Adobe apps not showing shortcuts in Start Menu


Dru2

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Windows 11 Pro RTM 21H2 (OS Build 22000.376) - clean install.

Currently have Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, Bridge and the Creative Cloud app installed on my PC, yet none of the shortcuts for those programs are shown in the Start Menu. All the items listed should be there.

Oddly, since I have both PS & LR pinned to the taskbar I can access the programs and they appear to be working as I just used them Sunday. However, if I want to use an app not pinned to the taskbar, I have to "search" for the item as they don't appear in the Start Menu.

All the items listed should most definitely be shown on the Start Menu so something weird is happening here.

Anyone else seeing this?
 
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why not use the 'Pin To Taskbar' option when you search and find the program?
 

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Just documenting that I also discovered there were other app icons missing too ex: all Office 365 apps as well as some other apps. Seems something weird happened to Windows where it caused the Start Menu to lose icons. The programs were still installed, they just didn't have an icon in the Start Menu.
 

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The programs were still installed, they just didn't have an icon in the Start Menu.
You can bring them back by creating shortcuts here:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.
 

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You can bring them back by creating shortcuts here:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.
Yeah, I know about that location as I've dropped icons there before. That said, and thinking about it now, I wonder if dropping a custom created icon there hosed the system (specific to Windows 11)?

Anyway, after trying a few things in this and this, and even doing a repair install, nothing worked so I did a clean install. All good now.
 

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