Broken Start Menu since October update, any help is appreciated.

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  1. Posts : 24,671
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #11

    camrobert said:
    Everything seemed fine... restarted a bunch of times, and all looked peachy.
    and then...
    It's back again, YAY. Unreal... I guess I have no other option other than wiping everything. Sigh. Thank you Windows. ''
    There's something odd in your screenshot. The group names 'Create' and 'Play' are there, but have no tiles in them. When I unpin the last tile from a group its group name disappears. It doesn't appear possible to have an empty group, so I don't see how the names can be there in isolation.

    Do you sign in with a local account or a Microsoft Account? I use a local account. Could it be that it's being synced in some way to a Start menu on another device and that's repopulating Start? @Brink, over to you....
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  2. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #12

    Bree said:
    There's something odd in your screenshot. The group names 'Create' and 'Play' are there, but have no tiles in them. When I unpin the last tile from a group its group name disappears. It doesn't appear possible to have an empty group, so I don't see how the names can be there in isolation.

    Do you sign in with a local account or a Microsoft Account? I use a local account. Could it be that it's being synced in some way to a Start menu on another device and that's repopulating Start? @Brink, over to you....
    Thanks Bree.
    I am using a local account. I think it creates empty group names because I don't have those apps installed on my PC (I removed them with a command script).
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 1809
       #13

    Solution for blank/custom start menu layout


    Hey there, I know this is a week old now but I just did a fresh install of 1809 and have this problem. I see that you want a blank start menu, and believe it or not I have a solution that actually works in that situation. This will require you to rebuild your account again, and you'll have to run it from an account you no longer plan on using (I used the built-in Administrator account to accomplish this).

    Create a file called "Start.xml" and place it on your C:\ drive or any folder you like. Then create a script called "Start.ps1", and place it in the same directory you placed "Start.xml." You'll then need to run Powershell as Administrator and run this command (without the quotes): "powershell.exe -executionpolicy bypass -noprofile .\Start.ps1"

    This will apply a blank start menu layout to any new user that logs into the computer for the first time. I've tested this method with both blank and custom start layouts and have had success, although I have not tested pinning apps and rebooting a few times to see if it resets back to a blank slate. In any case, this should accomplish what you're looking for. Contents of each file is below:

    Start.xml
    Code:
    <LayoutModificationTemplate xmlns:defaultlayout="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/FullDefaultLayout" xmlns:start="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/StartLayout" Version="1" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/LayoutModification">
      <LayoutOptions StartTileGroupCellWidth="6" />
      <DefaultLayoutOverride>
        <StartLayoutCollection>
          <defaultlayout:StartLayout GroupCellWidth="6" />
        </StartLayoutCollection>
      </DefaultLayoutOverride>
    </LayoutModificationTemplate>
    Start.ps1
    Code:
    Import-StartLayout -LayoutPath $PSScriptRoot\Start.xml -MountPath $env:SystemDrive\
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 1809
       #14

    camrobert said:
    Thanks Bree.
    I am using a local account. I think it creates empty group names because I don't have those apps installed on my PC (I removed them with a command script).
    I just noticed the last line in your comment. I also used a Powershell script to remove the default bloatware. Now I'm wondering if this is related.
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