23 May 2017

Start Menu locations - Or add a simple Start Menu yourself without 3rd party tools

I keep forgetting the path to the Start Menu:
"C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"

This is the same for Windows 7 up to Windows 10, and for Server 2012 to Server 2016.

But, wouldn't it be nice to have some sort of start menu without installing some malware/spyware infested tool? Then this quick fix is for you:

  • Display "Hidden items" on your C: Drive.
  • Open File Explorer and browse to your C: Drive. 
  • On the View tab, check the "Hidden items" checkbox.
  • Add a New Toolbar on your Taskbar.
  • Right-click on a blank area of your Taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbars.
  • Browse to the Start Menu\Programs folder.
  • In the New Toolbar dialog box, browse to the "C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" folder. 
  • Click the "Select Folder" button.
  • Click the "Select Folder" button to add the new Toolbar to your Taskbar.

Here's what it looks like:

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