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personalized menus - opposite problem from the usual

by zenkovic / December 3, 2007 9:09 AM PST

As far as I can tell, most people having problems with personalized menus are looking to turn the feature off. I am having the opposite problem. I have the feature turned on and want it on, but it doesn't work. It's not that it's not incorrectly assessing what programs are frequently used or not -- it's not doing anything at all. No "double V's" or anything. Thankfully I have a WUXGA display, so the full, unabbreviated program list doesn't overwhelm the screen, but I want personalized menus to work! Is anyone aware of what the deal might be?

I am running Vista Home Premium (32-bit) on a brand new HP desktop. I haven't done anything esoteric with the Windows installation since it arrived, although I did switch to the Classic Start Menu. I cannot fathom what the problem is.

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Two questions...
by John.Wilkinson / December 3, 2007 12:12 PM PST

1.) How long has it been since you enabled Personalized Menus? (It's not supported under the default Vista start menu.) It can take time for Windows to determine which programs you access regularly, so you may not see an immediate effect.

2.) Do you run disk cleanup utilities such as WindowWasher, DiskScrubber, or CCleaner? If so, you may be inadvertently deleting records of which programs you access regularly, forcing Windows to continually start over with them all displayed by default.

John

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Re: two questions...
by zenkovic / December 3, 2007 12:47 PM PST
In reply to: Two questions...

1. That's not the issue. I'm aware that there's a lag -- obviously Windows needs data to determine whether you use a program frequently or not -- although now that you mention it I wonder if it's possible to adjust these settings. Anyway, I got the system on October 25 and activated it immediately after booting up. It's been over a month.

2. No, I am not running any disk cleanup utilities. Other than Norton, which came with a 1 1/2-year subscription so why not, I don't run any third party system utilities that I know of. Is the location of the records that Windows uses to drive personalized menus known? Would be great if I could inspect it directly to see if there's any funny business there.

Thanks.

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