Vista Missing (or Not Working) Shortcuts

Posted: 01-19-2009, 07:30 PM

-I have read every post about this subject, and am no closer to
solution. I have lost all the shortcuts (well, there are a random fiv
or six) from my start menu. I am running Vista 32 bit Home Premium.
assume some program stole them when I uninstalled it. I have foun
numerous ways to restore the defaults through this forum site, but the
have not worked. The shortcuts then appear, but they don't do anythin
when I click on them. This problem extends to things such as th
calculator in the accessories folder and all my personally installe
program folders are gone from the start menu as well. Even when I put
new folder and shortcut in the proper place, it still won't do anythin
when I click them, and all the restored shortcuts have a generic ico
that looks like a piece of paper. I don't have the option to sy
restore, and so I am wondering what you would suggest I do next. Would
reinstall of Vista do anything? I have not ever done a Vista reinstall
can you install "over the top" like in XP? I can manually reinstall o
rebuild the shortcuts for the non-stock programs, as there are not man
installed, but to go through the whole of the ones that came with Vist
is daunting, and doesn't seem to be working. Oh, I tried the download o
the single and all users shortcuts through a post on here, which is ho
I got the non linking generic icon shortcuts to show up, but not work.

-Thanks in advance for any help I get!

-Zak

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Brink
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Re: Vista Missing (or Not Working) Shortcuts
Posted: 01-19-2009, 07:38 PM

veegish;944250 Wrote:
> -I have read every post about this subject, and am no closer to
> solution. I have lost all the shortcuts (well, there are a random fiv
> or six) from my start menu. I am running Vista 32 bit Home Premium.
> assume some program stole them when I uninstalled it. I have foun
> numerous ways to restore the defaults through this forum site, but the
> have not worked. The shortcuts then appear, but they don't do anythin
> when I click on them. This problem extends to things such as th
> calculator in the accessories folder and all my personally installe
> program folders are gone from the start menu as well. Even when I put
> new folder and shortcut in the proper place, it still won't do anythin
> when I click them, and all the restored shortcuts have a generic ico
> that looks like a piece of paper. I don't have the option to sy
> restore, and so I am wondering what you would suggest I do next. Would
> reinstall of Vista do anything? I have not ever done a Vista reinstall
> can you install "over the top" like in XP? I can manually reinstall o
> rebuild the shortcuts for the non-stock programs, as there are not man
> installed, but to go through the whole of the ones that came with Vist
> is daunting, and doesn't seem to be working. Oh, I tried the download o
> the single and all users shortcuts through a post on here, which is ho
> I got the non linking generic icon shortcuts to show up, but not work.
>
> -Thanks in advance for any help I get!
>
> -Zak
Hello Zak

Before doing a reinstall of Vista, see if when you create a ne
administrator acount, if all of the Start Menu shortcuts will work fo
you in that new account instead. If so, then all you will need to do i
to manually create new shortcuts for your programs from their .ex
files

If not, then you might also try a System Restore using a restore poin
dated before this problem to see if it may be able to fix it for you

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76...estore-how.htm

Hope this helps
Shaw

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Re: Vista Missing (or Not Working) Shortcuts
Posted: 01-19-2009, 07:42 PM

Brink;944253 Wrote:
> > veegish;944250 Wrote:
> > -I have read every post about this subject, and am no closer to
> > solution. I have lost all the shortcuts (well, there are a random fiv
> > or six) from my start menu. I am running Vista 32 bit Home Premium.
> > assume some program stole them when I uninstalled it. I have foun
> > numerous ways to restore the defaults through this forum site, but the
> > have not worked. The shortcuts then appear, but they don't do anythin
> > when I click on them. This problem extends to things such as th
> > calculator in the accessories folder and all my personally installe
> > program folders are gone from the start menu as well. Even when I put
> > new folder and shortcut in the proper place, it still won't do anythin
> > when I click them, and all the restored shortcuts have a generic ico
> > that looks like a piece of paper. I don't have the option to sy
> > restore, and so I am wondering what you would suggest I do next. Would
> > reinstall of Vista do anything? I have not ever done a Vista reinstall
> > can you install "over the top" like in XP? I can manually reinstall o
> > rebuild the shortcuts for the non-stock programs, as there are not man
> > installed, but to go through the whole of the ones that came with Vist
> > is daunting, and doesn't seem to be working. Oh, I tried the download o
> > the single and all users shortcuts through a post on here, which is ho
> > I got the non linking generic icon shortcuts to show up, but not work.
> >
> > -Thanks in advance for any help I get!
> >
> > -Zak-> >
>
> Hello Zak
>
> Before doing a reinstall of Vista, see if when you create a ne
> administrator acount, if all of the Start Menu shortcuts will work fo
> you in that new account instead. If so, then all you will need to d
> is to manually create new shortcuts for your programs from their .ex
> files
>
> If not, then you might also try a System Restore using a restor
> point dated before this problem to see if it may be able to fix it fo
> you
>
> http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76...estore-how.htm
>
> Hope this helps
> Shaw
Adding an admin account did not help, the start menu appeared the same
Also, no system restore, it was turned off! (not my computer, by th
way

