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Search from Start Menu Stops Returning Items

I've always hated how the start menu in Windows gets so bloated with icons. Since migrating to Windows 7, I've really gotten into using the start menu search box to quickly find the app I want to run by simply typing a few of the characters of the name of the app. It is much easier than trying to set up paths and do everything from the command line. I recently found that the start menu search functionality seemed to have stopped working properly for me. Every time I would try to search for something like "cmd" for the Windows Command Prompt, I was greeting with only a couple of entries in the list with generic icons like the screen shot below: After some searching, I was able to find a Microsoft answers entry that referred to my problem exactly. It seems that the root of the problem is the GroupBy value in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderTypes\{EF87B4CB-F2CE-4785-8658-4CA6C63E38C6}\TopViews\{00000000-0000-0000-0000-0