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Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8

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    You're welcome. Yeah, Quick Launch is perfect for something like this.

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    Tutorial has been updated for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Tutorial has been updated for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
    Thank's Brink.
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    You're most welcome.
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    When an application creates shortcut under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs it's automatically pinned to Metro. But when manually unpinned then reinstall the application again the shortcut is not pinned automaticlaly why?
    The system appear to remember the original unpin status. Does anyone know the tweak what/where?
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    Hello Puvenlin, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It all depends on the application itself, and if the option (if available) to create a shortcut in the Start Menu or on Start screen was checked during installation. Otherwise, a shortcut will have to manually be created.

    It's not going to remember an unpin status, since unpinning only removes a shortcut of the app from the hidden Start Menu folder location below for current user. Of course, pinning an app to Start, would add a shortcut of the app to the location below.

    Code:
    C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  7. #46


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    Thanks Shawn!

    StartMenu does not exist but there's only "ImplicitAppShortcuts" & "TaskBar" folders present?
    C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\

    Simply placing or removing the shortcut of an AP in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs displays/removes it on Start/Metro.

    Eg.
    Simply delete an existing shortcut under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs then verify the shortcut disappears on Start/Menu

    Simply copy and existing shortcut, rename then paste into C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs then verify it does not creates the new shortcut on Start/Menu for the existing AP


    The system remembers the unpin status of an AP.
    Eg.
    - Install an AP ensure shortcut created on Start Menu folder as well as exist on Start/Metro
    - Go to Start/Metro then right click the shortcut on Start/Metro and click Unpin from Start
    - Uninstall the AP
    - Reinstall the AP and check there's no shortcut on Start/Metro. Need to Pin it again manually due to previously it was unpinned manually
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    Continued from: Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by puvenlin View Post
    Thanks Shawn!

    StartMenu does not exist but there's only "ImplicitAppShortcuts" & "TaskBar" folders present?
    C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\

    Simply placing or removing the shortcut of an AP in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs displays/removes it on Start/Metro.

    Eg.
    Simply delete an existing shortcut under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs then verify the shortcut disappears on Start/Menu

    Simply copy and existing shortcut, rename then paste into C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs then verify it does not creates the new shortcut on Start/Menu for the existing AP


    The system remembers the unpin status of an AP.
    Eg.
    - Install an AP ensure shortcut created on Start Menu folder as well as exist on Start/Metro
    - Go to Start/Metro then right click the shortcut on Start/Metro and click Unpin from Start
    - Uninstall the AP
    - Reinstall the AP and check there's no shortcut on Start/Metro. Need to Pin it again manually due to previously it was unpinned manually
    I think you may have the Start screen confused with the Apps screen a bit. If you want it to work properly, then you must use the method in the tutorial.


    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    For Windows 7: All users Start Menu -> All Programs
    For Windows 8: All users "Apps" screen

    C:\Users\User-Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    For Windows 7: Current user Start Menu -> All Programs
    For Windows 8: Current user "Apps" screen
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  9. #48


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    Was referring to "Start" screen and not "Apps" screen. Unable to locate which part of the tutorial benefit to this question on getting around on how the system remembers the original unpin status?
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  10. #49


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    Puvenlin,

    Windows 8 doesn't remember an unpin status. Only what is currently pinned.

    It sounds most likely that when you were installing the app again, you may have just missed the option (if there was one) to have it create a shortcut on Start.
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