location".

Answer:add an icon to a context menu entry made by the system ?

Yes there is, all you need to do is add an Expandable String Value with the name Icon and for the value, the path to the image in .ico form. Hope this works.

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Hey all,
I have a blank item in my Start -> control panel menu which I can't get rid of and it's driving me crazy:

It does not appear in separate window control panel. I've been looking around and trying all the solutions but nothing has worked so far. When I try to create a shortcut of it to the desktop, I get the drive full error. Looking in regedit, there is an entry for "Biometrics" in namespace which I think is the culprit as I've removed the BioExcess fingerprint software and it doesn't match up to anything else in the cp menu, but if I try to remove it I get an error claiming "Error while deleting key". Same thing happens in safe mode. I have tried reinstalling the software (BioExcess for Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), XP - Lenovo B Series and V Series Notebook) and uninstalling it, but that changed nothing. Anyone have any ideas what else I could try?

Answer:Menu Control Panel Blank Entry Removal

Hello and welcome abu mate I cannot see the pic in a view that can be read as the attachment does not enlarge. Is iut the folder looking item at the top? if so right clcik on it and check the properties it should tell you the site and other stuff about it.

By the way this looks like an XP screen is it??

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Hi there, I have no idea if this is possible although I'm sure it must be - it doesn't seem to be too big an ask. And if this isn't the right place to ask, hopefully, someone can redirect me to somewhere that is.

I want to create a context or sendto menu entry where I can right-click a file/folder, click the menu entry and have a shortcut for the file/folder created in a predetermined folder. It would be the same folder every time. Cheers.

Answer:Context Menu entry to create shortcut in folder

if you hold down ctrl and shift while right-clicking and sending to a folder, it will send a shortcut, and not the file itself.

at least it does on my machines.

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If you want to scan the file from the Context Menu using the Microsoft Security Essentials and you don't have such option over there, as I found out on friend's fresh install of the Vista x64, you can follow this tutorial.

In order to do this, you should backup the registry first by creating a system restore point. When done restart your computer.

Upon boot up open the Run terminal and type "regedit" (without quotes) and hit Enter. Go to this registry entry: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers. Click on the ContextMenuHandlers, now we have to create the new entry.

To do that:

1. Right Click on ContextMenuHandlers ->New ->Key and name the new key "MSSE".

2. Left-Click on the "MSSE" key you just created. In the right pane, you should see "(Default) REG_SZ (value not set)".

3. Now, we need to create a new value, so right-click on the "(Default)" in the right pane, then select Modify...
Enter the path to the application you want to run, in our case the MSE so the path is "{0365FE2C-F183-4091-AC82-BFC39FB75C49}", without quotes.

4. That's it. Close the Registry Editor window.

5. Reboot.

If you did it right, the option "Scan with Microsoft Security Essential..." should be there in the context menu and you should now launch the scan of any file you need from there.

Answer:Security Essentials - Adding New Entry To the Context Menu

Hi Martee,

The new MSE Ongoing Beta 1.0.1676.0 version from Microsoft Connect has the context menu item added automatically during the installation. I do not remember if the old beta version had it or not though.

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How do I...Had two windows 7 systems on two different HDDs. One HDD, the one with the excess OS has been physically removed from the system. Running EasyBCD in view settings shows Entry#2 to be "current", so Entry#1 has to be removed from the MBR and thus from the startup menu. In the EBCD "Edit Boot Menu" changing the ticked boxes made the system boot up OK without having to choose.Do not want to end up with an unbootable system. To remove the boot up menu is it safe to highlight the name of Entry#1 in "Edit Boot Menu" and press the "Delete" button and then "Save Settings" ?

Answer:Safe to delete one entry in the boot-up menu wit EasyBCD

It probably is safe to delete it. But first make sure you have get-out out of jail card if it doesn'tYou need a Windows 7 repair disk. You can create one of these from the Backup Screen of Windows 7 - Control Panel > Backup and Restore. You need a blank DVD and a DVD burner to do it.If removing this item stops the computer from booting, booting from the repair and going through the repair process should get the computer booting again.Stuartmessage edited by StuartS

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Is it possible to add icon to the Send To entry in the windows explorer context menu?


