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Make sure the programs which are not used (any more) are removed from this folder.
By default, some programs place a shortcut in this folder to a small executable which prepares a quick start of the program or start other programs.
Disable the option Highlight newly installed programs if it the yellow highlighted background of the newly installed programs in the folder All Programs of the Start menu is not desired.
In Windows 7 the Taskbar has been improved resulting in a better user experience.
These startups occupy rare system resources, remove them (by drag-and-drop) when there is no added value!
The shortcuts in the folder All Programs are stored on two different locations: one folder with shortcuts to programs for all users (C:\Program Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu) and one folder with shortcuts to programs for each individual user (C:\Users\loginname\App Data\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu).
After disabling this option, the order can be changed by dragging and dropping the shortcuts.
In case the Start menu is to small to show all programs, the size of the shortcut icons can be adjusted in size by disabling the option Use large icons.The programs are divided in two sections: the quickly available programs pinned to the start menu (the upper section) and the recently opened programs (below the horizontal line).By default this menu is filled with less important programs, while most of the time the newly installed and important programs are hidden behind the sub menu All Programs.Open the Properties of this shortcut (right click the shortcut) and change the command for the variable Target.