Missing “all programs” on Windows 7?

Boy, oh boy. I hope you got to this page before wasting untold time looking for a resolution to the issue if you used USMT 4 to do a hardlink migration of a Windows XP profile to Windows 7…

Seems that there are many people who tout band-aid fixes including copying shortcuts & worse… well luck you has found the site that will explain the root cause of the issue AND give you THE solution!

Why is it happening? Simple… the default location of the “all users” profile data changed in the system registry – the data did not just move its location from “Documents and Settings” in Windows 2000/XP to “Users” in Vista/7.

Here is a shot if the “wrong” settings after you do a hardlink migration:

Registry Before

Here are the setting you need to change them to (which are also the default):

Registry Post import

Simple, or would you want simpler? Here is the .reg file for you to import/merge. Copy the following in blue into notepad and save with a .reg extension (don’t forget to change the file type) and then import ir or double-click on the file from explorer:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
“Common Desktop”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,55,00,42,00,4c,00,49,00,43,00,25,00,5c,00,\
44,00,65,00,73,00,6b,00,74,00,6f,00,70,00,00,00
“Common Documents”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,55,00,42,00,4c,00,49,00,43,00,25,00,5c,\
00,44,00,6f,00,63,00,75,00,6d,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,73,00,00,00
“CommonPictures”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,55,00,42,00,4c,00,49,00,43,00,25,00,5c,00,\
50,00,69,00,63,00,74,00,75,00,72,00,65,00,73,00,00,00
“CommonMusic”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,55,00,42,00,4c,00,49,00,43,00,25,00,5c,00,4d,\
00,75,00,73,00,69,00,63,00,00,00
“CommonVideo”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,55,00,42,00,4c,00,49,00,43,00,25,00,5c,00,56,\
00,69,00,64,00,65,00,6f,00,73,00,00,00
“{3D644C9B-1FB8-4f30-9B45-F670235F79C0}”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,55,00,42,00,4c,00,\
49,00,43,00,25,00,5c,00,44,00,6f,00,77,00,6e,00,6c,00,6f,00,61,00,64,00,73,\
00,00,00
“Common Start Menu”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,44,\
00,61,00,74,00,61,00,25,00,5c,00,4d,00,69,00,63,00,72,00,6f,00,73,00,6f,00,\
66,00,74,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,74,\
00,61,00,72,00,74,00,20,00,4d,00,65,00,6e,00,75,00,00,00
“Common Programs”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,44,00,\
61,00,74,00,61,00,25,00,5c,00,4d,00,69,00,63,00,72,00,6f,00,73,00,6f,00,66,\
00,74,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,74,00,\
61,00,72,00,74,00,20,00,4d,00,65,00,6e,00,75,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,\
00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,73,00,00,00
“Common Startup”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,44,00,\
61,00,74,00,61,00,25,00,5c,00,4d,00,69,00,63,00,72,00,6f,00,73,00,6f,00,66,\
00,74,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,74,00,\
61,00,72,00,74,00,20,00,4d,00,65,00,6e,00,75,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,\
00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,74,00,61,00,72,00,74,00,75,00,70,00,\
00,00
“Common AppData”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,44,00,\
61,00,74,00,61,00,25,00,00,00
“Common Templates”=hex(2):25,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,44,\
00,61,00,74,00,61,00,25,00,5c,00,4d,00,69,00,63,00,72,00,6f,00,73,00,6f,00,\
66,00,74,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,5c,00,54,00,65,\
00,6d,00,70,00,6c,00,61,00,74,00,65,00,73,00,00,00

Enjoy & don’t forget to pay it forward (would not mind some mention for my sweating out the answer)! Open-mouthed smile

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