Customize the Windows 7 Start Menu

The basic Start Menu

The Start Menu in Microsoft Windows is the first place most users go when they interact with the operating system. But the way the Start Menu is configured is not set in stone. Windows 7 allows users to change which applications will be listed in the menu and how they will be presented. This customization process is relatively straightforward and simple and you don't even have to use regedit.

This image shows a typical Start Menu with application links down the left side and library and folder links down the right. At the bottom of the left side of links is the All Programs link.

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Anybody know the logic behind the change from "Folders First, Files Second" to "Files First, Folders Second" listing of directories. I don't mind using the latest, but this change just bugs the bejesus out of me! Forces me to Classic Shell.


I replaced the start menu on my Windows 7 notebook with a program called classic shell it works exactly like the XP, 2000 start menu