Change default location of the Start Menu folder.

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With this setting, you can change the default location/path of the "Start Menu" folder. Upon changing the path, all subsequent data will be saved at the new location by default.
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Description:
All the entries displayed in the start menu make reference to the icons above the menu. Similarly, entry in the programs refers to their respective option in the programs submenu of the start menu. This setting enables you to change the default location/path of the "start menu" folder. For this, go to start > run, enter "regedit" and search the keys listed below. You can create an expandable string value "start menu" in "user shell folders" key, if this value does not exist. Now, double-click the value name "start menu" under "shell folders" and "user shell folders" keys respectively, to define a new path in their value data fields for your "start menu" folder. Refresh view of your computer for the changes to take effect. When editing the registry it is highly recommended to run a quick scan for optimization, you can test your system now for free.




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First, click the 'Start' button and select 'Run'. In the resulting dialog box, type "regedit".
Second, go to <b>[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\]</b>, right-click on the Expandable String value "Start Menu" and click on "Modify".
Finally set a user defined value data and click 'OK'.
Fourth, go to <b>[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\]</b>, right-click on the String value "Start Menu" and click on "Modify".
Again set a user defined value data to set a new location of Start menu folder and click 'OK'.


Registry Entries

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  • Path: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\]
  • Location: Current User
  • Value Name: Start Menu
  • Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)
  • Action Type: Modified
  • Path: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\]
  • Location: Current User
  • Value Name: Start Menu
  • Data Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ (Expandable String Value)
  • Action Type: Modified


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