Google Chrome and pinning GMail to Start Menu after 1511

  1. AndreyT's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Google Chrome and pinning GMail to Start Menu after 1511

    I notice an unpleasant GUI-level change that appears after the upgrate to 1511. The issue seem to exist on all machines after 1511 upgrade.

    Firstly, Google Chrome shortcut pinned to Start Menu now appears on dark gray tile, instead of the regular "color accent" tile. Is this a bug or a feature?

    Secondly, an attempt to pin the Chrome-generated GMail shortcut to Start Menu immedaitely loses its dedicated icon and gets a regular Chrome icon instead. E.g. before the upgrade it was possible to pin the GMail link to the Start Menu and it would retain its GMail icon. After the upgrade it is no longer possible to keep the icon.

    This is ugly. Is there any known workaround for this behavior?
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  2. AndreyT's Avatar
    Posts : 394
    Windows 10 Pro
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    I'm not sure why it got moved to "Browsers and Email", since the issue in this case is with Windows, not with Chrome. Another example of (apparently the same) Start Menu pining issue is trying to pin the desktop Visual Studio 2015 shortcut to Start Menu. The shortcut pins successfully, but unfortunately loses its icon. The standard Visual Studio icon gets replaced with some default blank icon.

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    In other words, after 1511 update many "non-trivial" shortcuts lose their icons when pinned to Start Menu.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Same tile colour issue for me...

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    Hope there's a fix soon, it's certainly not good for my OCD
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  4. ARB
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    I have this problem too, which is even worse for someone like me...
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Home

    Go to the folder that has chrome.exe in it. It will be a subfolder of google in your program of program286 folder. Find the file visualelementsmanifest.xml and erase it. Then go to each of the wrong icons and change it to something other than the one you want, than change it back. It's a drawn out process, but as far as I can tell is the only way. What is still happening tho is that visualelementsmanifest.xml comes back, but only effects the icon for chrome.exe. Your others stay. I haven't figured out how to keep that from occurring. Something to do with chrome updates.
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