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How to Restore Missing Default Start Menu Shortcuts in Vista

 

STEP ONE:
Restore the Single User Default Shortcuts

 

Note Note
All 32 bit and 64 bit editions of Vista have these same single user default Start menu shortcuts. You will also need to download the All Users Default Shortcuts for your edition of Vista in STEP TWO below.

 

1. Click on the download button below to download the Single_User_Shortcuts.zip file.

2. Save the Single_User_Shortcuts.zip file to the desktop.

3. Right click on the Single_User_Shortcuts.zip file (on desktop) and click on Open.

4. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt.

5. Extract the Single_User_Shortcuts folder to the desktop.

6. Right click on the Start button and click on Open or Explore, not Open/Explore All Users. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: This will open this hidden Start Menu folder in Windows Explorer:
C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

single_user_explorer.jpg

7. To Restore All Default Single User Start Menu Shortcuts –

A) Open the Single_User_Shortcuts folder (on desktop) and right click on the Programs folder and click on Copy.

B) Right click on a empty space in the Windows Explore window and click on Paste. (See screenshot above)

C) Click on Yes and Copy and Replace to confirm the copying of the default shortcuts and desktop.ini files.

8. To Restore Just the Single User Shortcuts You Want –

A) Open the Single_User_Shortcuts folder (on desktop) and manually copy the shortcuts you want over to the Start menu location in the Programs folder in the Windows Explorer window location above. (See screenshot below step 6)

 

STEP TWO:
Restore the All Users Default Shortcuts

 

Note Note
You will just need to select the download for your edition of Vista. You will also need to do STEP ONE above to restore the Single User default Start Menu shortcuts.

 

1. For Vista 32 bit or 64 bit Home Basic –

A) Click on the download button below to download the All_Users_Home_Basic.zip file.

B) Go to step 5.

2. For Vista 32 bit or 64 bit Home Premium

A) Click on the download button below to download the All_Users_Home_Premium.zip file.

B) Go to step 5.

3. For Vista 32 bit or 64 bit Business –

A) Click on the download button below to download the All_Users_Business.zip file.

B) Go to step 5.

4. For Vista 32 bit or 64 bit Ultimate –

A) Click on the download button below to download the All_Users_Ultimate.zip file.

5. Save the ZIP file to the desktop.

6. Right click on the ZIP file (on desktop) and click on Open.

7. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt.

8. Extract the All_Users_(Vista Edition) folder to the desktop.

9. Right click on the Start button and click on Open All Users or Explore All Users, not Open/Explore. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: This will open this hidden Start Menu folder in Windows Explorer:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

all_users_explorer.jpg

10. To Restore All Default All Users Start Menu Shortcuts –

A) Open the All_Users_(Vista Edition) folder (on desktop) and highlight the Programs folder, Default Programs shortcut, and Windows Update shortcut, then right click on them and click on Copy.

B) Right click on a empty space in the Windows Explore window and click on Paste. (See screenshot above)

C) Click on Yes and Copy and Replace to confirm the copying of the default shortcuts and desktop.ini files.

11. To Restore Just the All Users Shortcuts You Want –

A) Open the All_Users_(Vista Edition) folder (on desktop) and manually copy the shortcuts you want over to the Start menu location in the Programs folder in the Windows Explorer window location above. (See screenshot below step 9)

 

 

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