Answer:Adding icon to Send To entry in context menu?

Press Start and type shell:sendto. Then Press Enter. Drag the shortcut of your item from the desktop into that folder. Then close th folder.

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i have a USB drive that has a boot menu on it (made through easybcd) what i would like to know is i have a few programs that i could burn on to usb drives and boot through them, how could i add them to the boot menu list (to create a Swiss knife) like to extract them to different folders and make a boot menu that as if they were all on separate usb's that windows would have booted without any problams
i hope i am clear

Answer:boot menu entry for bootable programs EASYBCD

I have a hard time understanding however, I guess you want a program like YUMI Multiboot. It works with USB sticks though. Check it out and see if it helps.

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Im using a 32bit mass file renaming tool called "rename-it!" (, have had no problems using it on W7 x86.
However, on x64 the explorer context menu is missing.

In a similar situation (with another program) under WinXP x86 I recall being able to edit entries per file extension in the registry, so I was wondering if there is a place in the W7 x64 registry where I could "fix" the association with rename-it with some tinkering..?
The idea is that it should pop up in the context menu in explorer, no matter what file type (and how many files) are selected.

Any ideas?

Answer:w7x64: explorer context menu: entry for all file types?

Quote: Originally Posted by wahnsinn

Im using a 32bit mass file renaming tool called "rename-it!" (Rename-It! | Free System Administration software downloads at, have had no problems using it on W7 x86.
However, on x64 the explorer context menu is missing.

In a similar situation (with another program) under WinXP x86 I recall being able to edit entries per file extension in the registry, so I was wondering if there is a place in the W7 x64 registry where I could "fix" the association with rename-it with some tinkering..?
The idea is that it should pop up in the context menu in explorer, no matter what file type (and how many files) are selected.

Any ideas?

I have the same identical problem.
I found more informations about Explorer context menu here: Rename-It! by - Should I Remove It?

Context Menu Handler

SimpleExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'Rename-It!' with a class of {A64BBF5F-1250-4083-924C-B79661B75AAE}.

Ok to modify the W7 x64 registry to show the Explorer context menu for any number and extension of files selected ?

Thanks to all

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What I want to do is very simple.

I wish to add an entry to the context menu displayed in Windows Explorer, invoking a command line program with the file (or folder) path as an argument.

If I right-click on ANY file or folder, I want the context menu to contain an, entry, call it "Foo", that, if clicked, will execute (say) "c:\bin\foo.exe %1", in which %1 is the path of the selected folder or file.

It seems to me that Microsoft documenters sometimes make extraordinary efforts to obfuscate simple procedures.

I suspect that I wish to use a "CreateProcess" static verb.

Such functionality should not require implementing a COM interface.

It seems to me that it should require nothing more than a registry update.

Let me be clear about something:

I don't want the application to be available/invoked for specific file types. I want the relevant context menu option available for any folder or file that is right-clicked.

Think of the "copy" and "delete" entries on the context menu, which apply to all file and folder types (and which have nothing to do with "open", "print", etc).

I don't know whether this entails selecting a file type of "*" (incidentally, I want files/folders with ANY extension, as well as files/folders with NO extension), or if this is handled independently of the "file type" handling mechanism.

One would think that googling '"windows contex... Read more

Answer:Add simple entry to explorer context menu(CreateProcess static verb).

Welcome to Seven Forums Bannerdog. See if something simple like this will do what you want.

Context Menu Editor: Add remove Context Menus in Windows

If not, someone with greater knowledge then I will be needed

A Guy

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getting tired of clicking the charm menu for settings and such, is there a way to have both the charms menu and clock locked open all the time on the metro screen?


