Finally found something that I don’t like about Windows 11! – \o/ ‘Hippity hip Hoorah‘ \o/ – I’ve been running Windows 11 Pro on 6 desktop PC’s ‘n 1 Dell XPS 13 lappy, for over a month now, and without any problems.

Have mainly just upgraded to Windows 11 Pro from Windows 10 Pro, since it was so easy ‘n reliable to do, but have also done some tests on doing a clean install of Windows 11. Spotted the “This PC” problem right away when doing the clean installs:

The upgrade method allows the “This PC” icon to stay and/or be added to the Taskbar, but the clean install method doesn’t offer the “Pin to taskbar” option. Can pin “This PC” to the Desktop and/or to the Start menu, but not to the Taskbar where I use it a lot…a *LOT*!!!

No biggie, since no OS is as customizable as Microsoft’s Windows OSes. However, Windows 11 is still very new, so not all the needed information has made it to the internet yet. Usually, information on a Microsoft Windows OS is easily found wid a simple search, but the search for “This PC” info hasn’t been productive until yesterday. More on that in a moment

I like a clean desktop, and want all my heavily used main folders, drives, apps, browsers, utilities, games (Chess ‘n Hearts), etc. easily available. The Taskbar is right there, on the Left for me. Only the Firefox browser is used more than This PC icon/tool/app/utility/etc. 😉

Personal Computers ‘n End Users

The Start menu has my less used second options, e.g. GeForce Experience utility, 7 USB imaging utilities, media player, etc. Third option is generally a quick system search or just opening the “All apps” option. Everything wid Windows 10 & 11 is quick ‘n easy, highly customizable, reliable ‘n stable, secure, etc. like the Desktop/Laptop OS on one’s Personal Computer should be:

A personal computer (PC) is a multi-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and price make it feasible for individual use. Personal computers are intended to be operated directly by an end user, rather than by a computer expert or technician.

When Linus Torvalds explains why the so-called Linux “Desktop” OS isn’t for “nontechnical people,” he is speaking of the actual Personal Computer’s “end user.”

‘For the last 20 years, I kept hearing how Linux on the Desktop would go mainstream in “five years.” “One of the problems Desktop” Linux has is it’s not made for “normal people, and by normal people I mean, obviously nontechnical people…”‘

End Users ain’t gonna do a lot of tinkering wid their Personal Computer or its OS, i.e. they just want it to work, be easy to learn, and be compatible wid their old scanner ‘n new printer ‘n the newly ordered photo printer that arrives tomorrow. Windows 10 has over 1.3 Billion users, so Personal Computer end user‘s are obviously very happy wid Microsoft.

Lots of OEM’s are also obviously happy wid Microsoft’s Windows OSes, since many of them invest their money in building Personal Computers for end users who want Microsoft’s Windows OSes.

I suspect that a lot of new Personal Computers, wid Windows 11 on them, are going to be sold over the upcoming holiday seasons…and, all the way into the new year. Most of those end user buyers will probably not even notice that “This PC” icon doesn’t offer the “Pin to taskbar” option anymore. 😉

Create ‘n Pin “This PC” to the Windows 11 Taskbar

Haven’t spent much time doing a search on how-to pin This PC to the taskbar, since I really like the upgrade method, but decided to do another clean Windows 11 Pro installation on the ‘DIYPC‘ yesterday ‘n then started searching again for a solution, in earnest this time.

The ‘DIYPC‘ new test build isn’t ever going to get much use by me, but it may end up being a useful emergency computer for one of my brothers. He’s having to take care of his wife who is in the “later stage dementia” at just 68 years old, and that has all of his focus ‘n attention. He uses an old Dell laptop, that he loves, but it could break down ‘n leave him needing one.

Will let him know in a day or two that it will be available for him whenever he needs one, so he won’t have to get in a rush to buy one. So this clean install was done to basically set up a new Windows 11 Pro computer for him…I also have an old monitor out in a shed if he needs one. It also gives me the chance to do some tweaking ‘n testing of a clean installation, in case I ever need or want to do it on another computer.

Searches can be a pain!

Entries like This PC or “This PC” returned loads of useless info on everything but “This PC.” Many of the returned search results, that were actually about “This PC,” were on how to move it to the desktop and/or the Start menu!?! It’s as if these writer’s had never heard of the Windows 11 Taskbar…well, they all had heard of the Taskbar ‘n most had written on how to move it from the Center to the Left, but none had mentioned pinning the “This PC” icon to it.

Searches can be a pain!

Probably took an hour or maybe two before I got the right search combo for Google to return what I was looking for. I was beginning to think I may have been the only Windows 10 user, out of over 1.3 Billion Worldwide users, who pinned “This PC” icon to the Taskbar!? 😉

Then, all of a sudden, ‘Thar it Were!

The search had never even had a close result until I came across Blessed Majome‘s YouTube – How to Create and Pin This PC on Taskbar Windows 11.

Easy ‘n quick, plus it worked perfectly! – \o/ ‘Hippity hip Hoorah‘ \o/Problem solved. Added the bookmark for future reference, and decided to do a post for an additional record on the ‘How to‘.

Many informative videos go fairly quickly, and most PC End Users ain’t gonna deal wid them, if they can’t keep up, IMHO. Thusly, I have made about 15 pics to be used in conjunction wid Blessed Majome‘s YouTube – How to Create and Pin This PC on Taskbar Windows 11.

The pics:

  • Open file explorer

  • Open This PC

  • Copy This PC address

  • Create a new desktop shortcut

  • Paste this copied address: This PC”::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}”

  • Delete the quote marks & This PC, which leaves you wid: ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

  • Type: Explorer.exe shell:
  • It should now be: Explorer.exe shell:::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  • Hit enter

  • Name the shortcut: This PC

  • Open the shortcut’s Properties

  • Going to Change the icon

  • We’re gonna add the “This PC” icon, but need to move to a bigger selection area

  • Type: imageres.dll
  • That takes you to the main icon area

  • OK…look for “This PC” icon ‘n select it

  • Apply the new selection

Now we just need to pin the new “This PC” shortcut to the Taskbar – \o/ ‘Hippity hip Hoorah‘ \o/

  • Now we have “This PC” on the Taskbar, and I just deleted the desktop shortcut icon after that.

Conclusion

Don’t know why Windows 10 offered the “Pin to taskbar” option ‘n Windows 11 doesn’t. It’s the first release, so the “Pin to taskbar” option may show up later, especially if enough End Users had used it before. The solution – How to Create and Pin This PC on Taskbar Windows 11 – fixes it for me, so I am happy wid the results.

Before closing, I have a free tip, on something that wasn’t really a biggie for me, but maybe it was for others.

How to Get Full Context Menus in Windows 11

  • 1. Open regedit. The easiest way is to hit Windows + R, enter regedit and hit Enter.
  • 2. Click Yes if you are prompted by User Account Control.
  • 3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\
  • 4. Create a new registry key called {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} underneath CLSID. You can create keys by right-clicking in the right window pane and selecting New->Key then entering the correct name for the folder.
  • 5. Create a new key called InprocServer32 underneath {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}.
  • 6. Open the (Default) key in InprocServer32 and set its value to blank, then click OK. (You will notice that the Data which was originally “(value not set)” is now shown as blank.)
  • 7. Close registry editor and reboot.

That one is a little more tricky, since it involves using the Registry Editor, which most End Users *FEAR*. 😉 Windows 11 comes wid a full Backup & Restore app, so End Users should create an image, just to be safe. Anyway, it was easy to do…follow instructions, and mainly just some copy ‘n pasting.

Will add this post to the Windows 11 page…

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!