Programs do not appear in the Start Menu

November 28, 2009 at 03:29:25
Specs: Windows Vista
I recently built a new computer. I have windows installed on a small (40 gig) IDE hard drive and a second larger (250 gig) hard drive for primary storage. Any program that are installed on the large hard drive do not appear in my Start Menu, but programs installed on the smaller drive do appear. How can I get programs installed on the larger hard drive to appear on my in my Start Menu?

thanks,

-dan


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#1
November 28, 2009 at 14:27:46
Not really sure why you feel this is a hardware question, but...here's hows in XP (from Windows XP Help no less):

To add selected items to the Start menu
Right-click the Start button, and then click Properties.
On the Start Menu tab, under Classic Start menu, click Customize.
Under Advanced Start menu options, select the check boxes for the items you want to appear on the Classic Start menu.
The next time you click Start, the items you selected are on the Classic Start menu.


Note

You can remove an item from the Start menu by clearing its check box in the last step of this procedure.


I've never worked with Vista, but I would say if the above doesn't work, then look in Vista Help and Support. That's what it's there for.

LIR


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#2
November 28, 2009 at 16:06:05
If the program were not installed when running the current version of Windows then you need to re-install them. Programs are linked to the OS (.dll).

If this doesn't apply then follow Jennifer's suggestions.


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#3
November 29, 2009 at 00:14:30
Thank you for the advice Jennifer. That is what I have been
doing to get the programs in my start menu, but I was
wondering if there was a way to ensure that they were
automatically added to the menu at the time of install. It will
add programs installed to the C: drive but not the D: drive.
Any additional advice would be appreciated.

thanks,

-dan

p.s. OtheHill also has a good point but all programs were
installed when running the current version of Windows


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