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Webcast: W10 startLayout ability for user to change it

Hi all,


I watched the PDQ Live sessions about removing advertising in W10 and deploying a default start menu with a lot of interest!

Now we want to apply a default start menu layout but let the users customize it if they want without enforcing our standard again.

With 8.1 we used to put it into the default user inside our WDS image but we are not using WDS anymore since PDQ of course! :D

Is there a way to apply a default start menu layout to ALL users on W10 and let them have the ability to customize it afterwards without overwriting it trough GPO? So apply it once and when applied to the user don't touch it? GPO just applies it every time and overrides the users customization's.





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  • Are you doing this on the Computer Configuration or User configuration side? I'd recommend User configuration side, and then making sure this "Apply Once and do not reapply" setting is checked on the GPO:


  • Hi Stephen I'm using Computer Configuration in GPO because I want the default to be the same for all users. But your settings is something im missing...? In the GPO Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Start Menu and Taskbar>Start Layout I only have the option to define the .xml with the default layout. not the option to stop deloying after it succeeded..

  • This is what my XML looks like for Windows 10.   This Sets Two Specific Rows the user CAN'T change, but allows them to manually add their own.   I have set it so by default everyone can see the office products and for the HelpDesk they can see the control panel/computer/things like that.


    <LayoutModificationTemplate Version="1" xmlns="">
    <DefaultLayoutOverride LayoutCustomizationRestrictionType="OnlySpecifiedGroups">
    <defaultlayout:StartLayout GroupCellWidth="6" xmlns:defaultlayout="">
    <start:Group Name="Windows" xmlns:start="">
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Windows.Computer" />
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="2" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Windows.ControlPanel" />
    <start:Tile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="2" AppUserModelID="windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy!" />
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Windows.Explorer" />
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="4" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.InternetExplorer.Default" />
    <start:Group Name="Microsoft Office" xmlns:start="">
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="4" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Office.ONENOTE.EXE.15" />
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Office.lync.exe.15" />
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Office.OUTLOOK.EXE.15" />
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="2" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Office.WINWORD.EXE.15" />
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="2" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Office.EXCEL.EXE.15" />
    <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="4" Row="2" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Office.POWERPNT.EXE.15" />

  • Really useful! thanks.