Empty 'User Pinned' folder created at startup. Stop it!

  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Empty 'User Pinned' folder created at startup. Stop it!


    Immediately after startup, a "User Pinned" folder is created on my desktop. The folder is empty, marked read-only, and hidden. This started about a week ago, without any obvious cause.

    I can delete the folder, but it is re-created at the next startup.

    I am running Windows 10 (1809 - 17763.194).

    How can I stop this?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 83
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       1 Week Ago #2

    'User Pinned' is a system folder defined in the registry under:

    Code:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{9e3995ab-1f9c-4f13-b827-48b24b6c7174}
    It is normally found in the AppData folder with the path:

    Code:
    C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned
    Does typing the command: Shell:User Pinned in a Run dialog or the Explorer Address Bar open the folder created on your Desktop?

    If so, does the command Shell:Quick Launch open your Desktop folder?

    If either of the above works, check the registry key:

    Code:
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
    and see if you have values named either:

    {9e3995ab-1f9c-4f13-b827-48b24b6c7174}

    or

    {52a4f021-7b75-48a9-9f6b-4b87a210bc8f}

    If these exist, delete them.

    Keith
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    Keith,
    Thanks for your help. Almost solved.

    Does typing the command: Shell:User Pinned in a Run dialog or the Explorer Address Bar open the folder created on your Desktop?
    YES

    If so, does the command Shell:Quick Launch open your Desktop folder?
    NO. It opens ..\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

    I Deleted {9e3995ab-1f9c-4f13-b827-48b24b6c7174}

    At the next startup, the User Pinned folder was created in the Quick Launch bar - no longer on the desktop. The properties remain the same:
    ..\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 83
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       1 Week Ago #4

    So the folder was being created on the Desktop because of redirection via the User Shell Folders key. Now it's being created in it's default location.

    Is that acceptable? Are you using the Quick Launch bar?

    If you are using Quick Launch but don't want to see the USer Pinned folder, I can think of two options:

    1. Recreate
      HKCU\...\User Shell Folders\{9e3995ab-1f9c-4f13-b827-48b24b6c7174}
      and redirect it to a location where its existence won't bother you.
    2. Edit
      HKLM\...\FolderDescriptions\{9e3995ab-1f9c-4f13-b827-48b24b6c7174}
      and change the PreCreate value to 0. I haven't tested this, but I assume that forces creation of the folder if it doesn't exist.


    Keith
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    The folder still exists - just the location changed. It's now in the Quick Launch bar. I don't know what registry entry is creating it. I do use the Quick Launch bar and don't want a useless folder there.

    There is another entry with a value "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\User Pinned\ImplicitAppShortcuts". Is that relevant?

    There is no "Precreate" entry to change.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 83
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       1 Week Ago #6

    Under:
    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{9e3995ab-1f9c-4f13-b827-48b24b6c7174}
    You don't have PreCreate?

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    Keith
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    1 Week Ago #7

    Very different structure. I'm running Win 10 1809 (17763.194).
    I have no \Folder Descriptions\
    Registry-1.pdf
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 83
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home
       1 Week Ago #8

    You can delete that value shown in your screenshot: {bcb5256f-79f6-4cee-b725-dc34e402fd46}, it doesn't exist on a clean install of Windows. Deleting it will revert the folder to it's default path of:
    Code:
    "C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\ImplicitAppShortcuts"
    But your screenshot was from HKEY_CURRENT_USER, not HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. So please double-check that. I can't imagine that the upgrade did away with the need for this key.

    Keith
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    6 Days Ago #9

    I made no additional changes and now it works. It's the miracle of windows.
    Thanks for your help.
    Peter
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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