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Windows 10 Start Menu Export/Import Snafu

11/15/2016 1465 views
Good day Ninjas,

I've been working on creating a new Win10 Enterprise image with a computer and touchscreen display that will be in use as a publicly available AV machine.

The goal is to have a full Start menu at login with the following icons.

3 hard-coded shortcuts to our homepage for browser preference. (IE, Chrome, Firefox)
1 shortcut to our email provider.
3 for our Help Desk (Kace ticket submissions forms for different campuses, etc)
Office 2016 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
VLC
An audio recorder
A file explorer location for recorded events, stored on the computer.

Logged in as admin, I've set up my Start menu how I'd like it to appear. I then run Powershell as admin to export it (CustomStart.xml) onto my desktop.
I then move this .XML file to a location on C:\, set to hidden, and then I set both Computer and User GPOs to enable the Start layout, pointing to my XML file.

I run a policy update and restart.
I then login as a new user who hasn't logged in before and while the Start menu appears with the proper icons, the layout has changed. What should've been in one place is now in another.
Then I log out, and log back in as admin again and now my Office 2016 applications are gone from my Start menu.

For reference: I'm setting the Start layout GPO in both Computer and Users. Not sure if I need to pick just one or the other.
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  • Try importing the start layout right after your export it. If you are capturing the image with this set in the Administrator account, you also want to set the CopyProfile=True in your Unattend.xml.
    • I did and am testing a new image now.

      Oddly, even doing that, sometimes it works sometimes it screws up. We'll see what happens.

      I opted to go with setting the GPO in the Computer config instead of the User config. Seems to be a more consistent application of the Start menu.

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