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    Although I've been using Windows for some years, I've never really tidied my startup menu programs up, mainly because I'm not sure of the best way. I want to keep all programs of the same type together where possible. Lik Audio, Graphics, Media etc. Do I do it as they are installed, or after? I want to do the same with the shortcuts on the desktop. Whats the best way?

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    Re: Organized

    Which version of Windows are we talking about ?? That's not critical, but it would be helpful to know.

    You have to do your organizing on the start menu after you install the program. A newly installed program is always placed at the end of the list of programs on the start menu. You then have to drag and drop it in the location on the start menu that suits you (groups, alphabetical, whatever) and it will stay where you drop it. As far as the desktop shortcuts and start menu shortcuts, the answer there is what works best for you is what's best. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. If you use the Quicklaunch toolbar (and I highly recommend it), that adds another dimension to the question.
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    Re: Organized

    I'm using ME at the moment.

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    Doc's pointed you in the right direction. Remember that the Start Menu is a "folder" like any other, so you can add, or change the sub-folders to your liking, either from right-clicking the Start Button or by opening Windows Explorer yourself and "drilling down" to the Start Menu. There's one thing that we users have to keep in mind however. Many (or most) software installation routines keep track of where on the menu structure they've put THEIR software. You have to watch this if you install upgrades or enhancements, or at some point in the future if you decide to un-install that software. With that all in mind, I've been customizing my Start Menu structure for years without problems. (BTW, it's a little more complex in XP or W2K but very easy to deal with)

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    Re: Organized

    Thanks to you both. I may be upgrading to XP soon, but I keep hearing bad reports about security leaks and forever having to download updates.

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    There are bad reports about every operating system. If you compare XP and ME, XP is far more stable and more secure than ME. As for forever downloading updates, the same can be said for ME. I would not want to go back to the Windows 9.x systems.

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    I would agree with Tony on the OS issue. XP is far and away the better operating system when compared to the 9x OSs. Just as Windows 95 was far better than the Windows 3.1 OS. I'd reecommend the upgrade and then installing a good third-party firewall and Anti Virus program before going on the internet and getting the AV and Windows updates you need. Better still, order the Security, Update CD from MS and save the download time and exposure on the internet with an unpatched system.
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    Re: Organized

    Here is how I have mine setup...using ME, of course. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Organized

    I also strongly concur with Tony & Doc. XP is a much better OS than ME. Before you embark on an upgrade do your homework - make sure your hardware is XP compatible, get XP drivers for your hardware, make sure you back up your data before starting the process. I'd also recommend a clean install not an in place upgrade. The upgrade would probably work but who knows what would be left behind from ME.

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    Re: Organized

    Futher to joeperez's post - do not use the back-up program within ME to back up your data. The XP back-up program is not compatible with it I believe (after all they did only come from the same manufacturer!) <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Backups from an MS backup are only compatible with the OS upon which they were created. This has created big headaches for many users through the years. It is one big reason to invest in good thrid party backup software.

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