I have discovered what seems like a bug in Windows 10. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this and if so, have any workarounds?
I have two internal drives. Windows 10 is installed on an SSD, the second drive is a HDD with my data files. I have changed the location of Documents, Desktop and Downloads to be this HDD instead of C:\Users*username* So far all is good.
Yesterday I turned on Bitlocker for the HDD where my user folders reside. When I booted into Windows again after a restart, I got a prompt that my desktop user folder obviously couldn't be accessed (along with a blank desktop). After entering my Bitlocker password, the desktop went back to normal.
The problem is that Windows 10 Start Menu and task Bar lost all icons and customizations because of this. Upon boot the taskbar is empty and the start menu has reset to default. I am also unable to pin anything to them or change them whatsoever.
The only way to get the taskbar and start menu to work and accept pinning anything to them is to move my Desktop folder out of the Bitlocker encrypted HDD back to C:\Users*username*, so it can be loaded automatically upon boot.
1) Is there a workaround for this behavior so I can keep my desktop in the encrypted drive without loosing access to my taskbar and start menu pins?
2) Is there a way to get back my old start menu? After I turned Bitlocker on it has disappeared and been replaced with the default start menu. After I moved my Desktop folder to C:\Users*username* I can again pin stuff to it, but all my old pinned programs and changes are nowhere to be found and didn't reset after changing the location of my Desktop. Where are they?