Windows 10: Problem with pinning items to start menu in win10

  1.    16 Dec 2016 #1

    Problem with pinning items to start menu in win10


    Hey guys.

    Lately Windows has started behaving really odd in the way it deals with pinning. It was fine when I first set up win10 but now it doesn't work properly.
    I want to see if I can resolve this as I really don't feel like wiping and installing everything again.

    The issue is that when I now pin anything to the start menu it creates a folder on the desktop called "Programs" and it places a shortcut to the item in there. If I delete the folder it removes the pinned start menu item.
    It never used to behave like this. When I pinned something to the start menu it didn't have to create a desktop folder to place it in. It's very strange.

    Anyone know why it's doing this?

    Cheers,

    Mark.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       16 Dec 2016 #2

    The correct place for that Programs folder is:
    C:\Users\<your_user_name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    If for some reason that location is inaccessible a folder on the desktop would seem to be the 'backup plan'.

    First, try restarting your PC (not shutdown, do a proper restart). Still happens? Then try logging in with a different account, it may be a problem with just this one user profile.
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  3.    16 Dec 2016 #3

    Bree said: View Post
    The correct place for that Programs folder is:
    C:\Users\<your_user_name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    If for some reason that location is inaccessible a folder on the desktop would seem to be the 'backup plan'.

    First, try restarting your PC (not shutdown, do a proper restart). Still happens? Then try logging in with a different account, it may be a problem with just this one user profile.
    Cheers mate. I checked and the programs folder was missing. I pinned an item to the start, it created a programs folder on the desktop, then I moved that program folder to the location you mentioned and tried pinning another app and it went to the correct folder now and didn't create a new desktop folder. Awesome

    I remember now that I must have moved that folder and forgot to replace it when I was troubleshooting an issue I had a few days ago when my start menu suddenly went blank.
    The space to the right where the app icons go was even missing. I managed to get it functioning again but lost the custom apps I had pinned. So it was in that process that I moved the "programs" folder and forgot to put it back when I was done troubleshooting.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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       16 Dec 2016 #4

    MarcusarilliuS said: View Post
    I remember now that I must have moved that folder and forgot to replace it when I was troubleshooting an issue I had a few days ago...
    Glad to have helped, looks like it was an easy fix.
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