Shortcuts on Windows Vista start menu do not work

If you have items on your Windows Vista start menu that do nothing when you click them – and you know they should be working – such as Word or other Office programs, then this may be your answer.

For starters, if you have KDiff3 installed then the answer to your problem may be simple – the problem is with KDiff3’s context menu handler – see

If you do not have KDiff3, then you might want to look at point 12 on this page: Follow the instructions to use ShellExView until your shortcuts start working.

Big thanks to Rosso for taking the time last year to figure this out!