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unable to pin to the start screen

  1. #1


    Posts : 54
    Windows 8 x64

    unable to pin to the start screen


    im unable to pin to start any shortcuts from explorer.

    ive tried changing the local group policy Remove pinned programs list from the Start Menu to disable and it still doesn't work

    When clicking on the down arrow to add existing shortcuts i can. But i have other programs I wish to pin that aren't listed in there.

    Any advise regarding restoring the ability to pin programs to the start menu appreciated, cheers

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Krohm,

    Do you have a "Pin to Start" option when you right click on these files?
    Are you trying to "Pin to Start" directly from the .exe files of these programs?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 54
    Windows 8 x64


    yes i have the pin to start when right clicking on a shortcut or whatever, just nothing adds
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  4. #4


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    Have you already scrolled your Start screen all the way to the right see if the added item may just be out of sight?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 54
    Windows 8 x64


    ive only got a few there atm
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  6. #6


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    Ok, so some are able to pin to start, or are these from before this issue started?

    Are there any specific items that will not pin to start?
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8 x64


    na they were there before the problem arose
    none are adding
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  8. #8


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    If this just recently started, then you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened may be able to quickly fix it for you.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 54
    Windows 8 x64


    im not doing a system restore for this
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  10. #10


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    Your choice, but this isn't the same as a factory restore that starts you back from scratch if that's what you were thinking.

    A system restore will only take your system back to how it was at the date and time of the selected restore point. It's perfect for situations like this when you don't know what caused the issue, but know when it started.
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