Backup and Restore Start Layout in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 65,250
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #60

    JarutheDamaja said:
    Thank you for the guide, it worked flawlessly on the 1903 build. However i don't understand the use of copying the DefaultLayouts.xml file.
    In my testing, backing up the registry entry was enough to do.
    I also noticed that the DefaultLayouts.xml was last updated in March (date modified), and when removed it doesn't get recreated.
    So i just left it there. The test was happening on business machines with certain restrictions and policies active. (For example can't activate "Show more tiles" in Personalisation->Start)

    Hello JarutheDamaja,

    The DefaultLayouts.xml file defines the default Start menu and works with the registry entries for the whole Start layout. Without the .xml file, the Start layout may not be complete.
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  2. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Pro 2004.19033.1 (Insider Preview)
       #61

    Thanks for this guide, i dont know how may times i restored all the tiles manually...
    Now the backup is saved to Onedrive so when reinstalled can get the file from there.
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  3. Posts : 65,250
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #62

    JRSC01 said:
    Thanks for this guide, i dont know how may times i restored all the tiles manually...
    Now the backup is saved to Onedrive so when reinstalled can get the file from there.

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  4. Posts : 4,981
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #63

    I hope this batch script will be helpful.


    Code:
    :: Backup and Restore Start Menu Layout in Windows 10
    
    @Echo Off 
    
    net sess>nul 2>&1||(powershell start cmd -ArgumentList """/c %~0""" -verb Runas & exit)
    
    Cls & Mode CON  LINES=11 COLS=80 & Color 0E & Title Created By FreeBooter
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo           Do You Want to Backup Start Menu Layout in Windows 10 (Y/N)?   
    Echo.       
    Echo.
    Echo.
    
    
    Set /p input= RESPONSE: 
    
    If /i  Not %input%==Y (Goto :_Ex) Else (Goto :_Start) 
    
    :_Ex
    If /i Not %input%==N  (Goto :EOF) Else (Goto :_RegRestore)
    
    
    
    :_Start
    
    Md C:\StartMenuBackup
    
    Reg Export "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount"  C:\StartMenuBackup\Backup.reg /y
    
    Copy /Y "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\DefaultLayouts.xml"  C:\StartMenuBackup
    
    
    
    
    Cls & Mode CON  LINES=11 COLS=50 & Color 0E & Title Created By FreeBooter
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo            Backing up Start Menu Layout
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo. 
    Ping -n 6 localhost >Nul
    Exit
    
    
    :_RegRestore
    
    Reg Delete "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount" /f
    
    Reg Import C:\StartMenuBackup\Backup.reg
    
    Copy /Y C:\StartMenuBackup\DefaultLayouts.xml  "%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Shell"
    
    Cls & Mode CON  LINES=11 COLS=50 & Color 0E & Title Created By FreeBooter
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo            Restoring Start Menu Layout
    Echo.
    Echo.
    Echo. 
    Ping -n 6 localhost >Nul
    
    
    
    
    CHOICE /C YN /M "Press Y to Reboot, N for exiting script."
    
    
    If %errorlevel% == 1 ( Shutdown /r /t 0) Else (Exit)
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