Start (Windows Configuration Designer reference)

Use Start settings to apply a customized Start screen to devices.

Applies to

Setting Desktop editions Mobile editions Surface Hub HoloLens IoT Core
StartLayout X X
StartLayoutFilePath X


The StartLayout setting is available in the advanced provisioning for Windows 10 desktop editions, but should only be used to apply a layout to Windows 10 Mobile devices. For desktop editions, use Policies > StartLayout.


Use StartLayout to select the LayoutModification.xml file that applies a customized Start screen to a mobile device.


The XML file that defines the Start layout for Windows 10 Mobile must be named LayoutModification.xml.

For more information, see Start layout XML for mobile editions of Windows 10).


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