I now realize that the Start Menu folder is a "protected operating system file" and must be unhidden in Folder Options in the Control Panel. This is silly to me. Why would the Start Menu be considered a protected operating system file? And no admin access? What a joke! "
Well, it isn't, as you have found. The path you were given was incorrect. That was known as a "junction" folder.It is there for backward compatibility. Under normal dview defaults, it would not be visible. It is very unwise to gain permission rights to these folders. (Documents and Settings, for example, is another) But I see foxyshadis has given the correct location for the users Start menu.:: (C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs)
The common Start menu is under Programdata - Microsoft - Windows - Start Menu.
Both are accessible.
There is no requirement to change permissions.
On installation, I create new folders in the "Programdata" Start menu. I then go to the actual desktop andmove my start shortcuts into the folders, as required. I now keep a backup of both the above mentioned Start menus and copy them into any reinstallation
Here is an example of what I mean:
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