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  • On my start menu when I click All Programs now the list is blank. However if I right click and open it in explorer everything is there, which is a relief that it simply hasn't died in a filesystem error. I find this bizarre, any idea how to fix it?

    This is what it looks like:
    http://johntate.org/sites/default/files/AllPrograms-disappeared..jpg

    Thursday, August 6, 2009 12:37 PM

Answers

  • See if you have gone over 70 entries.  Seems to be an inadvertant limit.  There are work arounds. 
    • Proposed as answer by drwife Sunday, August 23, 2009 3:21 PM
    • Marked as answer by Dale Qiao Monday, August 24, 2009 7:25 AM
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 4:37 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Thanks for posting in Microsoft TechNet Forum.

     

    This issue can be related to corrupted user profile. To troubleshoot this kind of issue, I would like to propose the following suggestions.

     

    1. Perform a System Restore to the previous time  when the computer is out of this issue if you created a restore point before. To do this, please refer to the following website.

     

    Restore your computer from a system image backup

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Restore-your-computer-from-a-system-image-backup

     

    If the issue persists, please continue the step as follow.

     

    2. Fix a corrupted user profile, please visit the following website for detail steps.

     

    Fix a corrupted user profile

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

     

    Best Regards.

    Dale Qiao

     

    • Marked as answer by Dale Qiao Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:55 AM
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:55 AM

All replies

  • See if you have gone over 70 entries.  Seems to be an inadvertant limit.  There are work arounds. 
    • Proposed as answer by drwife Sunday, August 23, 2009 3:21 PM
    • Marked as answer by Dale Qiao Monday, August 24, 2009 7:25 AM
    Thursday, August 6, 2009 4:37 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Thanks for posting in Microsoft TechNet Forum.

     

    This issue can be related to corrupted user profile. To troubleshoot this kind of issue, I would like to propose the following suggestions.

     

    1. Perform a System Restore to the previous time  when the computer is out of this issue if you created a restore point before. To do this, please refer to the following website.

     

    Restore your computer from a system image backup

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Restore-your-computer-from-a-system-image-backup

     

    If the issue persists, please continue the step as follow.

     

    2. Fix a corrupted user profile, please visit the following website for detail steps.

     

    Fix a corrupted user profile

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/Windows7/Fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

     

    Best Regards.

    Dale Qiao

     

    • Marked as answer by Dale Qiao Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:55 AM
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 1:55 AM
  • See if you have gone over 70 entries.  Seems to be an inadvertant limit.  There are work arounds. 

    Thanks so much for the tip, Seth.  I read Dale's answer of sys restore and corrupted profile and just bawked.  lol.

    I had 106 icons.  I deleted enough to get me under 70 and I can see all the icons again.  I don't know where you found this fix but it worked!!!

    What are some of the work arounds you referenced?

    Sunday, August 23, 2009 3:22 PM