CyberSolutions: [Fix] Pin to Start Option Missing in Windows 10

Sunday, May 15, 2016

[Fix] Pin to Start Option Missing in Windows 10

In Windows 10, when you right-click on a folder, .exe file or a shortcut to an .exe file, the option Pin to Start may be missing. Also in the Start menu when you right-click an item, Pin to Start menu or Unpin from Start options go missing. Here are two possible reasons why this happens, and followed by a fix.
The two Policy settings NoChangeStartMenu and LockedStartLayout if set (via Group Policy or Registry-based), would remove the Pin to Start right-click menu option. If your system is connected to a domain, your network administrator may have set these Policies and you may have to contact them to relax the settings. If that’s not the case, the registry based settings may have been enabled by 3rd party tool.


Registry Fix

To restore the Pin to Start option to the right-click menu, download w10_pin_to_start.rar, unzip and run the enclosed REG file.
Here is the contents of the REG file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Restore Pin to Start right-click menu option in Windows 10
;Ramesh Srinivasan, http://www.winhelponline.com

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
@="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen]
@="{470C0EBD-5D73-4d58-9CED-E91E22E23282}"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoChangeStartMenu"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"NoChangeStartMenu"=-

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"LockedStartLayout"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
"LockedStartLayout"=-
 

More Information

The REG file clears the two Policy settings and restores the Pin to Start context menu handler entry in the registry, discussed below.

NoChangeStartMenu Policy can exist in these registry locations:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
It corresponds to the following GPO:
Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Prevent users from customizing their Start Screen
LockedStartLayout can exist in these registry locations:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
It corresponds to the following GPO:
Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Start Layout

Pin to Start Context Menu Handler

Another possibility is that the reference to Pin to Start context menu hander itself missing, in the registry.
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PintoStartScreen
The .REG file restores the handler if missing.

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