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I can't seem to pin anything to the Taskbar anymore.

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    I can't seem to pin anything to the Taskbar anymore.


    I don't have this issue on my Desktop, but on my newly created Windows To Go drive.

    I got this working today, and I pinned some items to the Start Screen. I want to pin items to the Taskbar, like Task Manager, but Windows isn't allowing ANY pinning to the Taskbar. I wonder if it's trying to kill use of the Desktop.
    I've tried dragging things down, using the Start Screen commands, and even the right click context menu in Explorer, nothing.

    BAH! Any suggestions?

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  2. #2


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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    I'm getting the same thing. My Windows 8 Release Preview running in a VM allows pin to taskbar but the "Windows To Go" installation does not. I hope this is not by design. Pinning applications to the Taskbar may be the 1 thing that makes this new OS usable.
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  3. #3


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I left as much metro as possible out of my pe build.

    No surprise there is no pin to taskbar .

    Classic start menu is great for navigating instead.
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  4. #4


    It's bad design but you will have to actually search for that program and then pin it. The items on the start screen are not task-bar pin-able. Bad design on their part. I don't think you could actually ever pin a start screen pinned item on the task-bar at least that hasn't worked for me. But you can pin it if you search for the program and then right click and select pin to task-bar.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Cobra44Mag View Post
    I'm getting the same thing. My Windows 8 Release Preview running in a VM allows pin to taskbar but the "Windows To Go" installation does not. I hope this is not by design. Pinning applications to the Taskbar may be the 1 thing that makes this new OS usable.
    It was strange because I was able to pin Control Panel to it, but after a reboot, that stopped. I couldn't even unpin it.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I left as much metro as possible out of my pe build.

    No surprise there is no pin to taskbar .

    Classic start menu is great for navigating instead.
    I actually ended up using the Start Screen for ALL my navigating. Let me tell you, I probably couldn't had used a start menu for that, but then again, that's not what a start menu is used for, navigation.

    There actually is a "Pin to Taskbar" icon on Windows 8 that isn't a To Go drive.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Cobra44Mag View Post
    I'm getting the same thing. My Windows 8 Release Preview running in a VM allows pin to taskbar but the "Windows To Go" installation does not. I hope this is not by design. Pinning applications to the Taskbar may be the 1 thing that makes this new OS usable.
    That's absolutely strange! I had that happen to me on the Consumer Preview and couldn't get it to work after many attempts.

    I worked around that issue and just used the Start Screen instead, it actually was just a fine as having the program pinned to the Taskbar, upon signing in, you click what you want to open and there you go. I could open an Office program, Mail app, Weather app, Documents library, even pinball!

    I used my To Go drive more like a test experiment and just simply having Windows 8....to go. That issue allowed me to use the Start Screen more and become more familiar with it and mold it to my usage. From that, how I had my Start Screen setup, I feel confident many people could use successfully by just using it for 20 minutes.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    I was just trying to stay on the Desktop as much as possible and wanted to see how practical that was going to be. I am curious if this is working as designed or if this is a bug that will be fixed in the final release. I can't think of a reason to disable this functionality in "Windows To Go" installations but have it in normal installs.

    In case it matters, my "Windows To Go" installation is a member of a 2008 R2 domain and is currently being used on a different computer than what it originally ran on.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    FYI, the "Pin To Taskbar" feature works in Server 2012 RC running from a USB drive via "Windows To Go". I couldn't find any documention regarding Server 2012 running under "Windows To Go" so I just tried it and everything works. I know it doesn't make much sense to run a server OS like this but it is allowing me to test new Hyper-V features such as Share-Nothing Live Migration without altering my existing installations.

    Anyway, not sure why the "Pin To Taskbar" feature is working in the server OS and not the client. Anyone else having this issue?
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I can't seem to pin anything to the Taskbar anymore.
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