OK, In XP, we could drag just about any file or link to the top of the
start menu and it would stay there for easy access.
Unfortunately, the Vista start menu no longer supports this. There are (at
least) two major problems.
1. You can't drag an drop to the start menu in Vista.
Instead, you have to use the "Pin to Start Menu" r-click context menu
Unfortunately, you have to SHIFT-R-Click many files (like Office 2007
shortcuts!) to even see the command.
But it gets MUCH worse...
2. Shortcuts with a network path instead of a local path can not be Pinned
to the Start Menu.
e.g. on a machine named \\NETPC
If the shortcut target is c:\users\username\Desktop\file.xls
Shift-R-CLick presents the "Pin to Start Menu" command
If the shortcut target is:
Neither R-CLick nor Shift-R-Click presents the "Pin to Start Menu"
Unsuccessful workaround attempts:
Changing the 'start in' field to a local Path does not fix the problem.
Also, Vista doesn't let you create a shortcut to a shortcut.
(I tried to Pin a local shortcut (indirect.lnk =>
c:\...\network.lnk & network.lnk=>\\PC...file.xls))
Switching to the Classic Start Menu enables drag and drop and shortcuts to
network paths, but you lose the standard Vista Start Menu.
Why are network shortcuts 'un-Pinnable' on the Vista Start Menu?
Is there a good reason for this? (It seems unlikely)
Is there a workaround? (hotfix, powertoy, registry hack, etc)
Is this scheduled for a fix? If so, when?