This is beyond the pale. This really sucks. Even worse, as with some of the other problems, e.g., Media Player refusing to start or Task Bar icons disappearing, this bug was KNOWN before Windows 7 was released. I despair. This is duplicitous on the part of Microsoft.
I clicked on the START BUTTON and looked in the ‘All Programs’ menu. It wasn’t there. That was strange. It had been there. That is where I used to invoke it from.
I then did a ‘Search Programs’ (off the START BUTTON). Nothing! Just the standard, default Paint application. That wasn’t what I was looking for. THIS WAS BAD. This sucks.
Now a few weeks ago I had seen this ‘problem’ BUT at that time didn’t pay too much heed. My CPU Temp application had disappeared from the Start Menu (and the Task Bar).
Since I kind of know what I am doing, I knew where to find the application. Yes, of course, it was in my ‘Program Files’ folder. Went there, created a Task Bar icon, and Bob was my uncle again. And yes, after I invoked it, it is back in my Start Menu. Windows 7 sucks.
I then did a quick Google. Bingo. As with the other problems others had encountered it in spades well ahead of me. That is what really irks me. There are posting going back to March 2009 when Windows 7 was still in ‘Release Candidate’ mode. But, Microsoft didn’t think it had to fix this SERIOUS problem.
Possible Fixes or At least Workarounds
This problem only appears to happen when you add new programs. Well as it happens I had done so recently — the Auslogics applications. [And let us not forget the corrupted icon. Windows 7 sucks.]
So here are my recommended workarounds.
- Find the lost application in the ‘Program Files’ or ‘Program Files (x86)’ folder. Invoke from there.
- Right click on the Application .exe and tell it to PIN it to the START MENU.
- While you are at it, PIN to your Task Bar too. Now, with luck, you have two ways to start the program and maybe Windows 7 will only lose one of them. < Windows 7 sucks. >
- Right click on the START BUTTON. Select ‘properties’. Select the Start Menu tab. Hit the CUSTOMIZE link. Towards the bottom you will find a counter as to the number of programs that will be displayed on the Start Menu. Default is 10. Bump that up to 15 or 20. This might help.
Hope this helps. Windows 7 sucks. Did I already say that?
Good luck. We need it.