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Hello! I am a happy owner of Lenovo p50, but i got couple of questions. Firstly, Intel Xeon CPU E3-1505M v5 @ 2.80GHz should have a maximum clock speed of 3.7ghz, but thats not the case. The higher i see it goes is ~3.4ghz. I use Piriform Speccy. I tried some CPU stress tests etc, but the result is around 3.4ghz max clock. The Second question is why my bios menu is all greyed and i cannot change any setting. Yesterday i upgraded the BIOS to the latest N1EET60W (1.33 ) and today i tried to visit the BIOS to check some CPU related settings, but i found that almost every setting is locked and i cannot access it. It might be a security mechanism, but before i enter the menu i got promted to scan my fingerprint so i guess that should be it.

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Either the Windows 10 start menu really sucks or I am using it wrong. I am used to the StartisBack/Windows 7 menu where you can pin anything and all applications will come up in search results. In the Windows 10 menu, I can't pin anything to the start menu that's not already in the menu. So if I want to drag a shortcut from the desktop, a file from somewhere, or a folder, it will not allow me to pin it. Also right clicking on an item anywhere and selecting "Pin to Start" does nothing. Is this the standard behavior or is something wrong with my setup?

Also, the start menu search does not bring up the majority of the non-metro programs installed on my system. Most of them are not even in the "All Apps" list. If I don't have shortcuts on my desktop, the only way to access them is to navigate to the Program Files folder and run the exe from there. This is terrible.

Answer:Can't pin anything to start menu? and start menu search results?

I am still using Start8 with no issues. I would go with either Classic Shell or Start8.

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Start Menu Reviver is one of the app that can help you in this regard, and thanks to version 2.5, the application does that even easier.

Start Menu Reviver 2.5 is a really major release for users and brings backward compatibility with old color schemes and more theme customization options, as well as improvements to many built-in modules, including settings, folders view, the tile background colors, and search results.

There are also lots of fixed bugs, including some aimed at tiles and color themes.

Needless to say, the application provides support for both Windows 8 and 8.1 and replaces the default Start button that?s available in the latter to launch the Start menu. A shortcut is also available to bring up the Start screen in case you?d like to keep both of them.

The app comes with a really modern design, and truth be told, this is the closest you can get when it comes to the Windows 9 Start menu, so go ahead and download Start Menu Reviver 2.5 right now to see what it?s up to.

Spoiler: Start Menu Reviver 2.5 Screenshot


Answer:Windows 9 Start Menu with Start Menu Reviver 2.5

Windows 9 first video of the new start menu.

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Hi community, I just got a new S205 and wanted to install Win7 and archlinux in dual boot (GPT formatted SSD).Win7 installation worked like a charm. Archlinux worked well aswell, unfortunately i couldn't make a boot entry following this guide: So i had to manually create the boot entry using bcfg command in an efi shell: The first attempt (I double checked that i got the right filesystem [fs0] and so on) failed and resulted in an automatic reboot. After this I immediately reentered the efi shell and tried again. This time I could create the boot entry. Now if I reboot everything seems fine (I can dual boot Win and arch) BUT I cannot access BIOS/EFI menu via F2 anymore. It seems like it just does not exist anymore. How do I get it back? Should I just flash over with the original EFI from the Lenovo download page? I could theoretically do that (I can still change boot order using my arch live medium), but i could not reset EFI prior to flashing... which is always recommended to do. So I am - again - pretty stuck with this EFI. I hope you can help and tell me what to do.This EFI-Implementation on the S205 must be the worst piece of "engineering" ever.Nothing works the way it is intended to... I would not dare to wash my hands clean off any faults, but ADDING a boot entry resulting in a not accessible BI... Read more

Answer:IdeaPad S205: BIOS/EFI menu not accessible after adding a new boot entry using the bcfg command

