1.    26 Apr 2017 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 1703 (15063.250)

    Cannot export custom start menu layout with build 1703


    Updated to latest version of Creator's Update (15063.250), when I try to export a custom start menu layout for use on other Windows 10 workstations I get an error.

    Under PowerShell (admin) I run: export-startlayout -path c:\teststart.xml

    I get the following in return:

    Code:
    export-startlayout : Element not found.
    Thrown exception in StartTileData.dll
    At line:1 char:1
    + export-startlayout -path c:\teststart.xml
    +~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
         + CategoryInfo    : NotSpecified: (:) [Export-StartLayout], COMException
         + FullyQualifiedErrorID : System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException,Microsoft.Windows.StartLayout.Commands.ExportStartLayoutCommand
    Worked with the previous build of Win 10 just fine.
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  2.    27 Apr 2017 #2
    Join Date : Apr 2017
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 1703 (15063.250)
    Thread Starter

    So apparently the error is because I had all tiles unpinned to have a "Win 7" style start menu. Once I added back one tile, I was able to export the startmenu layout. I'd really like to not have any tiles at all for all users. What would be my options?
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  3.    27 Apr 2017 #3
    Join Date : Feb 2016
    Maribor, Slovenia
    Posts : 8,897
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)

    Quote Originally Posted by wscsuperfan View Post
    So apparently the error is because I had all tiles unpinned to have a "Win 7" style start menu. Once I added back one tile, I was able to export the startmenu layout. I'd really like to not have any tiles at all for all users. What would be my options?
    Hi wscsuperfan and welcome to Tenforums

    Thanks for posting about solution to your problem. You can mark thread as solved, so other users can see it right away.
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  4.    19 Jul 2017 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2017
    Posts : 1
    win10ent

    Quote Originally Posted by wscsuperfan View Post
    What would be my options?
    First of all look into "MDT", if you have not switched to it for imaging then do so asap. (unless your using SCCM which MDT integrates into for imagin). To answer your question when you make your image use the local administrator account. Add NO other accounts to the machine while your make your image. Make all "default user" settings the way you want them including explorer folder layout, startmenu etc... after sysprep and imaging, when you go to push your image set the "copyprofile" flag to true in your unattended.xml file and the administrator profile defaults will be applied correctly to the default user profile.

    I will edit for a small note, taskbar pins do not transfer with default user settings, they have to be handled in a different way.
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  5.    20 Jul 2017 #5
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,971
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Hi, if you don't want tiles, and prefer a Win 7 style start menu, why not get a fully functional start menu for free that is the best of Win 7 + XP and then some? Classic Shell start menu. It just works.

    Proper search configuration options, configurable, supports drag 'n drop, search, launches apps, handles large deeply nested start menus - Win 10's doesn't - etc..

    You can still launch Win 10's start menu, and you only have to close it to be back to Win 10 as is.

    You can configure it as Win 7's, or have it expand in columns across the screen.
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    Yes that's win 10- I pinched the orb for use by CS start menu.
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