Win10: Start Customization with LayoutModification.xml


So I have made a first pass at configuring the Start (Bar? Window? Screen?).  Once thing to note is that while I made the proper configuration in my LayoutModification.xml with Internet Explorer, for some reason it no workie.  I’ll have to check back on that configuration.2015-10-29_15-43-53


LayoutModification.xml

To customize Start, you need a LayoutModification.xml file.  The file below will customize it like my screenshot above (and Internet Explorer will be missing)

<LayoutModificationTemplate Version="1" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/LayoutModification">
  <DefaultLayoutOverride>
    <StartLayoutCollection>
      <defaultlayout:StartLayout GroupCellWidth="6" xmlns:defaultlayout="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/FullDefaultLayout">
        <start:Group Name="Windows" xmlns:start="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/StartLayout">
          <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!microsoft.windows.immersivecontrolpanel" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Windows.Explorer" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="1x1" Column="0" Row="4" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Windows.Shell.RunDialog" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="4" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.InternetExplorer.Default" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="1x1" Column="1" Row="4" DesktopApplicationID="{D65231B0-B2F1-4857-A4CE-A8E7C6EA7D27}\cmd.exe" />
        </start:Group>
        <start:Group Name="Microsoft Office" xmlns:start="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/StartLayout">
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="2" DesktopApplicationID="{7C5A40EF-A0FB-4BFC-874A-C0F2E0B9FA8E}\Microsoft Office\Office16\WINWORD.EXE" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="4" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="{7C5A40EF-A0FB-4BFC-874A-C0F2E0B9FA8E}\Microsoft Office\Office16\ONENOTE.EXE" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="{7C5A40EF-A0FB-4BFC-874A-C0F2E0B9FA8E}\Microsoft Office\Office16\lync.exe" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="2" DesktopApplicationID="{7C5A40EF-A0FB-4BFC-874A-C0F2E0B9FA8E}\Microsoft Office\Office16\EXCEL.EXE" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.Office.OUTLOOK.EXE.16" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="4" Row="2" DesktopApplicationID="{7C5A40EF-A0FB-4BFC-874A-C0F2E0B9FA8E}\Microsoft Office\Office16\POWERPNT.EXE" />
        </start:Group>
        <start:Group Name="Metro Applications" xmlns:start="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/StartLayout">
          <start:Tile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="0" AppUserModelID="Microsoft.WindowsStore_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App" />
          <start:Tile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="2" AppUserModelID="Microsoft.WindowsMaps_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App" />
          <start:Tile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="2" AppUserModelID="Microsoft.WindowsAlarms_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App" />
          <start:Tile Size="2x2" Column="4" Row="0" AppUserModelID="Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge" />
          <start:Tile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="0" AppUserModelID="Microsoft.Getstarted_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App" />
        </start:Group>
        <start:Group Name="System" xmlns:start="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/StartLayout">
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="{D65231B0-B2F1-4857-A4CE-A8E7C6EA7D27}\msinfo32.exe" />
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="Microsoft.AutoGenerated.{750393C8-CA7E-A272-947B-AEBA67B060CF}" />
        </start:Group>
      </defaultlayout:StartLayout>
    </StartLayoutCollection>
  </DefaultLayoutOverride>
</LayoutModificationTemplate>

PS LayoutModificationCreate.ps1

You can create your own with a PowerShell script. And yes you should change the path to match your environment. Basically just configure Start however you want and run the following PowerShell Command.

Export-StartLayout -Path C:\Windows\OSConfig\LayoutModification.xml

PS LayoutModificationApply.ps1

To apply your own custom Start using LayoutModification you can again use PowerShell (change the path for your environment)

Import-StartLayout -LayoutPath C:\Windows\OSConfig\LayoutModification.xml -MountPath $env:SystemDrive\

Copy Method

Or you could just copy your LayoutModification.xml to C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\LayoutModification.xml using the method of your choice.  Changes will affect new User Profiles created after making the change.


Other Tips

  • Don’t mix a LayoutModification.xml between Architectures (x64 and x86).  Create one for each
  • When creating a LayoutModification.xml with Applications (like Office, SAP, etc), you can deploy the XML to a system that does not have the Applications installed, assuming you get them installed prior to the User logging in.
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