I just restarted my Windows 7 PC to find all my pinned shortcuts have disappeared from the start menu and taskbar. I've looked here
"%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned"
And it seems the shortcuts are still there. Is there maybe a service that isn't running, which is causing this problem? Thanks.

  • I would like to improve the link, this way we dont look up our username: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned – DeerSpotter Apr 6 '17 at 18:43

Ahh, sorted it. I just deleted the shortcuts in the folder above, and then added them again. Dunno what caused it though. Thanks.

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    You are encouraged to mark your own posts as answered if you figure out a way to solve the issue – Shekhar Nov 9 '11 at 7:05

You have to save the theme when you set up (add it) the quick launch shortcut toolbar. Right-click on desktop, personalize, right-click on the top theme (the one you are using now) and press save. Add a name like 1 and ok. Your stuff won't disappear anymore.


Above answer failed for this. But this worked!

  1. Login
  2. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del then select Task Manager.
  3. Go to the Applications tab at the top and click the New Task button.
  4. Type explorer.exe and click OK.

Everything should now show up.

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    I would recommend re-reading the question bud. His task bar is there already :) – Canadian Luke Dec 16 '11 at 7:25
  • agreed with Luke the Canadian, i downvoted this answer. – georgiecasey Oct 3 '16 at 18:27

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