Windows 7 Start Menu Worthless - How to make it useful?

Once upon a time you could organize the start menu with folders of shortcuts for easy access to your most frequently used programs.  This is no longer allowed.  Now you must either pin an individual shortcut to the start menu (rather than a folder of related shortcuts), or access the lengthy "all programs" list.  This is a little like giving you a choice of buying gasoline by the tanker or by the thimbleful.

If you try pinning a folder of related shortcuts to the start menu it can only be accessed as a folder, not a menu.  Is there any way to restore the old functionality of the Start Menu?
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The tool Grzegorz linked to can be uninstalled, yes. You can also temporarily get rid of it without uninstalling.

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One of these two tips may help:
  • You may organize Start Menu by adding your own folders:

    In Windows Explorer open this location: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ (this location is specified to the single user. If you want to have a global effect visible to all users you should go here: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs )

    You can create there folders, and then simply drag and drop shortcuts on Start Menu.

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  • You may try to restore Classic Start Menu

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Last updated March 18, 2020 Views 91,310 Applies to: