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system tools are gone from accessories

by lino / September 23, 2004 10:52 PM PDT

Recently, I tried to access disk defragmenter from all program/accessories/system tools and discovered that they are not there any more. I can still access the tools from HELP and SUPPORT, so I know that they are still on my harddrive, but I am curious to know if anyone has any idea on how to restore them to their proper place in accessories. I am running Windows XP professional, service pack 1. Thank you for any suggestions, Lino

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Same thing happened to me...
by justjooles / September 24, 2006 1:44 PM PDT

Are you running Explorer 7 as well? Same thing happened to me today and I have no idea why or how to find it now.

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Missing shortcut...
by John.Wilkinson / September 24, 2006 2:17 PM PDT

Everything you see listed in the Start menu are just shortcuts that point you to the actual program. They can be easily recreated...just name which shortcuts are missing and we'll direct you to the actual programs, from which you can create shortcuts.

Also, I'm guessing the previous poster had not heard of IE7 considering that was 2 years ago, before the latest version of Internet Explorer was conceived.


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I'm aware of shortcuts and how to create them...
by justjooles / September 24, 2006 3:11 PM PDT
In reply to: Missing shortcut...

...but I suppose my question would be, why all of a sudden did the list disappear from under Accessories?? System Tools, Calculator, Paint etc. etc. All GONE from the menu, and all that is there is left is some strange Explorer link. I have never had to drag and drop any of these shortcuts into the standard Windows Accessories menu and I am trying to figure out where they went and why. As well, the Outlook mail account seems to have disappeared and needs to be re-configured, when it was working just fine the hour before. I'm baffled. If anyone has any thougths, that would be fantastic. FYI, I am not a novice, nor am I an expert but I am somewhere in between.

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justjooles, Here's a simple fix
by Tufenuf / September 24, 2006 8:56 PM PDT
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It's just a shortcut.
by caktus / September 24, 2006 2:19 PM PDT

Using the Search Assitant in the Start menu, search for System Tools. Right click on the folder and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut). Left click on the new shortcut and drag it to Start > Programs > Accessories, or to where ever you want to place it.

Hope this helps.


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System Tools Vanished ?
by Papa Echo / September 24, 2006 6:09 PM PDT

That folder at Start Menu>Programs>Accessories...(they are all folders-sub-folders at your user account) could have been moved and is now "hiding" in one of these sub-foldrs folders or elsewhere. Use "Search" to find folders with names containing "system tools","system restore", "defragmentar", etc. to try to find it. If found, move it back. (cut-paste). Why the folder could have moved is another story....

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Here's a Missing System Tools Fix
by Tufenuf / September 24, 2006 8:40 PM PDT
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Thank you...
by justjooles / September 24, 2006 11:51 PM PDT

Thanks y'all for your suggestions. I will certainly give the link a try Tufenuf!

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Quick Fix
by Sierraecho38 / May 14, 2012 2:15 PM PDT

This was a perfect quick fix. It literally took less than a minute. Thxs Silly

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