Upgrading to Windows 7 – the All Programs fix

For any move to a newer Windows operating system, you’re are going to want to do a clean installation and then migrate your files and apps.  That’s the recommendation.

However, some may be inclined to just do an in-place upgrade.  It happens.

I did an in-place upgrade yesterday from Windows Vista to Windows 7 RC and all of the items in START-All Programs disappeared!

Apparently, there’s a bug or limitation to how many Program items can be displayed in the Windows 7 RC All Programs spot.  If you have over 80 items prior to the upgrade none of them will show up afterwards.

The fix is to consolidate or delete Program items from the list until it is under 80 items.  But, how do you get to the Program items to do this?

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Right-click on All Programs.
  3. Choose Open All Users.
  4. Open the Programs folder.
  5. Move listed items into other folders, or delete items in the list until the number of items is under 80.

Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs – Network World


In the second month of a campaign against fake security software, Microsoft has booted the rogue application "Antivirus 2009" from almost 400,000 PCs, the company recently claimed.

December's version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), a free utility that Microsoft pushes to Windows users as part of Patch Tuesday, targeted one of the most popular phony security app, Antivirus 2009. According to Microsoft, the MSRT erased the fake from over 394,000 PCs in the first nine days after it released this month's edition on Dec. 9.

Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs – Network World