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How To Fix : Can’t Unpin Network Location in Windows 10

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I was setting up my computer after updating to Windows 10. After using the Add a network location wizard, I discovered that it doesn’t let me open the files. So I used the “map network drive” tool. Now, I’m unable to unpin any of them from the Quick Access menu like other shortcuts. How do I unpin it from there? Thanks!” – Melanie W., United Kingdom

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Windows 10 is usually very stable. Windows 10 was running on more than 14 million devices 24 hours after its release. This version of Windows went through a long period of beta testing before it was finally released. However, people do occasionally experience some issues.

Here, we will be looking at an issue where a user is unable to Unpin a Network Folder from Jump List in Windows 10.

Problem

The user is unable to unpin shortcuts from the Quick Access bar in Windows 10.

Windows 10 -- Quick Access - Cover - 2 - Windows Wally

Solution

Here are some ways to fix the “Unpinning Network locations from Quick Access toolbar” problem.

Restart The Computer 

Try turning it off and on again. This is the simplest and often the most effective thing you can do when a computer does something unexpected. Try restarting the computer and see if it helps fix the problem.

Try Using The DISM Command

DISM is a command line tool built into Windows Vista, Windows 8 and Windows 10. It can be used to fix the Windows installation backup image. No need to worry about the technical stuff. All you have to do is follow these instructions:

Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.

Windows 10 -- WIndowsKey+X - Command Prompt (Admin) - Windows Wally

Now, type the following in Command Prompt and press Enter

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

You will need to connect to an internet connection, because this command uses Windows update to download any missing Windows system files.

If you don’t want to use the internet, then please read a more comprehensive guide on how to use the DISM tool here.

Try Using The SFC /ScanNow Command

  1. Press Windows Key+X > click Command Prompt (Admin)
    0x800f081f - Windows 10 - Sleep Mode - WIndowsKey+X - Command Prompt (Admin) -- Windows Wally
  2. Type the command sfc /scannow > press Enter
    0x800f081f - Windows 10 - Sleep Mode - sfc scannow -- Windows Wally

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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