Windows 10: What does Pin To Start actually do?

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  1.    02 Aug 2015 #1

    What does Pin To Start actually do?


    Fresh installation of Windows 10.

    When I right click an app in the Start Menu (All apps) and select Pin to Start, nothing happens. Nothing about the Start Menu changes. I have multiple Pins but I see no change in the Start Menu.

    Note that Pin to Taskbar does work.

    What is supposed to happen?

    Bruce.
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  2.    02 Aug 2015 #2

    it should add the item to the right hand side of the start menu

    this might fix it

    try going into Settings App, Personalization, then set start menu to full screen
    try pinning item again
    go back to the above setting and turn off the use full screen start

    this sometimes fixes odd things like this on the start menu
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  3.    02 Aug 2015 #3

    paulsalter said: View Post
    it should add the item to the right hand side of the start menu

    this might fix it

    try going into Settings App, Personalization, then set start menu to full screen
    try pinning item again
    go back to the above setting and turn off the use full screen start

    this sometimes fixes odd things like this on the start menu
    Ah, that helped me discover 2 things. I was assuming the right side was reserved for Tile apps only, so I was assuming I would see my regular app Pins on the left side (where I'd prefer them anyway). I also discovered that nothing changes on the Start Menu unless I reboot. Changing to fullscreen and back each require a reboot to see the change. Pinning now works (to the right side) but also requires a reboot to see). Extremely Inconvenient as my upgraded Windows 7 PC takes over 7 minutes to reboot. Are the required reboots normal for the Start Menu?
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  4.    02 Aug 2015 #4

    I've never had to reboot after pinning an item to start. Have pinned about 12 items.
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  5.    02 Aug 2015 #5

    Instead of restarting the PC another way to get this done is by going into the task manager and restarting Explorer.
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  6.    02 Aug 2015 #6

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    Instead of restarting the PC another way to get this done is by going into the task manager and restarting Explorer.
    That does indeed work for me. But I find it difficult to believe either killing explorer or rebooting is what MS intended for their new Start Menu.

    If having to kill Explorer or rebooting is not normal, then I'm hoping someone can help me fix whatever is wrong with my PC.

    Thanks.
    Bruce.
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  7.    02 Aug 2015 #7

    Fast question.. did you have this issue when you upgraded from your previous OS??
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  8.    02 Aug 2015 #8

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    Fast question.. did you have this issue when you upgraded from your previous OS??
    I had this issue on a clean install , but after 2-3 reboots , now i can pin without restart.
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  9.    02 Aug 2015 #9

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    Fast question.. did you have this issue when you upgraded from your previous OS??
    I upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium yesterday, but didn't get around to playing with customizing the Start Menu until today. I wasted a couple of hours trying to figure out what I should expect Pin and Unpin to do.

    If you mean did I have menu trouble with Windows 7, no. No trouble at all.

    Bruce.
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  10.    02 Aug 2015 #10

    Ok, I have finally seen it work but it's extremely intermittent. Usually Pinning a program from the left of the menu doesn't work. But every once in a while right clicking on an exe and selecting Pin and Unpin to Start does work. The Start Menu changes within a few second of the action. It works a few times and then quits again. But I haven't yet discovered a pattern or predictably recreate. It's beginning to smell of a bug.

    Bruce.
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