Pinning Apps in Windows 7

I am using LANDesk to distribute software, and I am trying to get a shortcut to Pin to the start menu during the distribution, but have been unsuccessful. It can be pinned manually after the install, but we are trying to make it easy for the customer and also it would be easier to do during the distribution since sometimes there can over over 5000 machines involved .

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Posted by: mikesharp1 9 years ago
2nd Degree Black Belt
After some research, I have figured out how to pin items to the start menu. Here's what you do.

1. Set the pinned items the way that you want.
2. Open regedit and navigate to the following key: [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage]
3. Export the above key to a reg file.
4. Using Notepad or a similar text editor, open the reg file and remove all values EXCEPT FavoritesChanges, FavoritesResolve, and Favorites.
5. Set the DWORD value of FavoritesChanges to 2. (Or, if you want to test now, add 1 to the current value and set it to that.
6. Save the reg file.
7. If you want to test now, then make sure you did the test now part in step 5 and then merge the data into the registry.
8. Add this tweak to your reg tweaks on your AIO CD.
Posted by: kalucas 9 years ago
Senior Yellow Belt
I had to do a similar task, but also had to make sure it was applied to every user on the pc.  Not sure if this is the best way to go, but here is how I accomplished it:

I set the pinned items the way I wanted on a test machine and exported the key:  HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

I then created an executable to copy the icons to the user's \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\Taskbar  folder

Then I used ActiveSetup to import the above key each time a user logged in on a PC for the first time.   
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