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Keep Your Start Menu to Yourself

The items in the Start menu come from two sources: one that is user-specific and one that is shared. The Windows XP upgrade puts all existing Start menu items into the shared area. If you delete any items from your account's Start menu, they are deleted from each user's Start menu.

To permit individualized Start menus, you must click on Start, select My Computer, and click the Folders toolbar button. Next, navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start menu. Right-click on that folder and select Copy.

Now right-click on each user's folder in C:\Documents and Settings and select Paste. You may be asked to confirm replacing items in the Start menu folder; answer Yes to all. Finally, delete C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start menu. Now each user has a personal copy of the Start menu and can freely delete unwanted items without affecting others.

Installing programs may add new items to the shared area. To move these to your personal Start menu, right-drag them to the desktop and choose Move here. Then right-drag them back to the Start button and again choose Move here.

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