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[StartMenuMFUList] (Winbom)

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2


The [StartMenuMFUList] section contains entries for installing shortcut links in the Start menu.

In Windows XP, the Start menu contains a set of shortcuts to the Most Frequently Used (MFU) programs on the computer. Windows XP automatically manages this set of shortcuts over time as users use their computer.

Each of these items in the [StartMenuMFUList] section specifies the complete path and file name of a shortcut (.lnk) file on the destination computer.


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Value Description


Identifies the full path and file name of an .lnk file installed on the destination computer.

Link0 = "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\MSN Explorer.lnk"
Link1 = "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\WordPad.lnk"
Link2 = "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Entertainment\Windows Media Player.lnk"
Link3 = "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\MyNextLink.lnk"

You must enclose the value of linkpath in quotes if it is a long file name.

The value of linkpath must refer to an .lnk file in one of the following locations. You can use environment variables such as ALLUSERSPROFILE as part of the path.

  • The All Users Desktop folder.

    For example, "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop"

  • The All Users Programs folder or one of its subfolders.

    For example, "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs"

You can also use linkpath to refer to an .lnk file located in one of the following locations. However, unless you know the name of the user accounts to be configured on the computer, the user is not able to use these options.

  • A user-specific Desktop folder.

    For example, "C:\Documents and Settings\UserID\Desktop", where UserID is the name of a user account that the user uses.

  • A user-specific Programs folder or one of its subfolders.

    For example, "C:\Documents and Settings\UserID\Start Menu\Programs", where UserID is the name of a user account that the user uses.

The value of linkpath is not a path to an application (.exe). Instead, the location of the corresponding .exe file is specified in the shortcut itself.

Sysprep adds these links to the MFU programs list, located below the separator line on the Start menu. These entries have no effect on the All Programs option of the Start menu.

You can include up to four links in the [StartMenuMFUList] section. However, only the first three items appear in the MFU programs list on the Start menu, unless one of these three items duplicates or replaces a pre-populated Microsoft item. In that case, the fourth link is included in the MFU programs list.

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