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All start menu items have disappeared

All of my start menu "All Programs" items have disappeared. I think they are still there as evidenced by the fact that i can search them, the list is just empty.

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Guest [Entry]

This is a known bug with Windows 7 after the number of programs in the menu exceeds 70. It has also been posted on Seven Forums if you would like more information.
Guest [Entry]

"If you have not already tried, it is worth checking the event log to see if there is anything interesting then logging off and back on. Sometimes Windows seems to loose my profile for no reason and loads the default profile, but a logoff / on cycle usually fixes things.

Other than that, is this a domain computer or just a single client? It could be caused by a group policy object or restriction.

If this does nothing, you may want to:

right click on the Start button
select Properties
then on the ""Start Menu"" tab, click ""Customise"".
Have a look to see anything obvious or click ""Use Default Settings""

Please note that what I wrote above was over 2 years ago and good at the time, however, since then, I have seen this happen a lot of times as a result of Malware.

Recently, there have been a few cases of malware which attempt to hide all icons on your start menu, my documents and desktop.

To undo this, there are two ways.

Firstly, the GUI way, go to Folder Options from any explorer window and enable hidden files, then, select everything in your desktop and right click, then disable hide.... repeat for my documents and also do this for your start menu (by right clicking on all programs and choose open / open all users).

Or, the more advanced, and in my opinion better way, open a command prompt window and go to your home path (usually open by default) then type the following, in this order (press return/enter after each line and wait for it to finish).

cd desktop
attrib -h /s
cd ..
cd documents
attrib -h /s
cd ..
cd ""start Menu""
attrib -h /s
cd ..
cd ..
cd ""all users""
cd ""start menu""
attrib -h /s
cd ..
cd desktop
attrib -h /s
cd ..
cd documents
attrib -h /s
cd ..
cd ..
cd default user
cd ""start menu""
attrib -h /s
cd ..
cd desktop
attrib -h /s
cd documents
attrib -h /s
exit

And you should be done - this however may make a few items such as thumbs.db visible - you can delete these and they will be automatically recreated (safely) as hidden, or, you just manually hide this by adding attrib thumbs.db +h /s after each attrib command that you run above."