Solved Use ViVe Tool GUI To Remove 'Recommended' Section On Start Menu


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Can it be loaded from a zip file? (Is there a portable version?) I hate installing utilities that might not be good long-term.
I simply downloaded the msixbundle from the StoreGenerator..., install/uninstall it at will! Doesn't Library anything.

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Very recently I found the new PowerToys's run feature(I knew the tool before but never used it - In the good old days I was using old powertoys on XP. I wish I could go back).

One feature which might be relevant to current discussion is Alt+Space aka PowerToys Run utility for Windows

Install it as shown below,
Powershell:
winget install -h --id "Microsoft.PowerToys"  --accept-source-agreements   --accept-package-agreements

I do agree, start menu looks good to me but the functionality is simply broken. It is hard to find some of the programs these day :(

So I am starting to learn to use Alt+Space (which is actually not that bad).
 

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I prefix all the names with an Alt character so they all end up in the & category.
Hi,
I'm sure that makes sense to you but not I
You have a real example sort of like a caveman could follow :cool:
 

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Hi,
I'm sure that makes sense to you but not I
You have a real example sort of like a caveman could follow :cool:
For example, if you hold Alt and type 255 at the same time, you get a blank space (it is not the same as using the spacebar).
It is an actual -invisible- character from the old ISO character set, they are quite a few others.

 

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For example, if you hold Alt and type 255 at the same time, you get a blank space (it is not the same as using the spacebar).
It is an actual -invisible- character from the old ISO character set, they are quite a few others.

Hi,
So you'd be renaming the .exe files ?
 

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Hi,
So you'd be renaming the .exe files ?
No never the executables but their menu shortcuts.
In Edwin's case, he uses Alt and the number 4 together. (try it in notepad) to get the diamond symbol.

To get the spades symbol it's Alt and the number 6
 
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You can't modify it while it's open, you need to go here C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
or here %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
and then modify the shortcut's name there. (right click /rename)
 

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You can't modify it while it's open, you need to go here C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
or here %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
and then modify the shortcut's name there. (right click /rename)
Hi,
Add use alt+255 to all 31 of them ?
Nice chore for sure if so lol
 

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Hi,
Add use alt+255 to all 31 of them ?
Nice chore for sure if so lol
alt+255 is a space.
alt+4 is a diamond, alt+6 is spades.
I am sorry but what would be the purpose of renaming all of them?
You want to rename some specific ones, let's say all of Office programs.
You rename them with the diamond, ♦Access, ♦Powerpoint, ♦Outlook...
And they will be grouped together in the menu, regardless of their alphabetical order.
 

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The only PSM option I need! The rest is moot!

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The only PSM option I need! The rest is moot!
It's a very intelligent option indeed.
Since I use W11's interface, a clean Start menu, without the 'Recommended' nonsense, reclaims wasted space
and is also a plus for me.
 

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@Edwin

So does the "Back" button do anything, or is the... first page of the "normal" Start Menu completely gone?


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    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
@Edwin

So does the "Back" button do anything, or is the... first page of the Start Menu completely gone?
The Back button/Front page works, mine's just set to go to All Apps first, like in W10...

... the Front page is clean... (I don't do the pinning thing!)

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS ROG Strix
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS VivoBook
The Back button/Front page works, mine's just set to go to All Apps first, like in W10...

... the Front page is clean...



 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3880 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
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