I have a strange problem on a customers pc. It had a virus. I cleaned it up and tried to boot into windows. I got a corrupt software hive. I used registry restore wizard from UBCD for windows. This worked and got the computer to boot up. Now when I go to start - all programs - the program folders are there, but the actual program is not. For example, the itunes folder is present, but when you hover over the arrow, the program is not there. It just says empty. The actual program is installed and can run if you go to program files and run it. How do you get the programs to show back up in the start menu? I cannot remember all the things I have tried already to do this, but here are some I've tried:
Running a regsvr32 command for shell32.dll
Made sure registry keys for user shell folders are present
Changed the view settings for the start menu
Used unhide.exe from bleepingcomputer
Grabbed the old Software hive from a backup, removed all software files from windows/system32/config, and replaced them with the old one
I am about to start a repair install, but if anyone has any ideas, I am willing to try them.
Yea, I just found that out yesterday afternoon that the stupid thing actually delets the shortcuts for the start menu. I think the only solution is to manually make shortcuts, or reinstall the program to get back the shortcut tree. What a pain
Like I said above, you will have to make your own shortcuts and put them into the start menu folder. Go to your program files folder and find the .exe files you need, make a short cut, put that in the start menu folder under the user you are trying to recover them for. There is no automated way to get them back. If this doesn't work for some reason, you have a different problem then what is mentioned above.
Google for Unhide.exe and don't delete temp files before running it.
After trying EVERYTHING under the sun, I finally noticed some BLUE colored folders when exploring the start menu. This means the folder is compressed. Right click on any blue folders, click on properties, click on advanced, and DISABLE compression. Click OK then click APPLY. PROBLEM SOLVED!