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    Backup and Restore Folders on Start List in Windows 10

    How to Backup and Restore Folders on Start List in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Backup & Restore
    01 Oct 2020
    Designer Media Ltd

    How to Backup and Restore Folders on Start List in Windows 10


    The Start menu in Windows 10 has a Start list that you can choose which folders appear on Start in the list. You can add or remove the File Explorer, Settings, your Documents, your Downloads, your Music, your Pictures, your Videos, Network, and Personal folder to your Start list to open from your Start menu.

    This tutorial will show you how to back up and restore the folders on Start list of any user account on your Windows 10 PC.

    This will only backup and restore which folders will appear on the Start list, and not the content of these folders.



    Contents

    • Option One: To Backup Folders on Start List of Current Account
    • Option Two: To Restore Folders on Start List to Current Account



    EXAMPLE: Folders on Start List in Windows 10
    Backup and Restore Folders on Start List in Windows 10-folder_on_start.jpg Backup and Restore Folders on Start List in Windows 10-folders_on_start_settings.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    To Backup Folders on Start List of Current Account


    1 Sign in to the user account you want to backup its folders on Start list.

    2 Press the Win + R keys to open Run, type regedit into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    3 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount\$de${GUID}$$windows.data.unifiedtile.startglobalproperties\Current

    Substitute {GUID} for this account's unique registry key (ex: "{7aa6b0cd-95d6-40c5-97d3-200c1e6b8ee8}") in the path above.

    For example:
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount\$de${7aa6b0cd-95d6-40c5-97d3-200c1e6b8ee8}$$windows.data.unifiedtile.startglobalproperties\Current
    Backup and Restore Folders on Start List in Windows 10-folder_on_start_regedit-1.jpg

    4 Right click on the Current key in the left pane of Registry Editor, and click/tap on Export. (see screenshot above)

    5 Navigate to where you want to export this Current key to as a .reg file, type a file name (ex: "My_folders_on_Start") you want for this .reg file, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)

    This .reg file is the backup of the current account's folders on Start list.

    Backup and Restore Folders on Start List in Windows 10-folder_on_start_regedit-2.png

    6 You can now close Registry Editor if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Restore Folders on Start List of Current Account


    1 Sign in to the user account you want to restore a backup of folders on Start list.

    2 Right click on the .reg file (ex: "My_folders_on_Start.reg") created using Option One, and click/tap on Edit.

    3 Correct the GUID (ex: "{7aa6b0cd-95d6-40c5-97d3-200c1e6b8ee8}") in the .reg file to match the GUID for this account at the same registry key as step 3 in Option One above. Click/tap on File on the menu bar, and click/tap on Save to save your changes. (see screenshot below)

    Backup and Restore Folders on Start List in Windows 10-guid.png

    4 Double click/tap on the .reg file (ex: "My_folders_on_Start.reg") created using Option One.

    5 When prompted, click/tap on Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve merging the .reg file.

    6 Restart the explorer process or sign out and sign in to apply.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 155
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       #1

    how to know which is my GUID? @Brink
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  2. Posts : 68,216
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       #2

    @SM03,

    It'll just be whatever GUID is there for that key for the account.
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  3. Posts : 623
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       #3

    SM03 said:
    how to know which is my GUID? @Brink
    @Brink
    I have the same question. Which one?
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  4. Posts : 68,216
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    Thread Starter
       #4

    It'll be whatever GUID is there for the key. You would need to look at what is after the GUID to find it.

    $de${GUID}$$windows.data.unifiedtile.startglobalproperties
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  5. Posts : 623
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       #5

    I just did a search for "startglobalproperties". It seems like that is what you have to look for.

    There are 2.

    $de${41804dc3-8358-4a75-a0cc-0f5daa274930}$$windows.data.unifiedtile.localstartglobalproperties
    $de${41804dc3-8358-4a75-a0cc-0f5daa274930}$$windows.data.unifiedtile.startglobalproperties

    One is local, and one not.
    So, it looks like we need to backup the non-local one.
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  6. Posts : 68,216
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       #6

    Correct.
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  7. Posts : 623
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    @Brink
    Is there a HowTo on backing up start screen tiles?
    I have sometimes lost them in the past. I had to set it all up again.

    By the way. Should Option 1 and 2 be Step 1 and 2?
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  8. Posts : 68,216
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       #8

    Stigg said:
    @Brink
    Is there a HowTo on backing up start screen tiles?
    I have sometimes lost them in the past. I had to set it all up again.

    By the way. Should Option 1 and 2 be Step 1 and 2?
    I have it has option 1 and 2 since backup and restore are technically separate actions.

    Sure, you can use the tutorial below to backup the complete Start layout including tiles.

    Backup and Restore Start Layout in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  9. Posts : 623
    Windows 10 Pro
       #9

    Thank you, Shawn.
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