Pinning and unpinning icons to the Start Menu or Taskbar can be a pain on Windows 2008 or Windows 7. After doing some research I came up with an how to that I wanted to share with you today.
The first problem I got was that the Pin to Taskbar / Start Menu was missing from the menu.
It seems like it’s not possible to do this when the Start Menu are redirected to a network drive. Simply copy the icons you want to your Desktop.
Pin the icons to the locations you want so the settings get’s saved to registry.
Now head into the %AppData%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned folder and copy the icons to a network share you can use in Group Policy Preferences.
Define the folders you want to copy
Pinning icons to the users Start menu contains of 2 components, the icons in the User Pinned folder and in registry. Open registry and export HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage2
I’m using the fantastic tool Reg2XML to convert registry files to XML.
The last step is to import the XML file to Group Policy Preferences.
Thanks Microsoft for making this so easy! There’s also a custom PowerShell module you can use to pin / unpin icons, but this didn’t support command line switches. What I mean with this is that I couldn’t add icons for applications like Notes where you have Notes.exe =H:\Notes\Data\Notes.ini in the path.
Are you doing this in other ways? Please share with the Citrix Community by leaving a comment below.