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  • #37513

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    I've been asked to create a script that will automatically populate the start menu with shortcuts from a specific directory. I understand that Microsoft broke this functionality from Windows 8 to Windows 10 but has since fixed it. However, when I try to run my test script it only creates tiles for shortcuts that link to programs from C:\Program Files and ignores any shortcuts from programs outside that location like C:\Windows\System32\calc.exe.

    Here's the script I'm trying to run:

    $files = Get-ChildItem "C:\Users\myusername\Desktop\" -filter "*.lnk" -name

    for ($i = 0; $i -lt $files.Count; $i++) {
    (New-Object -ComObject shell.application).Namespace('C:\Users\myusername\Desktop\').parsename($files[$i]).invokeverb('pintostartscreen')

    When I added a line to output the name of the file being processed I got this list:

    • 7Zip.lnk
    • Calculator.lnk
    • Internet Explorer.lnk
    • Notepad++.lnk
    • PerformanceTest.lnk
    • Shutdown.lnk
    • Wordpad.lnk

    Even when I attempt to explicitly pin the Calculator shortcut I get nothing.

    (New-Object -ComObject shell.application).Namespace('C:\Windows\System32\').parsename('calc.exe').invokeverb('pintostartscreen')


    $shell = new-object -com "Shell.Application"
    $folder = $shell.Namespace('C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowershell\v1.0\')
    $item = $folder.Parsename('powershell.exe')
    $verb = $item.Verbs() | ? {$_.Name -eq 'Pin to Start Men&u'}
    if ($verb) {$verb.DoIt()}

    What am I missing? How do I get Windows to cooperate?

  • #37515

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    Update: I re-ran the single line attempt to pull the Powershell shortcut and it succeeded! But it still blocked the creation of the Calculator and Shutdown shortcuts from C:\Windows\System32.

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