5 comments on “Customizing the Windows 10 Start Menu for Enterprises

  1. Winding up to a deployment of Windows 10 in an enterprise environment, and this was excellent information to have in advance. Thanks for the work putting this together.

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  2. The below was sent to me via e-mail, and I wanted to pass it along in case anyone wants to test it out. I haven’t had a chance to do so but will update this post if / when I do.

    Pinning a path across users: explorer.exe /e, “c:\the\path”

    Also, have you tried restarting explorer.exe to rebuild the app menu database after the machine is already booted?

    Finally, you can create pinned shortcuts on a per-user basis through:
    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\StartMenu

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  3. Hey I found the culprit behind all these errors! The thing is that, for the tiles to be added or removed, the tile shortcuts must first be added or removed from the “All Apps” database view of each of the target users, before exporting the layout to xml and applying it for the update.

    What one has to do is add or remove all “.lnk” shortcuts (set as tiles on the start screen) to or from “All users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs” folder of the target computer. This makes the required shortcuts available to each of the target users on that target computer.

    Then one is required to login to each target user, one by one, for whom the start screen is applied and open the “All Apps” view of each one. Wait until all the newly added or removed “.lnk” shortcuts show up on or disappear from “All Apps” database view for each target user. This can be done for updating a previously existing Start layout for all these users also.

    Then login to any profile from which you wish to arrange and customize the Start layout and export it as xml. When the xml Start Layout GPO is applied, all the shortcuts that are present in the “All Apps” database view of the target users are going to show up flawlessly in the applied Start layout for those users.

    And no, there is no need to get this right the first time, or to delete any profile if anything went wrong. Any missing tiles in any of the profiles can be obtained back by repeating the above steps, and then exporting the layout, just once, for every update of the Start layout for all the users, and then logging in to the target profiles.

    Thanks to the instructions from the admins on this site I stumbled upon the answer accidentally while trying to fix my system. Cheers! 🙂

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    • Thanks for the comment and I’m glad you found this information helpful.

      The key difference between how you seem to be approaching things and the way we do here is we are not (and cannot) log on as each target user. We have hundreds of people using each computer so this is simply impossible, and honestly it should not be necessary if the shortcuts are present in the proper locations.

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