Program Folders - Gone !!!

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by percyv143, May 26, 2003.

  1. percyv143

    percyv143 Guest

    my program folder is gone. when i tried to open my program folder from start-all program-my folder- ***... it's suppose to be when i get to my folder it should contain most of my favorite program folders but only 1 show and the rest is gone. how can set it back? i got tons of program folder deleted...
    pls help....
     
  2. lieb39

    lieb39 Apple lover, PC User

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    Can you run these program or are they complety gone (they might be hidden)

    I used a program called File Scavenger to get my files back when I formatted and I forgot to get some files. Google it...

    Good luck!

    lieb39
     
  3. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

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    Check these four registry keys. One of the entries may point to the wrong folder.
    If you find an entry that isn't right doubleclick the value and change it.



    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Shell Folders
    Common Programs ............. C:\ Documents and Settings\ All Users\ Start Menu\ Programs

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ User Shell Folders
    Common Programs ........... %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\ Start Menu\ Programs

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Shell Folders
    Programs .................. C:\ Documents and Settings\ username\ Start Menu\ Programs

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ User Shell Folders
    Programs .......... %USERPROFILE%\ Start Menu\ Programs

    (Assuming that Windows is installed on C:\ )


    Before making any changes rightclick the key (folder) and choose export to back it up.
     
  4. percyv143

    percyv143 Guest

    PROGRAM FILES - GONE !

    the programs are still there it's just that all the shortcut folder and icons are gone..
    thanks.
     
  5. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

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    Are there still shortcuts in

    C:\ Documents and Settings\ All Users\ Start Menu\ Programs
    and/or
    C:\ Documents and Settings\ your username\ Start Menu\ Programs

    .
     
  6. percyv143

    percyv143 Guest

    there were. i did restore to a previous point and the folder came back BUT all the shortcut icons it each folder is GONE, it's as good as nothing...
    what else could i do?
    thanks for you assistance.
     
  7. yoyo

    yoyo _________________

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    So inside these folders I mentioned above are also empty program folders, or are there application icons? If so in which one?

    As a last resort you can go through your program files directory and manually create shortcuts, to fill up these empty folders in start menu.
     
  8. percyv143

    percyv143 Guest

    PROGRAM FOLDERS -GONE

    only folder are there. no icons. so i guess the last resort is to create the shortcut icons manually.
    thanks for your help. :)