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  • Under "Desktop" I was able to create a shortcut to "My Computer" (I want to see the drives available to my computer). Is there a way to put that shortcut on the Metro Start screen itself?

    TIA,

    Barkingdog

    Friday, March 2, 2012 9:23 PM

Answers

  • Select "Computer" in the Windows-Explorer, make a Rightclick and select "add to startmenu". When you now go to the Metro world you see an entry to "My Computer" which you can select.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:43 AM
    Answerer

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  • Hi,

    What are you trying to achieve. Just the My Computer on the Start Menu or the Drive itself?

    Thanks!


    JohnFernande [MSFT] | Support Engineer | Windows Distributed Systems | Bangalore, India

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:36 AM
  • Select "Computer" in the Windows-Explorer, make a Rightclick and select "add to startmenu". When you now go to the Metro world you see an entry to "My Computer" which you can select.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:43 AM
    Answerer
  • [win key] + E will open an explorer window on the desktop from anywhere, even in a Metro app.
    Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:52 AM
  • Under "Desktop" I was able to create a shortcut to "My Computer" (I want to see the drives available to my computer). Is there a way to put that shortcut on the Metro Start screen itself?

    TIA,

    Barkingdog

    You can also right click at the bottom of metro, select all apps, then add 'computer'. After that it'll be in metro.
    Saturday, March 3, 2012 2:00 AM
  • When in the Start Menu, just type "Computer". Once you see the results, right click the Computer Tile and select "Pin to Start" in the menu displayed at the bottom of the screen.

    If using a Touch device, right-click in Start is done by Holding and Slighty Dragging downwards (Flick-it), then Pin.

    Thanks!


    JohnFernande [MSFT] | Support Engineer | Windows Distributed Systems | Bangalore, India

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 2:16 AM
  • The shell: functionality still works too.  [win] + R to bring up the run dialog then type in:

    shell:common start menu

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 3:06 AM
  • If you want to Pin te Drives listed under My Computer, just Right-Click and "Pin to start". That will do it for you.

    Thanks!


    JohnFernande [MSFT] | Support Engineer | Windows Distributed Systems | Bangalore, India

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 3:07 AM
  • Looks like there is an error with the drive labels when you pin them...

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 3:36 AM
  • The shell: functionality still works too.  [win] + R to bring up the run dialog then type in:

    shell:common start menu

    And if you take the folder up one level, right click on the Start Menu item and click on Pin to Start, it appears in the Metro interface and works much like your old start menu, only in a Windows Explorer interface.

    This is the backdoor that makes me feel comfortable again. Thanks dgobe for pointing this out.

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 10:59 AM
  • Under "Desktop" I was able to create a shortcut to "My Computer" (I want to see the drives available to my computer). Is there a way to put that shortcut on the Metro Start screen itself?

    Actually there's a better solution that using a shortcut there. Because one very handy feature of the 'My computer' icon is being able to request its properties which will then lead you straight into the 'System' setting of the control panel. Obviously this doesn't work anymore if you have a shortcut (then only the shortcut properties are displayed).

    I think you maybe better off following these steps instead:

    • On the desktop right click, select "Personalize"
    • In the screen find the option "Change desktop icons" in the menu on the left.
    • After selecting this option you can easily add or remove desktop icons here.

    As said; the main advantage should be obvious when you need the System properties.

    To answer your question:

    • In Metro (start screen) right click on an open section, select "all apps" from the menu below.
    • Find "Computer" in the list of apps (it sits near the end under the "Windows system" section.
    • Right click on it, then select "Pin to start" from the menu below.

    Now it also sits within Metro.

    Hope this helps!


    With kind regards, Peter

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 6:59 PM
  • ShelLuser

    If you go to the lower-left to bring up the Start Menu icon on the Desktop and right-click there's a nice menu, instead of using the My Computer icon.  [win] + x works too.  It'd be nice if that menu was configurable.

    Well look here :-)

    C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX

    Registry

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellCompatibility\InboxApp]

    I don't know what the long string of numbers indicates but it's something to play with for sure.

    EDIT:

    Well I had to take ownership of that reg key to create this key

    "F00E6523EF31101D_2_-_Zune_lnk_amd64.lnk"=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,55,00,73,00,\
      65,00,72,00,73,00,5c,00,44,00,65,00,66,00,61,00,75,00,6c,00,74,00,5c,00,41,\
      00,70,00,70,00,44,00,61,00,74,00,61,00,5c,00,4c,00,6f,00,63,00,61,00,6c,00,\
      5c,00,4d,00,69,00,63,00,72,00,6f,00,73,00,6f,00,66,00,74,00,5c,00,57,00,69,\
      00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,58,00,5c,00,47,00,\
      72,00,6f,00,75,00,70,00,31,00,5c,00,32,00,20,00,2d,00,20,00,5a,00,75,00,6e,\
      00,65,00,2e,00,6c,00,6e,00,6b,00,00,00

    All the hex numbers are just this string

    C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group1\2 - Zune.lnk

    I copied the Zune shortcut into that folder and rebooted, no dice.  Someone will figure it out.

    • Edited by dgobe Saturday, March 3, 2012 7:50 PM
    Saturday, March 3, 2012 7:09 PM