Windows 10: Pinned Start Menu Items Being Removed for Non-Administrative Users

  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       13 May 2016 #1

    Pinned Start Menu Items Being Removed for Non-Administrative Users

    Hello, I am hoping that someone might have a solution to this issue. I am currently running the following hardware/software:
    Dell T5810 Workstation
    Fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    With a specific Group Policy for Non-Administrators in place

    I have searched the forums for quite some time now, but I have not found anyone that is experiencing the exact same issue that I am. I am currently using a Group Policy that supports the following:
    "Remove pinned programs list from Start Menu" = DISABLED
    "Remove common program groups from Start Menu" = DISABLED
    "Remove frequent programs list from the Start Menu" = ENABLED
    "Remove Default Programs link from the Start Menu" = ENABLED
    "Remove pinned programs from the Taskbar" = DISABLED

    Basically, I can pin items correctly to the Start Menu under the user if I add them to the Administrators user group, but when I attempt to log them back in as a Non-Administrators user (I manually remove them from the Administrators user group), all of the icons show up at login temporarily, but then disappear while I am physically looking at them. This ONLY occurs under Non-Administrative users, which I have to have in place due to security reasons.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. :) If absolutely necessary, I do have a recorded video of this occurring.

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  2. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter
       17 Nov 2016 #2


    Still have heard nothing about this for several months. Has anyone else run into it? ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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  3. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter
       18 Nov 2016 #3

    OK, after a TON of additional testing, and nearly 6 months of letting this sit, I was FINALLY able to find a fix for my own issue. Apparently a group policy was put into place that Hides all folders on the user-specific (top) section of the Start menu. The name of this setting is "Remove user's folders from the Start Menu". I simply set this option to "Not Configured", performed a "gpupdate /force" command, and then tested. Everything is functioning normally now! =)

    Just thought I would the case that anyone else ever runs into this issue. Thanks!
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