Windows 7 Start Menu Shortcuts Location??

Arrrhhh! Why did Microsoft do with the Windows 7 start menu stored/saved shortcuts location?

What ever happened to just dumping it in the C:\Users\Public\Start Menu?? – I’m sure some boffin will say there was a good reason behind this? You can find the locations here:

User Start Menu Items: (I’ve listed the combination of getting to this)

  • c:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  • %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  • %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Share Start Menu Items:

  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  • %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Local, Roaming & LocalLow Folders

Local: Local folder contains many subfolders . It mainly contains folders related to installed programs. Also there is a folder of Microsoft where you can find history of Windows activities. There is a temp folder which stores all the temporary files. IE temporary files are stored under temporary internet files under Windows folder.

Roaming: Windows computer makes a roaming profile which is stored on a network server. All the data available to roaming profile can be accessed via roaming folder. Type %appdata% in the start menu search box to access the roaming folder. You can find many programs folders inside Roaming. Go to Microsoft –> Windows and you can access many folders such as Libraries, network shortcuts, printer shortcuts, recent items, send to, start menu, templates, themes, etc.

LocalLow It is mainly for IE, Java and Adobe protected mode data.


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