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ICT Tip #28 - Pinning Items to the Windows 7 Start Menu

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by , 22nd January 2013 at 12:43 PM (5631 Views)
This being a new blog series I figured I was meant to update on time and stick to my promises for at least another three weeks

So, following on from last week's introduction and tip on searching the Windows 7 Start Menu, this week is about pinning shortcuts to the Start Menu for quick access: ICT Tip 028 - Pin to Start Menu.doc

It's quick, it's easy, it's worth showing people. As ever you are free to steal, borrow, adapt and re-use, without attribution, so long as you make no money off it.

Updated 6th February 2013 at 01:04 PM by sonofsanta

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  1. ThomL's Avatar
    It is worth mentioning that if you are using Roaming profiles this will not work very well, especially if you are redirecting app data, or deleting profiles when users log off of machines.

    Users will suddenly lose anything they have pinned as it doesn't sit within the normal areas of the appdata that get redirected.

    The way that i have overcome this is by using a logon/logoff script to backup the users pinned items and to restore them when they log on.

    Logon Script
    DEL /F /S /Q /A "%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\*"
    copy /y "\\nas01\%username%\TaskbarPinnedItems" "%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar"
    REG DELETE HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Exp lorer\Taskband /F
    REG IMPORT \\nas01\%username%\TaskbarPinnedItems\Taskbar-Pinned-Items-Backup.reg

    log off script
    mkdir "\\nas01\%username%\TaskbarPinnedItems"
    copy /y "%AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar" "\\nas01\%username%\TaskbarPinnedItems"
    REG EXPORT HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Exp lorer\Taskband \\nas01\%username%\TaskbarPinnedItems\Taskbar-Pinned-Items-Backup.reg /y

    Any one using this will have to update the script to work in their environment, if someone has a better solution please comment and let me know!


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