All Programs issue


R

R. Drapeau

I'm running Win XP, SP2. When I the standard Start Menu, when I select "All
Programs" nothing shows up...it's like the "All Programs" group doesn't have
anything to show. However, when I change to "Classic Start Menu" when I
select the "Programs" group I do have programs listed.

Any ideas what could be causing this would be appreciated.

Thank you.
 
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R

R. Drapeau

Wes,

Thank you very much, but unfortunately that didn't work. This appears to be
a nasty problem that many people have had. I researched further and there
does not appear to be a clear explaination or resolution.

Reg
 
W

Wesley Vogel

Reg,

Are you using the XP Start Menu?

If so, try changing to the Classic Start Menu and see if the Programs folder
appears full.

Right click Start button | Properties | Select Classic Start Menu |
Click Apply | Click OK |

Then click the Start button and point to Programs. Anything?

All Programs (or Programs) is really a combination of
%homepath%\Start Menu\Programs
and
%allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs

Do the programs appear if you...
Start | Run | Paste the following in the box and click OK...
%homepath%\Start Menu\Programs
and
Start | Run | Paste the following in the box and click OK...
%allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs

Anything?

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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

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G

Guest

Hello all:

I was following Wesley's instructions about the ...%homepath%\Start
Menu\Programs and the %allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs. On the first
one I got the following message: "Windows cannot find \Documents. Make sure
you type the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click
the Start button, and then click Search." THEN on the second one when I
copied pasted on the Run window and clicked OK it did work, it connected me
to a folder named Programs. I tried the Classic Menu and shows that I have
an empty All Programs menu. What do I need to do next to get my Programs
back to the Start-All Programs menu. Your assistance will be greatly
appreciated.
--
Marta
Romans 1:16


:

Reg,

Are you using the XP Start Menu? If so, try changing to the Classic Start
Menu and see if the Programs folder appears full. Right click Start button |
Properties | Select Classic Start Menu | Click Apply | Click OK |

Then click the Start button and point to Programs. Anything? All Programs
(or Programs) is really a combination of %homepath%\Start Menu\Programs
and %allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs

Do the programs appear if you... Start | Run | Paste the following in the
box and click OK...%homepath%\Start Menu\Programs and Start | Run | Paste the
following in the box and click OK...%allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs

Anything?

--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In R. Drapeau <[email protected]> hunted and pecked:
Wes,

Thank you very much, but unfortunately that didn't work. This appears to be
a nasty problem that many people have had. I researched further and there
does not appear to be a clear explaination or resolution.

Reg

Start Menu 'All Programs' is empty or nothing happens when you click the menu
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/AllPrograms.htm
--
Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In R. Drapeau <[email protected]> hunted and pecked:
"I'm running Win XP, SP2. When I the standard Start Menu, when I select
"All Programs" nothing shows up...it's like the "All Programs" group doesn't
have anything to show. However, when I change to "Classic Start Menu" when I
select the "Programs" group I do have programs listed. Any ideas what could
be causing this would be appreciated.

Thank you.
 
W

Wesley Vogel

Marta,

%homepath%\Start Menu\Programs
should be the equivalent of
C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name Here\Start Menu\Programs

You need to look at...
Start Menu 'All Programs' is empty or nothing happens when you click the
menu
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/AllPrograms.htm

It sounds like something is messed up with
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
Folders

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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

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David Candy

%homepath% is not always the same as %userprofile%, (an NT4 thing). It won't work one day.
 
W

Wesley Vogel

What is the difference between %homepath% and %userprofile%?

Do you mean having to do with being on a network?

Do you mean like the differences between %systemroot% and %windir%? Which
are quite often the same thing.

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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

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D

David Candy

Connect home directory to root of the share
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon/Logoff

Description
Restores the definitions of the %HOMESHARE% and %HOMEPATH% environment variables to those used in Windows NT 4.0 and earlier.

If you enable this policy, the system uses the Windows NT 4.0 definitions. If you disable this policy or do not configure it, the system uses the new definitions designed for Windows 2000.

Along with %HOMEDRIVE%, these variables specify the home directory of a user profile. The home directory is a persistent mapping of a drive letter on the local computer to a local or remote directory.

By default, in Windows 2000, %HOMESHARE% stores the fully qualified path to the home directory (such as \\server\share\dir1\dir2\homedir). Users can access the home directory and any of its subdirectories from the home drive letter, but they cannot see or access its parent directories. %HOMEPATH% stores a final backslash and is included for compatibility with earlier systems.

On Windows NT 4.0 and earlier, %HOMESHARE% stores only the network share (such as \\server\share). %HOMEPATH% stores the remainder of the fully qualified path to the home directory (such as \dir1\dir2\homedir). As a result, users can access any directory on the home share by using the home directory drive letter.
 
R

R. Drapeau

Wesley,

The programs appear if I do:

Start | Run | Paste the following in the box and click OK...
%allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs


They don't appear if I do:

Start | Run | Paste the following in the box and click OK...
%homepath%\Start Menu\Programs

Any thoughts?

Reg
 
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R

R. Drapeau

Wesley,

I am using the XP Start menu. If I use the Classic view, it shows the
programs.

Reg
 
R

R. Drapeau

Wes,

If I type in C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name Here\Start Menu\Programs it
works, but not if I use the %homepath%\Start Menu\Programs. I agree with
you, there is something wrong with the Shell Folders.

Reg
 
D

David Candy

What about the main start menu in classic (above the line). Classic Main Start + Programs = XP All Programs. Programs is also a sub folder of Start menu.
 
G

Guest

Dear Wesley:

Thank you for your response and suggestion. I will let you know what happens.
 
W

Wesley Vogel

Are you on a network?

Does %userprofile%\Start Menu\Programs pasted in Start | Run open
C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name Here\Start Menu\Programs ?


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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

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S

S. Taylor

just chipping in my $0.02
on my machine the command echo %homepath% indicates it has a value of
\Documents and Settings\UserName
 
S

S. Taylor

on my system that would translate into
C:\\Documents and Settings\UserName=C:\WINDOWS=C:\WINDOWS
^ notice you have too many backslashes
It's more like:
%Homedrive%\%Homepath% = %userprofile%


"David Candy" <.> wrote in message
%Homedrive%\%Homepath% = %windir% = %systemroot%
 
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David Candy

Sorry I was talking about windir vs systemroot with wes in another thread.

I meant = %userprofile%
 

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