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Create a Start Menu Toolbar on the Taskbar in Windows 8


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#1 Union_Thug

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 10:55 AM

1. Open Windows Explorer, make sure the show hidden files box is checked under the "view" tab.

2. Navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu folder, right click the Start Menu folder. From the context menu select "Create shortcut" Click Yes at the prompt for the shortcut to be sent to the Desktop.

3. Rename "Start Menu Shortcut" on the desktop to "Start Menu" Cut and paste the renamed shortcut to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Click yes to the "Administrator" prompt.

4. Right Click the taskbar select Toolbars > New Toobar and browse to the location you pasted the Start Menu shortcut to and select that folder.

5. You now have a "Windows 7" Start Menu Toolbar on your Taskbar. (see attached)

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As you install more programs your Start Menu Toolbar will need to updated, to do this just select Toolbars and un-check the Start Menu toolbar then navigate to your current Start Menu Shortcut, delete it and repeat steps 2, 3 & 4 to create a new, updated Start Menu Toolbar.




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Posted 21 September 2011 - 11:00 AM

Nice!

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 11:32 AM

TY Grinler, but...We have a problem, Houston. look at the png attached to my OP notice that next to "Control Panel" there's no Icon...clicking control panel from the new start menu doesn't open....anything.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 11:44 AM

That's because it doesnt actually point to anything. If you look at that shortcut's properties you will see it does not contain a filename. You can point it at C:\Windows\System32\control.exe and it will work then, but it may affect the Control Panel tile in Metro.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 12:06 PM

I see, TY.

I created a Control panel desktop shortcut rt click on control.exe in C:\Windows\System32 works fine. Control Panel from Metro tile works fine.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 04:00 AM

I see, TY.

I created a Control panel desktop shortcut rt click on control.exe in C:\Windows\System32 works fine. Control Panel from Metro tile works fine.


...Renamed control.exe shortcut to "Control Panel Icons View" -- cut & pasted renamed shortcut to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu --Good to go!
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