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.

Windows 7 upgrades – good to know…





Windows 7 supports upgrading from Windows Vista SP1. Windows XP users who will be eligible for upgrade pricing to Windows 7 will however have to do a clean installation which involves backing up your personal data and reinstalling applications and devices drivers on Windows 7 or use the free Windows Easy Transfer utility to transfer files from a computer running either Vista or XP to a computer running Windows 7.

Windows 7 Summit coming in June 2009

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In a full day technical seminar, presented by computer industry experts and Microsoft MVP’s, you will go deep into what Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is all about…

You will

  • Get a ride through all new features of Windows 7
  • Get a Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Drilldown
  • Learn about new deployments Tools and Features in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Learn about all the new Security features in Windows 7

For more information, detailed agenda and registration, go to http://www.windows7summit.com

Dates and location: New York – June 23, 2009. Atlanta – June 24, 2009.

Price: 299 USD or SA Voucher

TechNet Plus Blog : Win 7 Beta can be downloaded without the product keys


For customers having difficulties accessing Windows 7 Beta product keys be aware that the Windows 7 Beta has a built in 30 day grace period for installations before product keys are required.  Customers with this issue should continue to download and install Windows 7 Beta without the product key and then check back later when this issue is resolved.

TechNet Plus Blog : Win 7 Beta can be downloaded without the product keys