I know with 1703 Microsoft changed the way in which start menu tiles are used, but our 1703 base image had no issues with removing everything from the start menu in our golden image and that carrying over into new domain joined accounts. Now with 1709 this is not the case.
Do to some other odd technical issues with 1703 we need to push to 1709 ASAP but now even importing start layout through GPO isn't working correctly either. 
We use pin10 during first logon to customize our start menus based on location  the worker is but without being able to correctly clear the startmenu tiles before that runs it causes a bit of a headache.

I used the word "start layout" from this technet article

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  • Did you export your XML file on a 1709 machine? I found that when we moved from 1607 to 1703 I had to make a new layout file.
  • Up until 1709 we haven't had an issue with removing the items in our golden image and that carrying over to new/domain accounts on the computer. I did not try using a start layout from a 1709 machine. I will work on testing that as soon as I can this week.

    • My recommendation is that you start working on moving away from a golden image. Scripted installs are really the better option and you will get more support from Microsoft using tools and methods related to that form of deployment.
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