How do you customize Start Menu pins of an AD user?


CartmansPiehole

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I've got a bit of an issue. Windows 11 Pro, and this is an Active Directory user. We use Group Policy, not Intune. Also, right-click is disabled on the Start Menu and Desktop.

I'd assumed that customizing the Start Menu was as easy as creating a .JSON file and importing it via Powershell. That, or applying the .JSON file via Group Policy. It turns out you can't apply a .JSON file using Group Policy.

Currently, the Start Menu pins are default, so they link a bunch of random Windows apps. None of the existing Start Menu pins are of use, so I'd like to remove them all and create my own.

I could not find a working solution to remove the pins, as I tried a Powershell script. I also couldn't add any shortcuts.

I want to avoid the use of third-party software. How can I customize the Start Menu?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
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    N/A
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-5960x
    Motherboard
    Rampage V Extreme
    Memory
    64GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX 980 SC'd
    Sound Card
    N/A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 27" Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 Pro NVME 2TB (System Drive)
    Samsung QVO 8TB SSD (Data) - Installed on Feb 2024
    Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB HDD (Backup, haven't used much since installing the 8TB SSD.
I am certainly not an expert on this question. However, in an attempt to assist, I found the following:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Ryzen 5 5600G
    Motherboard
    ASUS X470 Prime Pro
    Memory
    32GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Alienware 2518HF
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Boot: NVME WDC WDS500G; ASUS M.2 Riser card with 3 additional NVME drives
    Various Internal SDD (Samsung and WDC) and HDD drives mostly Western Digital
    PSU
    Seasonic Focus Gold 650W
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    Corsair 200R
    Cooling
    Noctua PWM fans x 3
    Keyboard
    Corsair K60 SE Pro
    Mouse
    Corsair Dark Core RGB Pro SE
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    75/75
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    MS Edge
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