Has your Windows Disk Defragmenter, Microsoft Paint, or other Windows installed program gone missing from your computer? Get them back using these methods:
How to Find and Restore a Missing Windows Program
Step 1. Press the “Start” Button or “Windows” key on your keyboard. The “Start Menu” will appear.
Step 2. Just above the “Start” Button will be a search box labeled “search programs and files.” Place your cursor in this Search field and enter in all or part of the name of the program which has gone “missing” (i.e. if Window’s Disk Defragmenter has disappeared, enter “defrag” or “Disk Defragmenter” for Microsoft Paint enter “paint”) The “Search Results” window will appear.
Step 3. If the Search Results window shows “No items match your search” skip to Step 7.
If the Search Results window displays the program/icon that went missing, right click on the displayed program shortcut, and select “Copy” from the right click context menu.
Step 4. Navigate to the location where you wish to place your a shortcut to your missing program (e.g. Desktop, Documents Folder, or somewhere within the “Start” menu.)
Step 5. Right click and select “Paste” from the context menu. A shortcut to your missing program will be pasted in your chosen location.
Step 6. Double click your new Program Shortcut to start your program.
If the above method does not work for you, follow these steps:
How To Create A Shortcut To Your (Still) Missing Program:
Step 1. Find the Installation Path to the missing program in question.
(i.e. Microsoft Paint can be found at: “%windir%\system32\mspaint.exe”
while Window’s Disk Defragmenter can be found at: “%windir%\system32\dfrgui.exe”)
Note: If you are unsure of your missing Windows program path, look for your program in the list located here:
then enter “%windir%\system32\XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX” replacing “XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX” with your programs “Code” found in the list at the end of this article.
Step 2. Navigate to the location where you wish to place a shortcut to your missing program.
Step 3. Right click and, in the context menu that appears, place your cursor over “New,” then click “Shortcut.” The “Create Shortcut” dialog box will appear.
Step 4. Within the “Type the location of the item:” form field, enter the Installation Path found in “Step 7,” sans quotes (e.g. For Window’s Disk Defragmenter enter: %windir%\system32\dfrgui.exe
Step 5. Click “Next”
Step 6. In the “Type a name for this shortcut:” field, enter the name you would like to give your Program shortcut.
Step 7. Click “Finish.” A shortcut to your program will appear in your chosen location.
Step 7. Double click your new Program Shortcut to start your program.
For those looking to find missing programs other than MS Paint and Windows Disk Defragmenter, check out this list for the program you need:
(Note: Due to the size and complexity of Windows 7, this is only a partial list of the most commonly used programs and tools; if you are unable to find the program you need within this list, consult Microsoft.com for further program information.)
Windows Program List/Codes
“Program Name” – “Code”
Common Standard Windows Programs:
Calculator – calc
Disk Cleanup – cleanmgr
Disk Defragmenter – dfrgui
Disk Management – diskmgmt.msc
Notepad – notepad
Internet Explorer – iexplore
Magnifier – magnify
Paint – mspaint
Shared Folders – fsmgmt.msc
Snipping Tool – snippingtool
Sound – mmsys.cpl
Sound Recorder – soundrecorder
Sticky Notes – stikynot
XPS Viewer – xpsrchvw
WordPad – write
Windows Firewall – firewall.cpl
Windows Explorer – explorer
Windows Disc Image Burning Tool – isoburn
Windows DVD Maker – dvdmaker
Common and Advanced Windows Programs and Tools:
Action Center – wscui.cpl
Backup and Restore – sdclt
Change Computer Performance Settings – systempropertiesperformance
Change Printer Settings – printui
Character Map – charmap
Color Management – colorcpl
Command Prompt – cmd
Computer Management – compmgmt.msc
Control Panel – control
Date and Time – timedate.cpl
Device Manager – devmgmt.msc
Display – dpiscaling
Ease of Access Center – utilman
Font Viewer – fontview
Internet Options – inetcpl.cpl
Local Users and Groups – lusrmgr.msc
Mouse – main.cpl
Network Connections – ncpa.cpl
New Scan Wizard – wiaacmgr
On-Screen Keyboard – osk
Performance Options – systempropertiesperformance
Power Options – powercfg.cpl
Print Management – printmanagement.msc
Programs and Features – appwiz.cpl
Registry Editor – regedit
Resource Monitor – resmon
Screen Resolution – desk.cpl
Services – services.msc
Set Program Access and Computer Defaults – computerdefaults
Stored User Names and Passwords – credwiz
System Configuration – msconfig
System Configuration Editor – sysedit
System Information – msinfo32
System Properties – sysdm.cpl
System Restore – rstrui
Task Manager – taskmgr
Task Scheduler – taskschd.msc
User Account Control Settings – useraccountcontrolsettings
Volume Mixer – sndvol
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security – wf.msc
Windows Media Player – wmplayer
Windows Update – wuapp