Windows 7 - Display the Programs Menu (Like in XP)
How to Display the XP Style Program Menu Favorites in Windows 7
This is a multi stage project. One stage involves checking the box next to 'Favorites' in the Start Menu properties sheet, and the other stage requires editing two Shell Icons settings in the registry.
Topics for Displaying The XP Program Menu in Windows 7
Let us build this project on a firm foundation. In stage 1 we discover how to control the Favorite fold-out on the Windows 7 Start Menu.
The concept for stage two is to rewire 'Favorites' so that it displays the items in the C:\ProgramData folder. Also be aware that this registry tweak changes the label 'Favorites' to 'Programs'. Incidentally ProgramData is a hidden folder.
Screenshot of Windows 7 Programs Menu Snap-out
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Registry Tips and Lessons
Add to Favorites?
How far should you go with registry safety?
What I do is to Export the section of the registry that I am working on. One reason that I like this approach is that you can open the file in notepad, and if necessary make changes before exporting back into the registry.
'The Health and Safety' committee would recommend backing up the registry, creating restore points, and backing up the entire machine. How much extra protection I use depends on the nature of the registry editing task, but I admit that the danger of this ad hoc approach is complacency and carelessness.
The secret of persuading Windows 7 to display the Programs Menu as it did in XP, is to combine settings in the registry with those the Start Menu properties. I find it easiest to understand, and easiest to troubleshoot if I split the task into two parts. Stage 1 getting 'Favorites' to display on the Windows 7 Start Menu, followed by stage 2 finding the Shell Icons setting in the Use section of the registry.
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