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Finding Missing Windows Programs

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

~J. Conboy