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How to customize Windows 10 Taskbar?

04/26/2017 4836 views
I have been banging my head on this for several days now. For Windows 10 Enterprise, I have the Windows 10 taskbar with File Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and VLC Player.  I want to apply this taskbar setup to all who log into the computer. I have created the taskbar.xml (MS reference) and applied it with Group Policy. After signing out and back in, I get the icons for Edge, File Explorer, MS Store, Firefox, Chrome. It doesn't seem to make any sense. I am including the xml information below for the taskbar.xml.  Anyone have an idea why this is acting weird? Since the coding formatter here in the post wasn't showing all the code, I have removed all of the < and > signs at the beginning and ends of the lines of code.

Other references:

?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8”?
CustomTaskbarLayoutCollection PinListPlacement="Replace"
taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\System Tools\File Explorer.lnk" /
taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Mozilla Firefox.lnk" /
taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Google Chrome.lnk" /
taskbar:DesktopApp DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\VideoLAN\VLC media player.lnk" /
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  • AAnschutz, Are you using this as a user logon script?
  • I am trying to set this up on our Windows 10 Gold image.
  • AH! Just running the xml will not remove the standard windows shortcuts. It just adds to the taskbar. When you ran sysprep, Did you check copy this profile as default? (something like that) have found a GPO that we use to remove the windows store from taskbar.
  • I did check the option to copy this profile as default. Our team has the GPO from the server that removes the store and adds the inability to add it to the computer. So the update to my request from above, is stopping Edge from showing and adding VLC player to the task bar.

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