At least I now know what the problem is: It seems like the S205 can only keep 7 boot entries in NVRAM (Can anybody concern?).As I already have 7 boot entries:  adding a new entry using efibootmgr tool does not work (fails without error) and gummiboot doesn't work either. Nevertheless, adding a boot entry (for rEFInd) from within the UEFI shell works, but seems to result in deleting "Boot0000" aka Setup which then breaks my EFI. Breaking meaning that I cannot access it anymore. I can however (and did so twice yesterday) flash the original EFI from within Windows and thus gain access to the EFI menu again. Nevertheless this resets my boot entries again so the refind (or gummiboot) bootloader gets deleted again and only Win7 is bootable. Now what would be the smartest way to dual boot this system? Which of the boot entries is safe to delete so i could install refind/gummiboot instead? For instance, I don't know where USB FDD and USB CD come from. Can I delete them? Or won't I be able to boot from external CD-ROM or USB drive anymore if I delete them? Or would it be best to delete the Win7 bootloader and try to have refind/gummiboot boot it? And will they at all be able to still find the Win7 boot files once I deleted Win7's boot entry? When I install refind as bootloader and manually add an boot entry for it using the bcfg boot add command it is able to load Windows7. But will this still be possible if I delete the Win7 boot... Read more

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I know reg keys don't work, but is there any DLLs? Programs? Not a fan of W10 UI.

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I know reg keys don't work, but is there any DLLs? Programs? Not a fan of W10 UI.

Answer:Bringing back legacy clock/wifi menu on W10 Anniversary

Not sure which dialogue you're referring to.. something in the control panel perhaps? (e.g. Windows key + X, click control panel).

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I want to open the Start Menu folder to remove some shortcuts I had created there (because back then, I wanted them to appear in my Start Menu. Now I don't.) And this has led me to this rather peculiar observation:

I can open the Start Menu folder not only for the current user but also for "All Users" by click the Start button -> right clicking "All Programs" and then selecting either from the Menu that  comes up.However, I cannot open the Start Menu folder if I do Windows+R on the keyboard to open the Run window -> type in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu" -> hit Enter key. When I press enter, the computer presented the
UAC prompted asking me if I wanted to open the Airdroid application installed on my computer. Since this was unusual, I uninstalled Airdroid and ever since, when I paste "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu" and hit enter in the Run window,
it doesn't do simply returns me to Run window again.

Why is this happening? Why doesn't the Run window open the Start Menu folder? Is this some kind of Trojan activity?

I also notice that for the past 2-3 days, since I run the last Microsoft Security Essentials scan, my computer has been rather laggy in its performance...despite the fact that the CPU usage and the Memory usage were only around the 20% mark. I remember
that I had assigned Processor Affinity for some processes that time (including the MSE because I thou... Read more

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I wondered if anyone out there has had a similar experience to me...

For some weeks now I have had problems where the START MENU wouldn't launch, metro apps (OneDrive, Tweetium, Money, News etc) would fail to launch (just a blank window up), right mouse clicks wouldn't work, internet browsing slowed up...
Signing out of my windows account then back in again solved it... FOR A WHILE. After an hour or two gradually (one app after another etc) the same problems would occur.
Researching this, I came to the conclusion that Windows 10 was corrupt (or at least my user profile was) and a re-install was necessary. OR I also read of compatibility problems with Windows 10 in my AV software (Kaspersky Internet Security and wondered if the problem lay there.
Yesterday I uninstalled Kaspersky and relied on Win Defender. For 2 days now (unprecedented recently) my laptop has behaved impeccably, no problems as above.
So, am I to blame Kaspersky? Am I safe with Just Win Def? Any other AV suites throwing up problems? Any Kaspersky users with any experiences to share?

Answer:Antivirus / Windows 10 / Start Menu, Metro Apps, Context menu issues

Hi, @JP56:

I expect my first, new Win10 system to arrive this week and intend to install KIS 2016 on it, as I have done with many Vista and Win7 boxes.
AFAIK, there is no inherent problem with KIS/KTS 2016 on Win10.

However, each computer is unique.
There may be something about your system contributing to the behavior you report.

First, I would make sure you have fully and cleanly uninstalled any previous 3rd-party AV programs, such as Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, Webroot, etc. I suggest using the vendor's removal tool, if available. HERE is a comprehensive list by one of our forum experts.

Next, I would verify through the Windows Control Panel that both Windows Defender and Windows Firewall are disabled.
KIS ought to have automatically disabled them when it was installed. But if a recent Windows update or other process re-enabled either or both of those, that could cause a problem.

