Duplicated start menu items - by Alan Isherwood

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  Won't Fix<br /><br />
		Due to several factors the product team decided to focus its efforts on other items.<br /><br />
		A more detailed explanation for the resolution of this particular item may have been provided in the comments section.

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ID 771045 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Suggestion Repros 0
Opened 11/14/2012 4:14:47 AM
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So, I've long had this annoying issue which has driven me mad.  I mentioned it to a Microsoft SQL PFE and he suggested positing about it here - so, well, here I am.

Ever since the changes to the start menu in Windows Vista/2008, I've always used the 'start search' box at the bottom of the start menu to find the program I want to launch -- it's so much faster than digging through menus.

This works fine for the most part, but it can be a bit of a problem when it comes to SQL Server as there are often multiple matching results.

For example: let's say you're on your own desktop and have both the SQL Server 2005, and SQL Server 2008 client tools installed.  Now, go to your start menu and type "management studio".

Since you've got two versions installed, you get two results, which is fine, but there's no way to tell which is which without mousing over the icon to figure out what folder it's in (\100\ or \90\, for example for, 2008 and 2005 respectively).

See my attached example screenshot.

This isn't just a problem for SSMS, but any of the SQL Server tools which exist in both versions (configuration manager, reporting services etc.)

The important information, the version number, is only communicated by the folder structure the shortcuts are in, but this isn't viewable when you're searching for a result.

It becomes even worse if you've got more than two versions of SQL installed...
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Posted by Microsoft on 5/16/2013 at 2:24 PM
Hi Alan, thanks for taking the time to suggest this feature. We will take this under consideration for a future release.

[SQL Server Team]