Remove Stubborn Leftover Start Menu Items

By | August 29, 2017
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Remove Stubborn Leftover Start Menu Items

This tip is for Windows 10 (All Versions)

We worked on a computer recently on which a number of games had been installed by a teenage grandson. After uninstalling the games, even using a really good uninstaller tool, the start menu items persisted – and there were dozens of them.

This happens more often than we thought. Maybe it’s happened to you. If you have uninstalled programs only to find they were still listed on your start menu, then this tip is for you.

If you have programs that you have uninstalled but which still remain on the Windows 10 Start menu, you can remove the items manually by removing them as described below:

Right-click on the Start button and click on “Run” (or Windows Key + R)

In the Run box type shell:common programs and press Enter.

This opens C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

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Look for the programs you want to remove from your Start menu in that folder, then right-click and delete them.

If you don’t see them in that folder…

Right-click on the Start button and click on “Run” (or Windows Key + R)

In the Run box type shell:programs and press Enter

This opens C:\Users\< your username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder.

Look for the programs you want to remove from your Start menu, and right-click and delete them.

Note: When you do this, you are ONLY removing the shortcuts (links) and NOT the program itself, so if you accidently click the wrong icon (link), don’t panic!

 

2 thoughts on “Remove Stubborn Leftover Start Menu Items

    1. infoave Post author

      Hi Wanda, thanks for letting us (and all the Windows 7 users) know!

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