Windows 8.1 Preview, as of JUN 06, 13:
Cannot pin "shortcut"(.lnk) to start menu! (bug/feature?)
When right mouse click on shortcut and click on "Pin to Start"
Comes up with "Critical error" message box:
This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action.
Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.
Note: did try to associate "\Windows\explorer.exe" to it ... but said that was not possible.
Note: Shortcuts previously pinned to Start menu work and are there, but if removed from Start menu, cannot be "re-pinned".
Thursday, June 27, 2013 6:08 PM
- Moved by Rob Caplan [MSFT]Microsoft employee Thursday, June 27, 2013 6:36 PM usage question. not a development question
Placing shortcuts into the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder doesn't necessarily work. I've discovered that where the actual EXECUTABLE file is located has impact on whether it's "visible" in the apps list. For example, I created a shortcut that pointed to the desktop version of IE. I placed the shortcut in the folder described above. It was still invisible to the list. However, if I copied the iexplore.exe from it's default location of C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer UP a level to the C:\Program Files folder, and modified the shortcut to match, the item magically appeared in the Apps list, thereby allowing me to pin it to the Start screen.
So, the moral of this story is: If a shortcut placed in the aforementioned folder still remains invisible, copy the EXECUTABLE of the program referred to in the shortcut directly to the PROGRAM FILES folder and modify your shortcut to reflect this.Friday, August 23, 2013 2:03 AM
Placing shortcuts into the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder doesn't necessarily work.
Try placing them one level higher? FWIW that's how I got two file shortcuts to get pinned to Start Screen.
It's really quirky. I haven't figured out what all the rules are yet. Will have to run ProcMon to figure this out.
E.g. I was wanting to pin Recent Items to Start Screen which I have in my Links directory (aka Favorites) and there a right-click promised Pin to Start Screen but nothing happened? In contrast I found a shortcut to WinX\Group3 on my Desktop via the Desktop Toolbar, right-click Pin to Start Screen worked directly for it. YMMV.
Also, why don't the menus reflect a successful Pin to Start Screen by changing that item to Unpin from Start Screen? So not just quirky functionality, bad UX in general.
---Friday, August 23, 2013 5:01 PM