Fix: Cannot Unpin Pinned Folders from Windows 7 Start Menu

Windows 7 allows you Pin folders to the Start menu by dragging it over the Start menu, as in Windows XP/Vista. However, there is no option provided to remove a folder from the Pinned items list in Windows 7. As a result, you’re unable to remove Pinned folders from the Start menu without resetting the entire Pinned items listing. This looks like a bug in Windows 7 (which is in Beta as of this writing), but we have a workaround for you.

Pin and Unpin Folders in Windows 7 Start menu

Download and apply the pinfolder.reg registry file from article How to add "Pin to Start menu" option for folders in Windows 7/Vista/XP.

After applying the .reg fix, you should see the Pin to Start Menu option in the right-click menu for folders. For folders that were already Pinned to the Start menu (by dragging), you should see the Unpin from Start Menu option in the right-click menu.

Right-click on the folder that you want to unpin from the Start menu, and click Unpin from Start Menu.

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2 thoughts on “Fix: Cannot Unpin Pinned Folders from Windows 7 Start Menu”

  1. I have a similar issue but it is with the explorer jumplist on the taskbar. no unpin option in right-click menu or unpin icon on the right hand side of the table. is there any fix for this?

  2. Fixed. The problem was a registry entry called NoPinToDestination located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer in case anyone else has this issue.


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