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Just ran into this on another site. It was posted by a Microsoft rep.

Do you miss the old Start Menu on Windows Server 2012 when remotely administering your servers? Try these quick steps to add a "Programs" toolbar to your Taskbar that operates in a similar fashion to the old Start Menu - without adding ANY 3rd party software to your server.

PS - This works on Windows 8 as well.

1. Display "Hidden items" on your C: Drive

Open File Explorer and browse to your C: Drive. On the View tab, check the "Hidden items" checkbox.

2. Add a New Toolbar on your Taskbar.

Right-click on a blank area of your Taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbars.

3. Browse to the Start Menu\Programs folder.

In the New Toolbar dialog box, browse to the "C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs" folder.

4. Click the "Select Folder" button.

Click the "Select Folder" button to add the new Toolbar to your Taskbar.

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Or just install Classic Shell
Which is a 3rd party app.
And get a list of recent apps, a RUN command, and a Printers /Control Panel link.

forbin4040 said:   Or just install Classic Shell
Which is a 3rd party app.

Sure, if you want to install something else. Especially for servers, I prefer to install as little as possible.

True minid true, but i just happen to love claasic shell. Hehe



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