I have been installing GeoServer locally many times for the past year on Windows XP machines. Now I am trying to install it on our new Windows 7 Machines. However the installation (of the stable version 2.5.2) seems to proceed differently, No longer do you get a menu on the start menu to launch it, in fact you have to hunt around to find GeoServer.
When I tried to launch it (from the startup batch file I found in the Bin directory) nothing happened, various re-installations of all the different versions I could download and I found that putting geoserver in the programs directory (as opposed to the default program files (x86) directory) resulted in a installation that worked, once... but now the batch file no longer works. I have varied the port between the default 8080 and various others to no avail, so it does not seem to be a port conflict. I am really confused as to why the menu is not there, the program seems suddenly very different.
Am I doing something wrong?