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Really Dumb Start Menu Problem



Perhaps I'm just a moron but I'm new to XP so I'm not sure if thats an excuse. My start menu for some reason is showing the contents of my program files directory. Basically when you click on start then all programs you see Administrative Tools, Adobe, ahead, Ahead Nero, Common Files, Creative, etc etc etc.

Its got the normal shortcuts you expect to see in the start menu but also every folder that's in my D:\Program Files\ folder.

Can someone please explain why this is and how I can get rid of it. Using XP pro and clean install, not an upgrade over 2K if that matters. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
You can open Windows Explorer and navigate to the 'Documents and Settings' folder. In there, under each user account (your name, All Users, etc) there's a 'start menu' folder under each account... you can go into those and move things around or delete what you don't want showing up in start/All Programs.

They're really aren't any dumb questions. Oh ok, so there is, but this isn't one. ;)


Tried that. They don't show up in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs or C:\Documents and Settings\Shifty Roach\Start Menu\Programs .

When you right click in the start menu to examine them, they're folders not shortcuts. When the flyout, they show you the readme's, .dll's and everything else that you're not supposed to see in the start menu.

I'm totally lost.

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