The other thing is that you are running KIS (aka "MR0").
The most current version (available in most or all locales now) is KIS (aka "MR1").
Upgrading from MR0 to MR1 is probably best accomplished via a "clean" upgrade:
Have your license info on-hand, just in case.Download and save -- but do not run yet -- the MR1 installer from HERE or from the local site in your country.Uninstall MR0 from Windows control panel, keeping only the license info.Reboot.Run the MR1 installer > (activate if needed) > update > reboot.

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I am using Windows 10 for around 2 days now. But today my computer freezed while playing a game, so i restarted my computer and when i logged in, the start menu,notification menu and metro apps would not open anymore.
Whats is happening?

Answer:Windows 10 start menu/notification menu/metro apps not opening anymore

Looks like nobody has a working fix for this...

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Hi, I'd like to add a context menu entry to the default set
Open/Open all users/Explore/Explore All users/Sort by Name/Rename etc
which appear when you

right click on a folder in an expanded Start menu (after 'Programs).

Technically, the 'folder' is a 'file folder'.

But the normal set of file folder context menu entries is suppressed by Windows in this instance.

Thus normal additions to the context menu set associated with 'anything' or 'file folders' or 'directories' never affects this set (so far).

I can add context menu entries which appear when I right click on a shortcut, but NOT folders.

I've tried Fast Explorer, and a couple of other utilities.

'Sort By Name', 'Explore All Users' are not in the registry. (Normally context menu entries appear in one of about 6 locations).

Ideas welcome!

Background: I want to do this 'cos I want to keep a 'bad' context menu entry that stops explorer running from this context menu (some programs do that, alas, thus you can't right click, explore the start menu once you install them and their context menu). Normally I have disabled such entries using Shellex View.

So I want to add one which uses a different file manager.


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A couple of weeks ago (well maybe 10 days ago) I turned on my computer to see that the desktop was nothing but the photograph background I usually see. My icons were gone! Taskbar, Start Menu, too.

I tried CTRL-ESC. Didn't work. I tried to run explorer.exe. Didn't work. I can't even access Control Panel (control.exe). I don't have malware or a virus (though I did just do a big clean, but only the speed of my computer improved; I still have to run all my programs through Task Manager), but I think the damage was probably done by a virus or trojan.

I've tried the Fix on Kelly's Korner. I've tried looking at Microcoft's page for help, but I can't find anything. I even tried copying the explorer.exe file from my machine at work and putting it in place of the other explorer file (I kept the original, though renamed it). Nothing has worked. I'm fed up and don't want to have to do a clean install. Can someone help me?


Answer:Major Windows Problem! No Start Menu, Task Bar, Icons, Right-click Menu . . . :(

Welcome to Bleeping Computer MissBigBlue,Which fix at kellys-korner did you try?Line #195 "Restore Desktop Icons and Taskbar" Or, Line #117 - Restore Taskbar and Start Menu, Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!!.htm Can you get into Safe Mode?Then you could try a System Restore.

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I wondered if anyone out there has had a similar experience to me...

For some weeks now I have had problems where the START MENU wouldn't launch, metro apps (OneDrive, Tweetium, Money, News etc) would fail to launch (just a blank window up), right mouse clicks wouldn't work, internet browsing slowed up...
Signing out of my windows account then back in again solved it... FOR A WHILE. After an hour or two gradually (one app after another etc) the same problems would occur.
Researching this, I came to the conclusion that Windows 10 was corrupt (or at least my user profile was) and a re-install was necessary. OR I also read of compatibility problems with Windows 10 in my AV software (Kaspersky Internet Security and wondered if the problem lay there.
Yesterday I uninstalled Kaspersky and relied on Win Defender. For 2 days now (unprecedented recently) my laptop has behaved impeccably, no problems as above.
So, am I to blame Kaspersky? Am I safe with Just Win Def? Any other AV suites throwing up problems? Any Kaspersky users with any experiences to share?

