Windows 10: Can't pin programs to Start menu anymore? Solved

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  1.    11 Jul 2015 #1

    Can't pin programs to Start menu anymore?


    Win 10 64bit Build 10162

    Not sure if I've done this in the course of hacking the registry but I can no longer pin anything to Start Menu by right clicking on an .exe in the File Explorer and choosing 'Pin to Start' from the context menu. I don't get an error message but nothing happens.

    Also, when I install a program it will create a folder in the Start Menu, as normal, but any shortcuts to an .exe are not shown, only links to the manual, notes, etc. However, the shortcuts to the .exe are actually being created in C:\Users\Nus\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs or C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    Any ideas?


    Edit:

    Turned on 'Most used' and can pin programs that appear on the list. However, not all programs used are appearing on list. It seems like only programs that were installed before this behaviour started are showing up.
    Last edited by Nus; 11 Jul 2015 at 06:08.
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  2.    11 Jul 2015 #2

    Well.. ah.. hacking the registry could be the cause. Have you tried to restore the registry to it's original settings and see if you can pin items to the start menu?? And did you back up the registry before you started hacking it??
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  3.    11 Jul 2015 #3

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    Well.. ah.. hacking the registry could be the cause. Have you tried to restore the registry to it's original settings and see if you can pin items to the start menu?? And did you back up the registry before you started hacking it??
    I haven't backed up the registry, so I don't suppose there is any easy way to do a restore, besides the built in system reset feature...

    Just thought I'd check in to see if anyone had an easy fix before I do a clean install...
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  4.    11 Jul 2015 #4

    Nus said: View Post
    I haven't backed up the registry, so I don't suppose there is any easy way to do a restore, besides the built in system reset feature...

    Just thought I'd check in to see if anyone had an easy fix before I do a clean install...
    I always recommend that if you do an type of hacking into the registry that backing it up first is essential., You never know when/if you'll need to do a restore of it.. at some time,
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  5.    11 Jul 2015 #5

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    I always recommend that if you do an type of hacking into the registry that backing it up first is essential., You never know when/if you'll need to do a restore of it.. at some time,
    Yeah, basic stuff, lol...

    I need to do a few installs anyway, just so I can remember all the crap to get rid of/disable/tweak on all the systems I'll inevitably get asked to sort out come roll out day, ha!
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  6.    11 Jul 2015 #6

    Nus said: View Post
    Yeah, basic stuff, lol...

    I need to do a few installs anyway, just so I can remember all the crap to get rid of/disable/tweak on all the systems I'll inevitably get asked to sort out come roll out day, ha!
    We all do it.. well I'm guilty of it at times as well. Next time just remember to back up and then play with the registry.

    Jeff
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  7.    11 Jul 2015 #7

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    We all do it.. well I'm guilty of it at times as well. Next time just remember to back up and then play with the registry.

    Jeff
    I've done the clean install now, so thanks for the responses and consider my problem solved.

    I may take some selective registry backups on this one now, just for future reference...
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  8.    11 Jul 2015 #8

    Nus said: View Post
    I've done the clean install now, so thanks for the responses and consider my problem solved.

    I may take some selective registry backups on this one now, just for future reference...
    Super glad to hear!! And you're so welcome..
    Have a great weekend.
    Jeff
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  9.    13 Jul 2015 #9

    So this issue has occurred again...

    The 'Pin to Start' menu item has no effect whether it's from the Start->All Programs menu or File Explorer. I can drag and drop shortcuts from the All Programs menu and they will pin, but cannot do the same from File Explorer.

    It had been working fine, I pinned a couple of apps via the context menu item, then I installed Visual Studio 2015 RC. After the installation completed I unsuccessfully tried to pin some of the new items and that's when I realised the problem had reoccurred.

    So, I would have to say this is a bug with Windows.

    I can live with it for now, seeing as this is a temporary installation, but it will be bloody annoying if it occurs with the official release.

    If anyone has any ideas then feel free to chime in.
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  10.    14 Jul 2015 #10

    Nus said: View Post
    So this issue has occurred again...

    The 'Pin to Start' menu item has no effect whether it's from the Start->All Programs menu or File Explorer. I can drag and drop shortcuts from the All Programs menu and they will pin, but cannot do the same from File Explorer.

    It had been working fine, I pinned a couple of apps via the context menu item, then I installed Visual Studio 2015 RC. After the installation completed I unsuccessfully tried to pin some of the new items and that's when I realised the problem had reoccurred.

    So, I would have to say this is a bug with Windows.

    I can live with it for now, seeing as this is a temporary installation, but it will be bloody annoying if it occurs with the official release.

    If anyone has any ideas then feel free to chime in.

    If you haven't already, be sure to report your findings in Windows Feedback. MS seems to be pretty good at working on reported bugs, it's just some of the features insiders have asked for they seem to ignore (e.g. tabs in File Explorer).
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