Windows 10 – Start Menu Customization

I wanted to customize the Windows 10 Start Menu so that it had a standard interface for all new users. There is a GPO that can do this, however it also locks the user out from pinning their own programs to the Start Menu, which wouldn’t be workable in my case.

To create a standard Start Menu interface that can be customized, you first need to customize a dummy account’s Start Menu the way you’d like it. Once all of the programs are pinned and sized the way you’d like them, in PowerShell run:

Export-StartLayout -Path C:\LayoutModification.xml

This file needs to be copied to C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell

Since I copy this customization as part of a Configuration Manager Task Sequence, I use the following PowerShell:

Copy-Item "LayoutModification.xml" `
 -Destination "$env:SystemDrive\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell"

Any new users logging in to the workstation should now receive a customized Start Menu.

2015-10-28 08_35_31-win7-test-02 on 172.27.53.214

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