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Start Menu - Backup and Restore Pinned Items in Windows 7

How to Backup and Restore Pinned Start Menu Items in Windows 7
Published by Brink
07 Feb 2012
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How to Backup and Restore Pinned Start Menu Items in Windows 7


information   Information
This will show you how to backup and restore your pinned Start Menu items automatically with one click in Windows 7.

This can be handy if you do not want to have to manually pin and restore your currently pinned Start Menu items say after a clean install of Windows 7.

Note   Note
By default, your pinned Start Menu programs/shortcuts are saved in both locations below. This is what this tutorial will be backing up and restoring for you using a BAT file.

In the registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage2

In the hidden StartMenu folder:
C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu


EXAMPLE: Pinned Programs on the Start Menu in Windows 7
NOTE: You will notice that these pinned items are only at the of the Start Menu above the separator line. The items below the line are recent programs instead, and are not included in the backup.
Start Menu - Backup and Restore Pinned Items in Windows 7-start_menu.jpg



OPTION ONE
To Backup Pinned Items on the Start Menu in Windows 7
1. Click on the Download buttom below to download the .bat file below, then run it.
Backup-Pinned_StartMenu_Items.bat

download
2. If prompted, click on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

3. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.

4. You will now have a Start-Menu-Pinned-Items-Backup folder on your desktop that is the backup of your pinned taskbar items.

5. Move this folder to where you like for safe keeping.
NOTE: Do not rename this folder since it must remain the exact same name to be able to use it in OPTION TWO below to restore your pinned Start Menu items with.

6. If you like, you might also backup your Jump Lists as well.





OPTION TWO
To Restore Pinned Items on the Start Menu in Windows 7
1. If you have not already, make sure that any 3rd party programs that were pinned to your Start Menu when the backup was created in OPTION ONE are still installed to the same location first.
NOTE: Since the pinned Start Menu items are just shortcuts that point to the program, the programs must still be at the same location when the backup was created before restoring the pinned Start Menu items.

2. Move or copy the Start-Menu-Pinned-Items-Backup folder created from OPTION ONE above to your desktop.

3. Click on the Download buttom below to download the .bat file below, then run it.
Restore-Pinned_StartMenu_Items.bat

download
4. If prompted, click on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

5. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.

6. Your backed up pinned Start Menu items have now been restored.

7. If you like, you might also restore your previously backed up Jump Lists as well.
That's it,
Shawn





Published by
09 Sep 2014   #1
rboerner

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Just a quick note, I believe I found a minor error in the batch files. If the user profile name has a space in it, the registry key export will fail. The %userprofile% variable needs to have quotes around it to work in that instance.


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09 Sep 2014   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Robert for pointing this out. The .bat files have been updated now.
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