open MP then press Control F then click on Param Gen on the left.
Close everything and then re-open and you should be fine.
Also when opening MP "before" connecting go to config/tuning and make sure the drop down that says "Layout" is set to advance.
:) that solve the menu thing: After setting *Layout* to *advanced* the complete menu appears again.
@ Craig thank you for the clarification
btw: clicking on the Parameter Gen Tab after *ctrl+F* freezes MP.