Windows 10: Using CopyProfile for the “Start Menu” has been deprecated.
Windows 10 1803 ((tbd))
Windows 10 1709 (Fall Creators update)
Windows 10 1703 (Creators update)
Windows 10 1607 (Anniversary update) / Windows Server 2016
Windows 10 1511 (November update)
Windows 10 1507 (RTM)
- Start Menu does not work at all.
- Start Menu (and cortana) will become unresponsive, leaving users without a working Start Menu
Q: Moving forward we can no longer expect CopyProfile to set the Start Layout, pined Items and customized backgrounds? Is that correct?
A: That is correct. "The Start Menu Product Group does not support customizing the Start layout with copyprofile. "
“Using CopyProfile for Start menu customization isn't supported. Here are the ways to manage custom Start layouts in Windows 10:
- OEMs can use layoutmodification.xml. See Customize the Start layout for more information.
- IT pros can use the following resources learn about managing the Windows 10 Start Menu:
Customize the Default User Profile by Using CopyProfile
Q: Are other portions of CopyProfile still supported in Windows 10?
A: Yes, everything in CopyProfile except the “Start Menu” and “Taskbar” layout are supported in Windows 10.
Q: What’s the alternative to customize the “Start Menu” during a deployment or imaging?
A: Use the Group Policy:
User or Computer / Administrative Templates/Start Menu and Taskbar/Start Layout
Pimp my Windows 10 – Business Customization Reference
Q: How does it work?
A: Import-Startlayout modifies the default user profile. All new users that login after import-startlayout has been run will get the new StartLayout.
Q: I want to be able to 'force' some items to be pinned but I also want my end-users to be able to customize their own apps in the Start Menu.
A: To be able to get the end-users to pin their own Start-menu items, there is a ‘Partial Lockdown’ where you need to specify “OnlySpecifiedGroups”
Locate the <DefaultLayoutOverride> section and add a parameter as detailed below.
Customize and export Start layout
Windows 10 Start Layout Customization
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