Duplicate Start Menu Entries


  1. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Duplicate Start Menu Entries


    After performing a "reset PC" last night and installing (some) of my programs, I noticed the start menu has duplicate entries for some of them.

    Duplicate Start Menu Entries-2017-03-30.jpg

    In addition to Evernote, the other programs with double entries are Malwarebytes and ShareX. Both entries (for each program), point to the same .exe file. What is very curious is that neither entry launches the program. They are just useless entries in the start menu.

    Any idea how to fix this?
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  2. Posts : 35,558
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    The locations of start menu shortcuts is similar to what it always has been.

    Folder paths are given here:
    All apps in Start menu - Add or Remove Items in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
    If you explore the relevant folders, you may be able to resolve this as you can delete (or add) shortcuts in the relevant folder.

    Another approach might be to use install and use the Classic Shell start menu, and manipulate shortcuts using that in a familiar (to Win 7 users) drag 'n drop manner and right click /delete, open file location....
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  3. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    The locations of start menu shortcuts is similar to what it always has been.

    Folder paths are given here:
    All apps in Start menu - Add or Remove Items in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
    If you explore the relevant folders, you may be able to resolve this as you can delete (or add) shortcuts in the relevant folder.

    Another approach might be to use install and use the Classic Shell start menu, and manipulate shortcuts using that in a familiar (to Win 7 users) drag 'n drop manner and right click /delete, open file location....
    Thank you, but those programs do not appear in the start menu folder, so there are no duplicates for me to remove from there. (C:\Users\<__ME__>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs)
    Duplicate Start Menu Entries-explorer_2017-03-30_07-36-38.png
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  4. Posts : 35,558
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Have you checked here?
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

    (Option 3 in the tutorial)

    And what happens if you rt click a shortcut, click More, click Open File Location?
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  5. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    dalchina said:
    Have you checked here?
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

    (Option 3 in the tutorial)

    And what happens if you rt click a shortcut, click More, click Open File Location?
    I did not. I was late for work and only had time for the first option.

    I did notice that when I right click a shortcut, I get nothing.
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  6. Posts : 35,558
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Hi, First try this:
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/window...troubleshooter

    Then is no luck, this will eliminate those duplicates, but it will also eliminate any shortcuts you have added to the start menu.
    Reset Start Layout in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Customization Tutorials

    What you could do is take a backup copy of the two folders (User and All Users) and carefully copy the content back again afterwards.

    Or if you've only a few programs installed, reinstall them.
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