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XP Start menu help?

I recently had to format my hard drive and reload my programs.

Usually you can right click on start button select explore then in the left pane the start menu is highlighted.
You can then move things around and arrange things where you want them to show up on the start menu even create folders to move things into.

My problem....
Everything loaded shows up on the start button just fine but when I go to explore the only folders there are program files and main things like admin tools...accessories otherwise most things that are loaded by windows on install and then only the main folder nothing that is in the folder.

I have went to folder options and view and even told it to show system files and such but that didn't make things show up.

Anyone have a clue what I need to do to make them show? I have never had this problem before never did anything different than I did this time to make them show.

HELP !!!!!!

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That's the problem Jim they are appearing on the start button menu but not in the start menu in explore. Thats what is so perplexing.

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Perhaps I'm misunderstanding your question, but shortcuts are generally added to the "Program Files" of the "Start Menu" when programs are installed or re-installed.

Since you formatted your HD, it is not unexpected that your Program shortcuts have disappeared. They should start re-appearing as you re-load programs or manually re-create shortcuts for the start menu.

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Thanks for trying Gerda....Yeah I can do all that and I do use classic view but when right clicking on the start menu and selecting explore you will see start menu highlighted there. that is where things are not showing up.

I may have to format and reload again seems like a glitch of some kind to me I have never seen such a problem. for most people this would not even be an issue but I am a stickler for having my menu laid out MY WAY :lol:
I can create new folders and they show up fine but the other shortcuts are not showing up so I can move them to the folders I want :cry:

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I don't know if this will help but maybe adjust the start menu ?

I found this :

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/accessibility/customizestartmenu.mspx
http://windows.about.com/od/customizingwindows/ss/numshortcuts.htm

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