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  1.    23 Aug 2015 #1
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    Pin/Unpin Options Missing on Right-Click Menu


    Hi, I've upgraded from Windows 8.1 (x64) and I wanted to change my start menu tiles since I had a start menu as opposed to the start screen. Naturally, I tried right-clicking the tiles that were present and unpinning them from the start menu, but the option doesn't show up! If I try and right-click shortcuts, executable files, or menu items for programs the option to pin the item to the start menu doesn't show up.
    I can pin things to my taskbar easily, but I can't pin it to start at all!

    I'm currently running Windows 10 Build 10240 on a 64-bit Intel i7-4500U (Dual-Core) @ 2Ghz with 8GB RAM and Intel Integrated GPU.

    Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

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  2.    23 Aug 2015 #2
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    What I do to be able to Pin Anything to the new start menu is do this:
    1. Make a shortcut of the program you want in there
    2. Cut and Paste the shortcut in the 'Startmenu" folder
    ( That's like: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs with me )
    3. Click on the Startmenu, click on All apps and find YOUR freshly created shortcut in that list
    4. Rightclick on that shortcut and choose: Pin to Start

    And your done!
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  3.    23 Aug 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foreign Frisian View Post
    What I do to be able to Pin Anything to the new start menu is do this:
    1. Make a shortcut of the program you want in there
    2. Cut and Paste the shortcut in the 'Startmenu" folder
    ( That's like: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs with me )
    3. Click on the Startmenu, click on All apps and find YOUR freshly created shortcut in that list
    4. Rightclick on that shortcut and choose: Pin to Start

    And your done!
    Sorry, it doesn't seem to work for me. I noticed that some programs in the start menu for "All Programs" aren't in the folder you specified.
    After pasting a shortcut into the folder directly, I saw it didn't add that shortcut to the start menu under all programs, so I tried with a pre-existing shortcut and got no results.

    I appreciate the help, but even if this worked it still wouldn't fix my problem of removing icons from my start menu as well.
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  4.    24 Aug 2015 #4
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    That is very weird I must say.
    Can't help you with specific instructions other than doing a 'Factory reset'.
    Considering its an 'upgrade' to win10 this seems to be an silly bug.
    What I always recommend to people is a factory reset directly after upgrading to win10.
    And then freshly install all your programs.
    This way you have a lot bigger chance everything goes right.

    Anyone else have a more specific solution?
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  5.    24 Aug 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foreign Frisian View Post
    That is very weird I must say.
    Can't help you with specific instructions other than doing a 'Factory reset'.
    Considering its an 'upgrade' to win10 this seems to be an silly bug.
    That is really inconvenient as there are files on this computer that either have limited installs per computer (Paid for applications that consider a factory reset computer as a new computer due to missing cookies) and some of the files on this computer are ones made myself that are too large to backup (YouTube files mostly).
    I would like an alternate solution, I'm not opposed to making registry changes as I've done it before when I was trying to uninstall Respondus Lockdown Browser (For example, I had to restore the power options on the start screen back in 8.1 and other features as RLB is a browser used for online classes that are run by teachers that know nothing about computer security).

    One thing I can say is that I found out there were two different folders where my start menu programs were being held, and when I removed folders from it's directory programs were removing upon reboot. The only problem is that adding programs did not work, so I'm probably going to use the Tile Creator app on the Windows Store (Your request appears to be from an automated process) to add apps.

    Another thing to note is that I can't get rid of metro apps from my start menu such as Photos and Mail which were not present before the installation of Windows 10 nor can I adjust their sizes.

    Thanks for giving your input on this and trying to solve the problem, I hope some alternative solutions are available soon!
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  6.    25 Aug 2015 #6
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    Tile Creator app seems like a good solution for adding more tiles in your case.
    Getting rid of the other apps, are these apps replaceble?
    I mean an app like: Mail. Can you uninstall it so its gone from the start menu?
    And then reďnstall it if you actually want to use that app?
    Just a suggestion that uninstalling it maybe removes the tile.
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  7.    25 Aug 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foreign Frisian View Post
    Tile Creator app seems like a good solution for adding more tiles in your case.
    Getting rid of the other apps, are these apps replaceble?
    I mean an app like: Mail. Can you uninstall it so its gone from the start menu?
    And then reďnstall it if you actually want to use that app?
    Just a suggestion that uninstalling it maybe removes the tile.
    For some reason, right clicking the apps on the start menu doesn't show an uninstall option and these apps don't show up in the control panel either.
    I wonder if I can just disable metro app tiles on the start menu altogether since it seems to be too buggy to use properly when transferring from 8.1.
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  8.    25 Aug 2015 #8
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    One more hint:
    In windows 10 you have both Control panel ánd the Settings app (Sytem => Apps) to uninstall things.
    The latter one is more complete because the apps are only in that list.

    Yes very annoying for you I imagine, but this specific problem is not usual with every upgrade from win8.
    Anyway I've did some searching and found an other forum about this issue:
    https://www.tenforums.com/general-discussion/12070-unable-unpin-tiles-start-menu.html
    It might have something to do with ur virusscanner or explore.exe

    Maybe check this out?

    Let me know!
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  9.    25 Aug 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foreign Frisian View Post
    Anyway I've did some searching and found an other forum about this issue:
    https://www.tenforums.com/general-discussion/12070-unable-unpin-tiles-start-menu.html
    It might have something to do with ur virusscanner or explore.exe
    Okay, well restarting explorer doesn't seem to affect anything on the Start Menu. In terms of Virus Scanner, I just use Windows Defender and periodically scan my computer with Malwarebytes (Free) as a supplement to it.
    Is there any possibility the reason the option doesn't show up due to a registry key? Is there a registry key I can modify to remove tiles altogether from my start menu?

    Thanks!
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  10.    03 Sep 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomAnimeGame View Post
    Okay, well restarting explorer doesn't seem to affect anything on the Start Menu. In terms of Virus Scanner, I just use Windows Defender and periodically scan my computer with Malwarebytes (Free) as a supplement to it.
    Is there any possibility the reason the option doesn't show up due to a registry key? Is there a registry key I can modify to remove tiles altogether from my start menu?

    Thanks!
    Did you ever get a resolution to this issue that didn't involve a factory reset? I noticed yesterday that when I right click on any installed application under Start/Apps and press the right mouse key the only option available to me is "Pin to Start". I also have noted that if you search for an app like CMD or PowerShell in the search dialog box if you right click on the found application the only option you have there is "Pin to Start". As Foreign Frisian suggested there are other means to perform a needed operation other than from the right mouse menu but for me, it comes down to a question of how stable is my Windows 10 system and are there other issues lurking under the hood. Right now my system seems to be working just fine other than this issue and I would really like avoid a reset. Let me know if you resolved this issue.
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