Cannot move start menu tiles

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  1. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 64

    Cannot move start menu tiles

    I cannot move the tiles on the start menu.
    As soon as I try to click and drag one it immediately disapears, only to reappear in the original location when I reboot.
    Everything else seems to work with them, I can pin new apps (although I haven't worked out how to get them in a correct group) unpin and resize.
    Is there a lock on option on the start menu?
    My rig is Windows 10 64 with Nvidia GTX580.
    Thanks in advance for your help
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  2. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, you've no doubt searched for solutions- maybe someone here knows sthg specific.

    I've spent time trying to address certain apparently very specific issues and the poster has then simply done an in-place upgrade repair install.
    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
    The sledgehammer approach may end up being the quickest.. hopefully. If not, then the answer's some setting, or user profile corruption not corrected by the repair. SFC /Scannow is reported not to have worked, but you're welcome to try of course.

    However, you may be lucky and someone here will have worked through this. A quick search of the forum didn't show an obvious solution- you may do better.
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  3. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 64
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for your reply, I've been putting off using an in-place upgrade or repair, everything else works perfectly and I've got the rig how I want it. Don't want to jeopardise that for what is a minor irritation, a job for later perhaps.

    There seem to be a lot of reported issues re start menu tiles, unfortunately no direct solutions, that I can find, which might be relevant to this specific issue.
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  4. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Mmm, I know how you feel - having done a couple of in-place repairs to solve what would seem to be a very focused issue, they are relatively painless apart from the time. However, always use disk imaging, update before any major change, remember to turn system restore back on afterwards, check your Wifi connection...

    Having the option is an advantage of Win 10 with the periodic major upgrades meaning the number of outstanding updates is less than in, say, Win 7.
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  5. Posts : 23,195
    Windows 10

    One thing a while back that could fix strange oddities like this was to temporarily enable Tablet Mode

    Open the Action Centre
    Turn on Tablet Mode (should all now go full screen)
    Try moving the tiles now and see if they stick
    Open Action Centre and turn off Tablet Mode
    Should look normal again, see if it makes any difference now
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  6. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 64
    Thread Starter

    First I couldn't go into tablet mode, then discovered it only workswith 1 monitor so I disconnected my 2nd monitor. Unfortunately same symptems in Table mode.
    One interesting side effect in Tablet mode was that on restart in comes up with a brief message
    Critical process died - yes I'm shutting down. No other helpfull information. to indicate what the problem might be.
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  7. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    I forgot the obvious question.. were you able to do this formerly, and if so, do you have any idea what happened before you found you couldn't?
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  8. Posts : 15
    Windows 10 64
    Thread Starter

    After my upgrade from Windows 7 64 to Windows 10 it worked.
    End of November I did a fresh install of Windows 10. Never got round to trying to move icons until recently so don't know if it ever worked under the new install, it was not something I bothered to check. So not able to identify if it was that or something since.

    Done an sfc /scannow no problems although it did complain that could not fix something - looked like it was a dll for the graphica card but I have a Nividia driver installed (GTX580). Could be related, difficult to make sense of the log file.
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  9. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Sounds like assuming you had your high res. dual monitor config originally it's nothing to do with that - the 1 dll error sthg like open*.dll is a known peculiarity of an Nvidia driver and SFC /SCANNOW so sounds like nothing there.. good news.

    Just a random idea- have you tried changing the tile settings- show more tiles, full screen on and off?

    This post indicates someone got it working.. how is unclear to me.
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  10. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, I'll put this in a different post as it will be longer:

    1. Complicated solution (maybe)
    Local Group Policy Editor :: User Configuration :: Administrative Templates :: Start Menu and Taskbar :: Start Screen Layout .

    - which says
    Specifies the Start layout for users.

    This setting lets you specify the Start layout for users and prevents them from changing its configuration. The Start layout you specify must be stored in an XML file that was generated by the Export-StartLayout PowerShell cmdlet.
    To use this setting, you must first manually configure a device's Start layout to the desired look and feel. Once you are done, run the Export-StartLayout PowerShell cmdlet on that same device. The cmdlet will generate an XML file representing the layout you configured.

    Once the XML file is generated and moved to the desired file path, type the fully qualified path and name of the XML file. You can type a local path, such as C:\StartLayouts\myLayout.xml or a UNC path, such as \\Server\Share\Layout.xml. If the specified file is not available when the user logs on, the layout won't be changed. Users cannot customize their Start screen while this setting is enabled.

    If you disable this setting or do not configure it, the Start screen layout won't be changed and users will be able to customize it.

    Simpler solution (maybe)
    How to lock metro tiles in windows 8.1 - Microsoft Community

    This tool may well offer you a way to 'unlock' the tiles.
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