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How to Custom the Start Screen for all users in Windows 8


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Posted 27 May 2014 - 06:16 PM

I thought about posting this, it might be helpful to someone who's doing win8 deployment.

Windows 8 Start Screen Tiles database files that contain the tiles locations and layout are stored in the following files:

 

%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemda ta-ms

 

So if you like to have the same start screen customization for all the users, copy the appsFolder.itemdata-ms and place it into the following location:

C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows

 

or

 

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows 

 

if the first option didn't work.

Make the file Read Only, this way all the users will have the same start screen customization.

 

Also you can do it using the regedit :

 

HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run
 
Right click on the right and choose New REG_Expand_SZ
 
For the name, call it whatever you like
 
For the string portion use this command (all on one line, no quotes on the ends):
 
"c:\windows\system32\attrib.exe c:\users\default\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\appsfolder.itemdata-ms -R"

Edited by hamluis, 28 May 2014 - 06:41 AM.
Moved from Win 8 to Tips/Tricks - Hamluis.


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