[Solved] - Unable to add items/shortcuts to All Apps list in Start Menu

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Mr.X, Aug 17, 2017.

  1. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB.

    I decided to give it a try for personal use and just started to hate it precisely for not being able to add items to All Apps list in Start Menu.

    Got a bunch of portable apps in separate dedicated partition. Then I wanted to create shortcuts and drop them within
    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    or
    C:\Users\MrX\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    For them to show up in the list, exactly the way I've been doing on Win 7/8.1.

    It does not work. Windows 10 can add items just and only if added by an installer installing an application.

    I read in other forums others are able to add items on different builds and/or editions. Grrrr.
     
  2. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Thanks but no directions at all on how to use it and Rivera's website is down.
     
  3. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

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    Code:
    hashlnk.exe shortcut.lnk
    it needs vc++ 2010 redist
     
  4. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

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    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  5. yomoma2

    yomoma2 MDL Member

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    That's strange. Placing shortcuts on Roaming works both on my 1703 Core and Pro installations, don't have a 1607 at hand now.
    Could it be the way those shortcuts were created? Doing "Copy" on the exe file and then "Paste shortcut" on the destination folder is working.
     
  6. hotwire

    hotwire MDL Novice

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    Try to override this setting.

     
  7. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Not working. I've tried days back with no luck.
     
  8. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Great! It's working!
    I think your finding is great!
    Thanks you.

    Now testing and doing a lot of apps/shortcuts/pinned apps etc. Will get back with results later on...
     
  9. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Okay, this is what I did:

    1. Entered policy editor.
    2. User Configuration\Administrative Templates\start menu and Taskbar\ Search just apps from the Apps view
    3. This policy was Not Configured by default, as expected.
    4. I enabled it.
    5. Created a shortcut beside portable app.
    6. Went to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs and dropped the shortcut there, even I renamed it.
    7. The shortcut showed up in "All Apps list" BUT was sort of "inactive" or "inert", that is, just visible but not responding to mouse hovering nor clicking over it.
    8. Restarted the machine and voila! lol. Now active and fully functional that shortcut in All Apps list, I was able to pin it as well.
    9. Set back to Not Configured "Search just apps from the Apps view".
    10. Restarted the machine once again.
    11. Did another five apps shortcuts and still working. Odd because the policy is set back to Not Configured.