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Start up menu ME

by newell1967 / May 1, 2004 4:37 AM PDT

How do I get my program files to show up on my start menu. When I go to programs from my start up menu the only program shown is "start up". What happened???

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Re:Start up menu ME
by oldronruns / May 1, 2004 10:11 AM PDT
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Since no one smarter has replied, I will tell you what I would do. Have not had this problem so it is guess-work.
Under my computer, windows,there is a file called start menu. When I open my file, there is another file named programs. When I open this, it lists all of my programs. If you do not have these files, suggest you make new files and manually transfer your programs to this file buy copy and paste. Start slow and experiment a lot in case I am wrong. Let me know if it works. Good luck.

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Re:Re:Start up menu ME
by oldronruns / May 1, 2004 10:57 AM PDT
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Don't try copy and paste. I have experimented a little and it doesn't work. Must be another way. Need help from someone much smarter than me. Sorry.

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Re:Re:Re:Start up menu ME
by Bloss45 / May 1, 2004 5:55 PM PDT
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Well you nearly got there....... try making shortcuts to all the programme .exe files and then move those shortcuts into that file.

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Re:Start up menu ME
by HTMLSiteDesign / May 1, 2004 2:07 PM PDT
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Have you tried the restore function? how long has this been going on? what did you do? (load a program, delete some files, you'll need to provide more info before anyone can hlep you)

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Re:Re:Start up menu ME
by newell1967 / May 3, 2004 12:21 AM PDT
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Yes I have tried the restore function but all my restore points are missing. Since I recovered my system with my recovery CD. I didn't completly reformat my disc, just recovered to my original settings. Everything was fine until one day I turned my computer on and noticed some problems. At start up "preparing your system" came up and it takes 10-15minutes to boot up. After that I found my programs are not listed. I do have all my programs but I have to put a short cut of my program files on my desktop to retrieve them.

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This seems proper, given the work done.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 3, 2004 12:42 AM PDT
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If you do the usual Restore CDs, then it's proper for the progrmas to vanish off the menus.

It's also a know side-effect of System Works (or a component of that package) to see 10 and many more minute startup times. The common issue is some thousands of zero-byte .INF files in C;\Windows\Inf Fix? Delete the zero-byte files and uninstall what you can from System Works.

As to System Restore, I'll paste my note about it next...

I know the frustration about System Restore. You'll read thread after thread about this FRAGILE feature of Windows ME. The following is a collection of notes about fixing System Restore and what might interfere with System Restore (SR.)

To people trying to surf safely, firewall software such as Zone Alarm has stopped restore points from being created. If you've added such recently, disable such and see if the restore points are working again. Report this to the vendors/makers/authors so they will fix it.

Let's cover a few items?

1. The September 8, 2001 patch.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q290700">
MS KB Q 290700 - "Checkpoints That You Create After September 8,2001 Do Not Restore Your Computer"


2. A rather LENGTHY article with many links and more articles on fixing System Restore.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q306768"> Troubleshooting System Restore in Windows Millennium Edition

The information in this article applies to: Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
This article was previously published under Q306768

3. How to use the SCANREG /RESTORE in Windows ME

http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/trouble/INDEX.HTM"> Look down the page here

4. PARASITES. These can no longer be tolerated. Let me state that your antivirus does not detect/remove all PARASITES! I consider SPYWARE, ADWARE, VIRUS and TROJANS to be lumped into a category I call parasites. Symantec has yet to WAKE UP! to the spyware/adware parasite issue.

a. Adaware 6 from http://www.lavasoftusa.com">http://www.lavasoftusa.com or

b. Spybot from http://security.kolla.de/">http://security.kolla.de/
c. An online scan from http://housecall.trendmicro.com/">http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

5. The new menace. KAZAA borne virus. A big uptick over the last month of machines showed up with KAZAA and some trojan/virus that I think was brought in with KAZAA. The upshot of all this work was to remove the PARASITES, along with KAZAA and hope the machine would stabilize (most did.) A few were quite damaged so the OS was reinstalled.


Bob

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Re:This seems proper, given the work done.
by newell1967 / May 7, 2004 12:32 AM PDT

Couldn't find any zero byte INF files in system works. Checked all the sites you gave me and still have not found the problem. Got any more hints I check out??

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"Couldn't find any zero byte INF files in system works. :"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 7, 2004 12:50 AM PDT

Said files are not in System Works. And many can't find them with Explorer since Explorer can be hiding .INF files.

Your skill at opening a command prompt (also known as DOS) can be useful. Open the command window and try...

DIR C:\Windows\Inf

How many files?

Bob

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Re:Opening a command prompt

I'm not quite that knowlegable of windows and don't know how to use that well. Could you put me through the steps? That would be very helpful. Thanks

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(NT) No "steps, just press Start, Run, then enter COMMAND
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 9, 2004 8:38 AM PDT

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