Monday, December 6, 2010
Windows can't create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the Desktop instead?
Here is a Techbyte ... and a solution:
It used to be easy creating a folder in the "All Programs" menu in Windows XP. All you had to do is go to the "c:\Document and Settings\All Users" profile, and there you could add shorcuts for all users in the Desktop, Programs, and Startup. Ever since Vista and Windows 7 Microsoft tighten the security and now it is not as easy, or at least not as straight forward. I can see why they want to tighten it up, but it is still frustrating to jump though hoops.
You really should not have to add "folders" to the "All Programs" during normal software installs it asks you if you want it for all users or just the current user. There are applications thought that fail, or there are stand alone programs that are grouped in a folder and you need or want to add the list to the "All Programs" area.
Recently I wanted to add the group of Putty applications to my "All Programs" menu and I wanted for all users on my Laptop. Now I just did this quick and dirty, but it works just fine. Just remember to change the rights back.
Here are the locations of the Desktop and Start Menu for "All Users"
All users desktop:
All users start menu:
1. I wanted to add a folder called "Putty" to the "All Programs" for "All Users"
2. Open C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\
3. Open the "Programs" folder and create the folder, it will ask for "confirmation". I created a folder called Putty. It will let you create it that way.
4. Right click on the folder and select Properties.
5. Select the "Security" Tab.
6. Look for your name (account), then select "Edit".
7. Give yourself "full controll" then click on "Apply", then "OK" to close.
8. Now open the folder, select the file(s) you want to put in there, but drag and drop with the right mouse button not the left. When you do this it will ask you if you want to move, copy, or create shortcut --- Select "Create Shortcut".
9. Now go back to steps 4 through 7 and remove the rights you just gave to your account. You should leave (it is greyed out), the special permissions at the bottom. That is normal.
10. Now you will see it in the "All Programs".
If you have a better way, plase leave me a note, and I will post it as a comment on the blog.