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Brink
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Re: Vista Missing (or Not Working) Shortcuts
Posted: 01-19-2009, 07:51 PM

veegish;944255 Wrote:
> > Brink;944253 Wrote:
> > > > veegish;944250 Wrote:
> > > -I have read every post about this subject, and am no closer to
> > > solution. I have lost all the shortcuts (well, there are a random fiv
> > > or six) from my start menu. I am running Vista 32 bit Home Premium.
> > > assume some program stole them when I uninstalled it. I have foun
> > > numerous ways to restore the defaults through this forum site, but the
> > > have not worked. The shortcuts then appear, but they don't do anythin
> > > when I click on them. This problem extends to things such as th
> > > calculator in the accessories folder and all my personally installe
> > > program folders are gone from the start menu as well. Even when I put
> > > new folder and shortcut in the proper place, it still won't do anythin
> > > when I click them, and all the restored shortcuts have a generic ico
> > > that looks like a piece of paper. I don't have the option to sy
> > > restore, and so I am wondering what you would suggest I do next. Would
> > > reinstall of Vista do anything? I have not ever done a Vista reinstall
> > > can you install "over the top" like in XP? I can manually reinstall o
> > > rebuild the shortcuts for the non-stock programs, as there are not man
> > > installed, but to go through the whole of the ones that came with Vist
> > > is daunting, and doesn't seem to be working. Oh, I tried the download o
> > > the single and all users shortcuts through a post on here, which is ho
> > > I got the non linking generic icon shortcuts to show up, but not work.
> > >
> > > -Thanks in advance for any help I get!
> > >
> > > -Zak-> > > >
> >
> > Hello Zak
> >
> > Before doing a reinstall of Vista, see if when you create a ne
> > administrator acount, if all of the Start Menu shortcuts will wor
> > for you in that new account instead. If so, then all you will nee
> > to do is to manually create new shortcuts for your programs fro
> > their .exe files
> >
> > If not, then you might also try a System Restore using a restor
> > point dated before this problem to see if it may be able to fix i
> > for you
> >
> > http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76...estore-how.htm
> >
> > Hope this helps
> > Shawn> >
>
> Adding an admin account did not help, the start menu appeared th
> same. Also, no system restore, it was turned off! (not my computer, b
> the way
You could try to do a repair (upgrade) install to see if you can avoi
a complete reinstall

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/88...tall-vista.htm

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Re: Vista Missing (or Not Working) Shortcuts
Posted: 01-19-2009, 08:11 PM
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833

Try using the System File Checker to fix corrupted files in Vista.
And Vista does not have the repair install that XP has.
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"veegish" wrote:
>
> Brink;944253 Wrote:
> > > veegish;944250 Wrote:
> > > -I have read every post about this subject, and am no closer to a
> > > solution. I have lost all the shortcuts (well, there are a random five
> > > or six) from my start menu. I am running Vista 32 bit Home Premium. I
> > > assume some program stole them when I uninstalled it. I have found
> > > numerous ways to restore the defaults through this forum site, but they
> > > have not worked. The shortcuts then appear, but they don't do anything
> > > when I click on them. This problem extends to things such as the
> > > calculator in the accessories folder and all my personally installed
> > > program folders are gone from the start menu as well. Even when I put a
> > > new folder and shortcut in the proper place, it still won't do anything
> > > when I click them, and all the restored shortcuts have a generic icon
> > > that looks like a piece of paper. I don't have the option to sys
> > > restore, and so I am wondering what you would suggest I do next. Would a
> > > reinstall of Vista do anything? I have not ever done a Vista reinstall,
> > > can you install "over the top" like in XP? I can manually reinstall or
> > > rebuild the shortcuts for the non-stock programs, as there are not many
> > > installed, but to go through the whole of the ones that came with Vista
> > > is daunting, and doesn't seem to be working. Oh, I tried the download of
> > > the single and all users shortcuts through a post on here, which is how
> > > I got the non linking generic icon shortcuts to show up, but not work.-
> > >
> > > -Thanks in advance for any help I get!-
> > >
> > > -Zak-> >
> >
> > Hello Zak,
> >
> > Before doing a reinstall of Vista, see if when you create a new
> > administrator acount, if all of the Start Menu shortcuts will work for
> > you in that new account instead. If so, then all you will need to do
> > is to manually create new shortcuts for your programs from their .exe
> > files.
> >
> > If not, then you might also try a System Restore using a restore
> > point dated before this problem to see if it may be able to fix it for
> > you.
> >
> > http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/76...store-how.html
> >
> > Hope this helps,
> > Shawn
>
> Adding an admin account did not help, the start menu appeared the same.
> Also, no system restore, it was turned off! (not my computer, by the
> way)
>
>
> --
> veegish
>
 
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