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Question: New start up entry

Today I downloaded IE7 and after running spybot I found a new startup entry : ctfmon.exe . My computer has slowed way down so I did a web search on the entry to find out what it is and how to disable it. The information I found doesnt apply to me. Supposedly it's a language file used for microsoft office xp. I dont have microsoft office xp. I checked the regional and laguage options and there were no extra settings. Everytime I uncheck the box for the startup entry, It comes back on the next start. I have also done a virus scan and pc is clean. Can anyone please help me ? I'm running windows xphome with 256 ram 1.5 ghz. Vaio desktop. Thanks, Herb

Answer:New start up entry

I have IE7 aand that ctfmon.exe and no problems running slow I think your problem might be something else so if you would run the following HijackTHis after downloading it. As for being for Microsoft Office I do not have that on my system so it has to have other uses.

To download HJTsetup.exe To Download HijackThis go to the following:;dl=item5
Filename = 1137518044HJTsetup.exe
Save the file to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy doing that copies the text to the clipboard, you won't see it yet....
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

A security expert should take a look at your log - please be patient.

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Question: new start up entry

My pc has been running slow for a while after start up. I checked the start floder and found a new entry ZSSnp211.exe. Can any body help with info on this please .Thanks.

Answer:new start up entry

Quote from: Richenstony on August 09, 2007, 02:35:01 AM download above is for a program called hijackthis , it can detect anything hiding that could be malicious all though it also picks up general window processes , so it cant tell whats bad ........ scan and save log  and post your log in the virus section..... do not attempt to fix anything!Post the log for us to have a look at 

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Question: Corrupt menu bar

I am trying to fix a problem on XP.

The menu bar text where you would access drop-down menus (File, Edit etc) on all windows opened have no infill colour and sticks out from the colour of the menu bar background (grey).

I found the solution to this a couple of years ago, but damn it, i can't remember the name of the .dll that was corrupt...can anyone remember? Jeez!

Answer:Corrupt menu bar

Anyone understand the problem i have? I just can't find the solution to this; even MS KB is shooting blanks here

Anyone seen this before?

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I have created and pinned some personal folders to the start menu. They now appear on the left hand side of the start menu, along with the other applications.

Here are my questions:

1) How can I set up those folders so that they would appear with the little arrow on the right that will allow me to see the content of those folders as a menu, instead of having to open them as Explorer windows?
I would like to do that instead of using the "pull up" option in the taskbar.

1a)How can I change the name of a folder pinned to the start menu without changing the name of the real folder?

2) Is it possible to create personal folders to insert on the right hand side pane of the start menu? (to appear under the system default folders called "pictures", "music" etc)

Thank you for any advice on this.

Answer:menu view of personal folders pinned to start menu

1.) You should be able to right click the folder and select "view as link" or "view as menu"

1a) Not sure if you can do that.

2) It is not possible to include personal folders on the right side of the start menu.

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I guess this is best explained with images, so here's what I want. (If possible of course).

So in this screenshot you can see my Start Menu, notice that some of this icons (Steam, Curse Client and Origin) have an arrow next to them? When you hover, or click, with the mouse the Task menu opens up.
What I want is to add an icon of Microsoft Office and make it so that the arrow is there too (just like Steam, Origin and Curse Client) and make it so that when I click or hover the Task menu will appear, and on the list will be MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, etc
I would like to know if it's at all possible and if so how can I do it?

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:How do I pin a folder to Start Menu and have it show Task side menu?

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Nice wall care to share the original with us

I don't know how one would go about that with the start menu and all of the office programs,
I believe it would be possible using a toolbar on the taskbar though,
Customize toolbar,

Windows 7 annoyances - Microsoft Community

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I have lost some items from my start menu or the one that pops up when you hit 'start' at bottom left of screen.
I have lost the menu item 'recent documents, and have lost the drop-down menus from both the items, 'My Documents' and 'Control panel'. The 'recent documents' also had a drop down menu.
The drop down menu used to appear where the arrow is, in the picture I have included with this post and also to the right of the menu item 'control panel'
Here's a picture

Many thanks

Answer:Hi - Lost menu items and drop down lists from start menu.

