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    Reset Start Layout in Windows 10

    How to Reset Start Menu Layout to Default in Windows 10
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    13 Mar 2017
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    How to Reset Start Menu Layout to Default in Windows 10

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    The layout of your Start menu includes how you resized the Start menu or full screen Start, pinned items, how the tiles of pinned items are sized, arranged into groups, and the group names.

    Sometimes the Start menu may become corrupted and will no longer display or work properly.

    This tutorial will show you how to reset the Start menu layout of any user account back to default on your Windows 10 PC.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to reset the Start menu layout.


    EXAMPLE: Default Start menu layout in Windows 10
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    Here's How:

    1. If you haven't already, enable the built-in Administrator account.

    2. Sign out the user account (ex: Brink) with the Start menu layout you want to reset.
    Note   Note
    If you don't sign out of the account (ex: Brink) you want to reset its Start menu layout, you will not be able to reset the account's Start menu layout since it will be in use.


    3. Switch user and sign in to the built-in Administrator account.

    4. Add a new local account on your PC. You can name (ex: New Account) this account anything you like.
    Note   Note
    The Start menu layout of this new local account will be used to replace the Start menu layout you want to reset for the account from step 2.


    5. Switch user and sign in to the new local account (ex: New Account) to have its user profile folder created.

    6. Sign out of the new local account.
    Note   Note
    If you don't sign out of the new local account (ex: New Account), you will not be able to copy it's Start menu layout to reset the Start menu layout of the account (ex: Brink) from step 2 since the new local account will be in use.


    7. Sign in to the built-in Administrator account again.

    8. Set to show hidden files and folders. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Open File Explorer, and open the hidden TileDataLayer folder below for the account (ex: Brink) you want to reset its Start menu layout.

    C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer

    Note   Note
    Substitute <user name> in the folder path above with the actual user name of the account (ex: Brink) you want to reset its Start menu layout.

    For example: C:\Users\Brink\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer


    10. Right click or press and hold on the Database folder from step 9, click/tap on Rename, rename the folder to Database.old, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    The Database.old folder will serve as a backup of this account's (ex: Brink) current Start menu layout.


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    11. Open a separate File Explorer window, and open the hidden TileDataLayer folder below for the new local account (ex: New Account).

    C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer

    Note   Note
    Substitute <user name> in the folder path above with the actual user name of the new local account (ex: New Account) from step 4.

    For example: C:\Users\New account\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer


    12. Right click or press and hold on the Database folder from step 11, click/tap on Copy, and close this File Explorer window. (see screenshot below)

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    13. Right click or press and hold on an empty area in the TileDataLayer folder from step 9, click/tap on Paste, and close this File Explorer window. (see screenshot below)

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    14. If you like, you can set to don't show hidden files and folders anymore.

    15. If you like, you can delete the new local account (ex: New Account) from step 4 on your PC.

    16. The next time the user (ex: Brink) from step 2 signs in, their Start menu layout will be reset back to default.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 23,679
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
       22 Jun 2016 #1

    This tutorial has been updated to work again.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 1,023
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       22 Jun 2016 #2

    Thanks Brink! I will work through this tutorial tomorrow when I go to fix my mom's Desktop PC's Start Menu.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 23,679
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       23 Jun 2016 #3

    You're most welcome Jesse. Please let us know how it went.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 1,023
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       23 Jun 2016 #4

    Brink (Shawn)... It worked like a charm. However, I did have to uninstall and reinstall some apps though that I had hidden from the Start Menu that weren't showing up any previews for the Tiles. Anyway, it is all fixed now and now I know how to fix it. Thanks again!
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 23,679
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       23 Jun 2016 #5

    Great news Jesse.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    06 Sep 2016 #6

    Saw this on the MDL site and haven't yet tested it but if someone wishes to try here it is and you might need to restart the computer a number of times to rebuild it according to the post

    Copy & Paste the following in a textfile and save as "Tilegone.cmd", run as Admin:
    Code:
    @net.exe session >nul 2>&1
    @if ErrorLevel 1 (echo "Run as Administrator" & pause && exit)

    sc stop tiledatamodelsvc
    move /y %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\OLD_TileDataLayer
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    09 Sep 2016 #7

    Thanks for this Brink.
    I had a phantom shortcut in the all apps start menu that I couldn't remove after many attempts of different types and this fix work like a charm.
    I should have came here in the first place, as it would have saved me a lot of aggravation.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 23,679
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       09 Sep 2016 #8

    I'm glad it could help GreyThorne.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 99
    Dual-boot Win 7 & 10, both Pro 64-bit
       06 Nov 2016 #9

    Brink - do your steps continue to work in the latest Win 10 (after Anniversary and all current updates)?
    Also, will I lose, for example, Start menu links to my recently installed Office 365 Home?
    Finally, do these steps change only Start or also other things, like toolbars or what shows at the bottom?
    Thanks again.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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