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Lost Program Listings

What would cause most, but not all, links to my program files (Start|Programs) to disappear? How do I restore this list?

XP Pro w/ SP2 on a ThinkPad

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Most common reasons are:

1. "Oops". One can hit the delete key and delete them.

2. SPYWARE. Some spyware out there is not only deleting menu items, but add/remove programs. Such is usually badly coded and may wipe out all entries.

If you are not actively keeping SPYWARE off your machine and use nothing but Internet Explorer, then I suspect number 2.

-> How to recover.

a. System Restore to when it was ok. But Spyware can do it in again.
b. Make menus and start putting the shortcuts back in as you need them.


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Re: Lost Program Listings

Those links are shortcuts, so someone (something) deleted them. For example, you might find such shortcuts under the following path:

C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\Start Menu\Programs


c:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs

Here are the shortcut paths for Wordpad, Paint, Calculator.

So, you can restore those lists manually and by yourself because nobody knows what was installed on your PC.

Good Luck,


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,

T. S. Eliot

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Lost Program Listings--Now Found, Kind Of

I found the missing listings, thanks to Cetin's guidance. They are in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs.

Now, I'm going to show my ignorance of Windows XP users and permissions. I am the only user on my computer and I do not use a log-in or passowrd. Yet, I have C:\Documents and Settings for \Administrator, \Default User, and \Scott Ahlsmith (me).

The file listings I see under Start|Programs are the files listed in the Scott Ahlsmith directory. Can I just copy the shortcuts from one directory (sorry, folder) to another?

How do I change from Documents and Settings for Scott Ahlsmith to All Users?

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Yes, copy the shortcuts from yours to All Users [NT]


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This happened to me also

my system had some sort of crash and created a whole brand new user acct and recovered somehow on its own. i guess i was lucky. (beware of move on boot program)

when re booted pc had new desktop and very few programs.
i went into docs and settings & stumbled onto the new acct. so basically thru the great help you can get thru this forum i was able to somewhat get it back.

you will maually have to reistall programs that were installed more than likely. i was able to copy a few of them from the old user to the new user. but not all of them would work..
the word,paint,calculator tips from cetin fixed issues for me.

try getting your disc and going to control panel, add and remove and trying add windows components. that will get your games and some other things fixed as well.(check off games and accessories)
from there reinstall with disc the programs you want

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