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My eyes are hurting from searching so long, so I'm asking you guys. Just installing Windows 7 again. After installing all of my programs, I go to the Start Menu>All Programs, and it's an absolute cluster--I hate cluster. I'm a neat freak, so I always liked XP because it was easy to organize my programs into different folders. For some reason I just can't figure out how to do it in Windows 7. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 9
I was in the same boat, and in the end I learned that it's all done in this folder:

C:\\Users\\DrC\\AppData\\Roaming\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Start Menu\\Programs
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post #3 of 9
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Yeah I found some of them there, but the vast majority of them aren't anywhere to be found. I must be missing something.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by DrC View Post
Yeah I found some of them there, but the vast majority of them aren't anywhere to be found. I must be missing something.
Another location where Start Menu Programs are found, and hidden by default.

C:\\ProgramData\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Start Menu\\Programs
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Bingo. Thanks for this!
post #6 of 9
I have a confession to make: all I did was I right-clicked one of the folders in my Start Menu All Programs menu, chose Properties, and then copy/pasted the Location.

So, if I had checked the properties of more than just that 1 folder, then I would have seen that both of those folders are utilized.
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post #7 of 9
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That's actually a nice reminder, because I forgot to even do that. I used to just click the option to take me to the target file. In XP, it took me to where the shortcut was, but in windows 7, it takes you right to the program folder. This is just one of those things I'll need to get used to. Thanks to both of you though, it was a huge help.
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That's actually a nice reminder, because I forgot to even do that. I used to just click the option to take me to the target file. In XP, it took me to where the shortcut was, but in windows 7, it takes you right to the program folder. This is just one of those things I'll need to get used to. Thanks to both of you though, it was a huge help.
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
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post #9 of 9
you can also install one of the start menu replacement programs which can replace win7 start menu with drop menu type (xp style) menu and there you can organize them much easier
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