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I upgraded from Windows XP to 7. I have "menu command" and "menu pop-up" sound effects set but they are not working for the Windows 7 start menu. They used to work for XP. It was helpful to hear a sound effect whenever a menu expanded or item was pressed in the start menu. I know this may be a minor problem, but can this be fixed in a future patch or service pack?

Answer:Menu sound effects not working for Windows 7 start menu

You should be able to go into your windows sound menu and set the sounds...

Right Click Desktop > Appearance > Windows Sounds

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when right clicking on taskbar to open properties window it does not show start button tab.

Answer:Why is my start menu tab missing in taskbar and menu properties in window in Win 10?

This was removed some time around build 10041. All of the options that were on that tab are now either integrated into the Personalization section of the Settings app or are no longer available since they refer to UI elements and functionality that has been changed since then.

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I got an undeletable entry in the Start/Run box. It is an http address that I've never put in there. I've only used it so far for typing "msconfig" and "notepad.exe", nothing else! In fact, none of these 3 entries seem to be deletable, they seem to be in some memory.

I've run CWS didn't found a thing, ad ware SE did remove CWS (traces), spybot search & destroy nothing, and spydoctor found 1 infection (Ibis). While going through the hour and a half scan, I received 2 warnings by AVG on a Trojan downloader "Zbol". I deleted both files.

I've attached the latest HijackThis, but as usual, there does not seem to be anything unusual.

Does anyone know how to remove the entry in the run-box? Thanks!


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 22:23:16, on 12/02/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\ewido anti-malware\ewidoctrl.exe
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Answer:Undeletable entry in Start/Run

Click on Tools - Internet Options - then clear History. That should remove them all.

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I recently checked Spybot S&D to see wht progrmas started with Windows and i noticed and entry and it does not have much information with it. Hard to say if Windows is acting strange or not as some programs don't seem to work well with Vista.
Also when i used deckard, it only gave me main.txt, no extra.txt and i ran it a few times to check.

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Arthur on 2008-02-20 13:16:15
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- HijackThis (run as Arthur.exe) ----------------------------------------------

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 1:16:23 PM, on 2/20/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16609)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Camera Assistant Software for Toshiba\traybar.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Power Saver\TPwrMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\SmoothView\SmoothView.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\FlashCards\TCrdMain.exe
C:\Program Files\Camera Assistant Software for Toshiba\CEC_MAIN.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPStart.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\aol\1193443033\ee\aolsoftware.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\ConfigFree\NDSTray.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.EXE
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Answer:Unknow start-up entry

BUMP - also want to add I ran Ad-ware 2007 (after a few treis with getting a BLue Screen) and it came up with Win32.Trojan.Small in my documents (something I downloaded) and that also showed up in the Registry I think:

Root: HKLM Path: software\microsoft\windows nt\currentversion\image file execution options\iexplore.exe

That was removed, and between Ad-ware, Mcafee virus scan and spybot s&d the only other things to show up where cookie files and just recently viewed lists.

If you want me to run another scan now, just say so and I will as soon as i get a chance. Thank you in advance.

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I encountered a Virus alert as triggered by my Avast software about 2 weeks ago.

Straight after this, my 'start/ all programs' list went from about 30 programs to 12. This is on both Windows user on my pc. (A Patriot PT2980). The programs are still on the pc , just not on the menu. Also any shortcuts I had in my system tray disaapeared.

I then ran Super Anti-spyware and Malwarebytes - which initially found some viruses but didnt resolve the issue.
I than also ran GMER under instruction from here.

I then starting suffering another issue, that my pc was very slow to boot up - it took ages to get past the Windows XP screen.
Once booted up (no error messages), I can use the internet okay. However, if I try and play any video or music in Windows Media Player, it is very slow and breaks up. Im not sure if this is linked to the initial fault.

The results are included in my first post -

Under instructions I have now ran the 'preperation guide' , please see the files attached from this.

Thanks for any advice.

Answer:Slow pc and menu corrupt

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. Click the Watch This Topic button at the top on the right.

Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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