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Windows 8.1 Deploying Default Metro Apps

08/04/2015 1241 views
we currently have 8 of the HP Elite Tablets that we use but we are about to roll out another 150 of them.  We need to have a way to have the same set of Metro apps on the start page of all the devices and would like to push this through the K2000.  has anyone been able to standardize this for windows 8.1?
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Which apps are you looking to deploy?  I have done this with SCCM but the issue is usually that you do not have the actual 'bits' (.appx installer files) to deploy the application.  

The Modern applications are also installed per user.. meaning you will have to provision the image which will then install them when a new user logs in:

Details here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh824882.aspx

Answered 08/04/2015 by: GAKIS
Fourth Degree Green Belt

  • we are looking to have only the calculator, 5 different links that are used in app mode and a couple other apps on the metro page...
    • i setup 1 exactly the way i wanted it but i cannot figure out how to deploy that "set" of apps to each start page of the others.

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If you want to deploy a customized Metro screen configuration (not actually install any apps) here`s how to do it.

On your PC that you have customized you need to create the Template.  Open a powershell window and execute this command if you want to deploy your configuration with an SCCM task sequence:

Export-StartLayout -As Bin -Path C:\Temp\StartLayout.bin

Copy the bin file just created to your SCCM server share and deploy as usual.

For Group policy deployment run this command:

export-startlayout –path C:\Temp\StartLayout .xml -as xml

then copy the xml file just created and deploy via group Policy.





Answered 08/05/2015 by: KevinViolette
5th Degree Black Belt

  • Please note that this replaces the default metro screen configuration...therefore does not affect any user profiles that have already logged in. That`s why i include it in my task sequence during Imaging.
  • thanks Kevin for the great ideas...but we do not use SCCM...we use Kace for imaging. but I think i can get it to work through kace based on the information you have given.
    • I have never seen Kace but assume is somewhat similar. Good luck.
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