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"Pin to Start" Files in Windows 8

  1. #20


    Lahore,PK
    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    No option appears , I'm on windows 8.1 update 1 x64,,,, I searched around internet and merged a registry file then the option came up to pin to start any .exe file etc... but then it gives error that it can't be ????

    ehhh. edit : the easiest way is to create a shortcut to the desktop then pin it to start then delete it from desktop

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  2. #21


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Evil Nemesis,

    OPTION ONE will not work in 8.1. Did you use OPTION TWO for 8.1?
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  3. #22


    Lahore,PK
    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Wowww, My bad how could I miss that I didn't look at option 2 at all... I just tried it and it works... How can M$ do this to the very latest os hehehe...

    Anyway thanks alot mate , just curious though what difference the step 3 and 4 have ? (restore, remove) reg files....
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  4. #23


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    LOL, no worries mate. I'm just glad to hear it's working for you now.

    It was changed how "Pin to Start" was referenced in the registry for 8 vs 8.1. If you like, you could edit the restore .reg files for each to be able to compare the differences in more detail.
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  5. #24


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    A while ago, on my desktop PC I found a similar registry file that I merged and that worked prefectly for me. But now I have bought a Surface Pro 2 and for the life of me I couldn't find it again. I came across this thread on this forum and did the merge with you reg file and it works just fine. Thanks a lot!

    One thing is missing however. I have a lot of saved RDP files and when I right click on a RDP file, I don't get the option to pin it to my start.

    Is this by design or a bug / oversight?

    Thanks for the great work so far,
    Dave
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  6. #25


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dave, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You should have a "Pin to Start" for .rdp files as well after using step 1 in OPTION TWO like below.

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  7. #26


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Hello Brink, thanks for the reply. Yes, PDF files work fine. And Yes, I did choose option two and the merge went fine too. It's RDP files that are the problem.
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  8. #27


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, it should be there for .rpd files. Please go ahead and post a screenshot like above showing what you see to see if it may help to ID the issue.

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  9. #28


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    I accidentally noticed something... The RDP files are on my OneDrive and the PDF file I tried was on my C: drive. After I copied one of the RDP files to my local drive it worked.

    Then I tried other types of files that are on my OneDrive, such als Excel, Word and PDF files. When they are on my OneDrive it doesn't work. When they are on the C: drive it works.
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  10. #29


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, it'll only work in File Explorer.
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