One of the changes of Windows 10 is a new start menu that Microsoft integrated into the operating system. Designed to please desktop users without dropping the idea of apps and features of the start screen completely, it is a balancing act that brings the old and the new together in a single interface.
The core feature addition of the new start menu is that live tiles can be displayed in it now on the right side. While the left remained nearly unchanged, the right is featuring a selection of apps and their live tiles when you first boot into the system after installation or on first start.
It is possible to modify the selection here. This ranges from removing all live tiles to remove them from the desktop completely to adding, moving and removing select apps from the interface.
Update: The method below may not work properly anymore in newer versions of Windows 10. While you can still give it a try, you may be interested in a free software solution to back up and restore the start menu layout. Just head over to the Sordum website to download the free program.
The following method works on all retail versions of Windows 10, and all Insider Builds.
Windows 10 Start Menu Export
Windows 10 Start Menu Import
You may also try the following method instead:
What you need to do when you run Windows 10 is the following:
To restore a backup of the start menu, simply repeat the process outlined above for the most part. The only difference is that you copy the Database folder from the backup location to the TileDataLayer folder instead for that.
Note that you need to repeat the process of creating backups of the Windows 10 start menu whenever you make modifications to it.
The information below are outdated, and only valid for preview versions of Windows 10. Microsoft removed the files from the folder listed below.
While the customization options are useful, it needs to be noted that the Windows 10 Preview does not ship with options to reset the layout or restore it.
The system's reset or refresh feature may do the trick but these options have other consequences and should not be first choice because of this.
Do the following to reset the layout of the start menu in Windows 10 so that the default layout is used.
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