Can't delete/move StartMenu Folders

Intel / Dq3510j
April 19, 2009 at 21:44:37
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, 2 GHz / 4025 MB
When I try to delete or move some Start Menu program folders to better organize, I sometimes get the error:

"You Need Permission to Perform this action:
Try Again : Cancel"

I am an administrator and logged into my account. I can see the option to Open all Users and Open when I right-click the Start Button.

I have found some success to delete if I go into the folder and delete each of its contents one at a time, and then when the folder is empty, I can right click and delete it. But most of the time when I want to organize my folders I get this error.

Any reason why this is happening or any tips to get this working right?

Cartman


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#1
April 19, 2009 at 22:11:04
Folders in the start menu contain links to installed programs, why would you want to delete them?
Deleting these folders, will then require you to find each program's executable file where ever it's located on your hard drive, some may be several layers deep.
I don't reccomend messing with it, but it's yours so do what you will.

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#2
April 20, 2009 at 04:37:57
I prefer to regroup these folders to my liking as Windows just makes a mess of the Start Menu and some folders do not need to be there at all.

Any helpful suggestions?

Cartman


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#3
April 20, 2009 at 05:25:38
Buy or surf the net for a copy of Ed Bott's book called Windows vista inside out. The chapter Working with Vista Start Menu Folders in Windows Explorer is exactly what you need to properly reorganize the start menu folders. (By properly I meant one wrong move will lock up your windows).

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#4
April 20, 2009 at 08:12:46
I do not intend to be rude, but people, please do not reply if you do not have a solution. Suggesting I may not want to do this, or buying a book does not help and is not really what these forums are used for.

A big thank you to someone who knows why this is happening and how to resolve it.

Cartman


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#5
April 20, 2009 at 08:20:42
I hear you. With an attitude like yours I am sorry to say you will not get far on any forum. Have a nice day.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#6
April 20, 2009 at 09:14:35
After doing more research, I found this problem occurs frequently with Vista and there are many possible reasons and I found a workaround/solution that is acceptable. Simply click the Start Menu folder to display its contents, right click each individual file and choose DELETE. Once the folder is empty, I was allowed to delete it.

I hope this information is useful to those having the same problem.

"Don't let the turkeys get you down"

Cartman


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#7
May 20, 2009 at 13:37:48
I found another work around for those of us still more used to XP - right click on the start button & select "explore all users" then open the start menu and right click on "All programs" and select "explore" (not all users). Tile the screens vertically - the one with the longer path (C:\Users\<current user>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu) is the current user, the other is the all users folder. At this point you can drag, drop and rename as you like, although it helps to turn off "User Account Control" in the control panel if you haven't already done so.

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