Windows 10 operating system comes with beautiful Tiles. You can pin any file, folder, .exe file or a shortcut of .exe file to the Start menu. When you right click on any file / folder, you get an option in context menu “Pin to Start”.

pin-to-startIn similar ways, when you right-click on any Pinned item in the Start menu, you get an option to “Unpin from Start”.

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Sometimes you may find that “Pin to Start” or “Unpin from Start” option is missing from your Windows 10. It may happen due to two Policy settings changes : NoChangeStartMenu and LockedStartLayout would remove the Pin to Start right-click menu option. Your network administrator may disable this option if you are connected to a domain or you have set these policies. If not , then maybe some third party tools have changed the registry-based settings.

How to Fix “Pin to Start” and “Unpin from Start” in Windows 10?

Using PowerShell

1. Click on start button and type cmd in the search box.

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2. From the results, right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator.

If UAC prompts, then click Yes.

3. Under command prompt window type PowerShell and press Enter from keyboard.

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4. Now copy and paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

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Press Enter from the keyboard. It will start processing.

Using Registry Editor

To restore the ‘Pin to Start’ and ‘Unpin from Start’ option to the right-click context menu, download win10_pin_to_start.zip, unzip and run the enclosed REG file. It will fix both missing options ‘Pin to Start’ and ‘Unpin from Start’.

The content of the reg file is :

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Restore Pin to Start / Unpin from Start right-click menu option in Windows 10
;Kamlesh Kumar, https://cellcute.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”=-

This registry file will clear both Policy settings and restores the Pin to Start context menu handler entry in the registry.

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

Under group policy you can find at:

Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Prevent users from customizing their Start Screen

LockedStartLayout can exist in the following registry locations:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

You can find it under group policy editor at :

Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Start Layout

For more issues in Start menu, use Start Menu Repair / Troubleshooter tool.

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