Windows 10: Resetting Win 10 Start Menu Solved

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  1.    27 Sep 2015 #1

    Resetting Win 10 Start Menu

    Is it possible to reset the win 10 start menu to the day I installed win 10? I'm having all kind of little issues with it now that I didn't before and I'd like to reset.

    I know there was a method to do this in the preview builds but that doesn't seem to work anymore.
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
       27 Sep 2015 #2

    Found this: by bobbyleeindc

    My Windows 10 start menu was all messed up (double width, no tiles, etc.) after recreating a user profile. All I did was copy the folder called "C:\Users\[user profile name]\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer" from a good profile to the one that was messed up and it restored it. Hope that helps someone.

    To do this, you need 3 accounts.

    You existing account
    Enabled Administrator account
    One other account. Just create a temp account then login as it so the TileDataLayer folder. Note it must be an Administrator level account so make sure that is the case.

    Enable the Hidden Administrator account by opening a Elevated Command Prompt and entering:

    net user administrator /active:yes and press Enter.

    Logoff your normal account, login as Administrator so the TileDataLayer folder gets created.
    Logoff Administrator.
    Login as the new temp account.

    Using File Explorer, navigate to C:\Users\[user profile name]\AppData\Local.
    Rename TileDataLayer to TileDataLayer-old
    Using File Explorer, navigate to C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Local.
    Right click and copy TileDataLayer then navigate to C:\Users\[user profile name]\AppData\Local.
    Right click and Paste.

    That should have copied the TileDataLayer folder from Administrator to your normal account. The original should still be there as TileDataLayer-old.

    Logoff the temp account, login as your normal account. See if the Start menu is now the default one. If any problems delete TileDataLayer and rename TileDataLayer-old to TileDataLayer.
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  3.    28 Sep 2015 #3

    Thanks Ztruker I'll give it a try.
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  4. Almighty1's Avatar
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    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
       23 Oct 2015 #4

    This used to work on the original Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 10 on August 11, 2015 and also the in-place upgrade installs of build 10240 until October 18, 2015. Then after the Security Update came out on October 19, 2015, all the reinstalls I did, when I copy the database folder, it really needs just the .db file, it no longer works. When it did work, I had to copy the file from the good account while logged in to the problem account or else it won't work. Now after replacing the file, the start menu won't open when I click on it until I delete the .db file. The copying and delete is done when the tiledatamodelsvc is stopped.

    I have a question, does Windows actually query Microsoft or does it have a template somewhere when creating the default tiles because I noticed the August 11, 2015 install had default live tiles but everything in the live tiles are apps that are on the system while the in-place upgrade done on September 12, 2015 and even now, the default tiles are apps that are on the system plus it will have tiles for I<3Radio, Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta, Flipboard, all three apps that are not even installed on the system. Is there a way to have a tile that just links to a app in the store or is there a way to install a app, uninstall and keep the tile instead of deleting it?
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  5. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Enterprise
       29 Feb 2016 #5

    Work great on Windows 10 Enterprise (full updated at February 29, 2016)
    Thanks a lot Ztruker !!!!

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  6. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Enterprise
       29 Feb 2016 #6

    How to copy the "TileDataLayer" folder fast.

    To copy the "TileDataLayer" folder.

    When you try to copy the "C:\Users\usename\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer" folder you received the following message for certain files:

    "The action can't be completed because the file is open in State Repository Service"

    So at left Open Service Window and go at "Tile Data model server" service. This service can be stop but just during some seconds.
    So we need to stop it many time so we can copy all files of "TitleDataLayer" folder.

    At right Open Explorer.exe Window and go at "C:\Users\usename\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer".
    Press right mouse button and press "Copy". Choose another folder and press "Paste"

    The copy begins and when you received the message above just stop the service again. Continue to copy. Do that until all files are copied.

    Enjoy !

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  7. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 6,399
    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
       29 Feb 2016 #7

    Maybe disable the service,then stop it. Start and enable when done?
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  8.    14 Apr 2017 #8

    'TileDataLayer' seen not work in win10 1703
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
       14 Apr 2017 #9
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  10.    18 Jul 2017 #10

    followed the above instructions and still nothing.. any other ideas? thanks!
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