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How do you PIN Programs to Start Menu for ALL Users that log on?

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I tried to search for a solution for this, but couldn't really find a good solution.  I would like to PIN certain programs to the start menu, maybe 3 or 4, so that regardless what user sits down at the desktop and logs on to the domain, they have these programs on their start menu.  In XP it was easy.  Win 7, not so easy.  I assumed I could place them in this hidden/system directory:

c:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quck Launch\User Pinned

But that did not work...   Any ideas?  Is this a GPO Thing, if so, where in AD?
Thanks for the help!
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i think this is what your looking for: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
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by:tekrage
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Use this script.  Just remember you need to point the objShell.Namespace to the location that contains the shortcut (.lnk) file you're looking to pin.  I used the calculator in my example.  You could always just create a bunch of shortcuts on the C: drive or to any other common location that everyone would have access to.  Then set this script to run when the user first logs on to a system.


Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace("C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories")
Set objFolderItem = objFolder.ParseName("Calculator.lnk")

Set colVerbs = objFolderItem.Verbs
For Each objVerb in colVerbs
    If objverb.Name = "Pin to Start Men&u" Then objverb.DoIT
Next

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by:SLynch1223
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Another way to do this is to customize the Default profile.  This is the profile that all new users get their first desktop/settings from.  Basically, any changes made to the Default profile will be seen by any new accounts created after the change.  However, if you are just looking to modify accounts the have already been created, then the above script will work fine.
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by:zkrieger
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its a trick. the all users defaul folders dont exist by default. the way i have found to force them to create is to click on the windows button, then to right click on All Programs and choose "explore all users"

now the folders you want are created and you can dump stuff in them at:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
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by:SLynch1223
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You could also go to "Folder Options" and unhide system files and folders.
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