Start Layout - Backup and Restore in Windows 10

    Start Layout - Backup and Restore in Windows 10

    How to Backup and Restore Start Menu Layout in Windows 10
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    How to Backup and Restore Start Menu Layout in Windows 10

    information   Information
    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.

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

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to back up and restore a Start menu layout.

    Note   Note
    This can be handy if you do not want to have to setup your Start menu layout from scratch again. Say after a clean install of Windows 10.

    You can restore the backup of a Start menu layout to any user account on the PC.


    CONTENTS:


    EXAMPLE: Start menu layout in Windows 10
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    Start Layout - Backup and Restore in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Start Layout - Backup and Restore in Windows 10
    To Backup Start Menu Layout of an Account

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


    3. Sign in to the built-in Administrator account.

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

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

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


    6. Right click or press and hold on the Database folder, and click/tap on Copy. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Browse to the folder location where you want to save a copy of the Database folder, right click or press and hold on an empty area in this save to folder, and click/tap on Paste.
    Note   Note
    This Database folder is the backup of the Start menu layout for the account from step 2.



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

    9. When finished, you can close File Explorer if you like.






    Start Layout - Backup and Restore in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Start Layout - Backup and Restore in Windows 10
    To Restore Start Menu Layout to an Account

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

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


    3. Sign in to the built-in Administrator account.

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

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

    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 restore a Start menu layout to.

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


    6. Right click or press and hold on the Database folder from step 2, 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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    7. Open a separate File Explorer window, browse to where you saved the backup of the Database folder created using Option One, right click or press and hold on the Database folder, click/tap on Copy, and close this File Explorer window.

    8. Right click or press and hold on an empty area in the TileDataLayer folder from step 5, click/tap on Paste, and close this File Explorer window. (see screenshot below)

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

    10. The next time the user (ex: Brink) from step 2 signs in, their Start menu layout will be restored to how it was from the backup.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-06-22 #1

    This tutorial has been updated to work again.
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