Start Layout in Windows 11 for All users

AMH4Y

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Hi,

Is it not supported /possible to override the Windows 11 default start layout?

I am trying to set the following start layout for all users:
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Following this article and created json file as
Customize the Windows 11 Start menu

  1. {
  2. "primaryOEMPins": [
  3. { "packagedAppId": "Microsoft.Windows.Photos_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App" },
  4. { "desktopAppId": "Chrome" },
  5. { "desktopAppId": "308046B0AF4A39CB" },
  6. { "desktopAppId": "{7C5A40EF-A0FB-4BFC-874A-C0F2E0B9FA8E}\\Notepad++\\notepad++.exe" }
  7. ],
  8. "secondaryOEMPins": [
  9. { "desktopAppId": "::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}" },
  10. { "packagedAppId": "windows.immersivecontrolpanel_cw5n1h2txyewy!microsoft.windows.immersivecontrolpanel" }
  11. ],
  12. "firstRunOEMPins": [
  13. { "packagedAppId": "Microsoft.WindowsNotepad_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App" }
  14. ]
  15. }


Now copied this LayoutModification.Json file in mounted image as:
D:\Mount\Users\Default\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell

Once image is deployed, the result wasn't as expected:

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Windows 11 Professional

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dacrone

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i was unable to do this as well. even if you manually set your start menu pinned items and enable the group policy for start layout, it does not let you pin new items to start but you are still able to unpin current items from the menu...
 

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AMH4Y

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i was unable to do this as well. even if you manually set your start menu pinned items and enable the group policy for start layout, it does not let you pin new items to start but you are still able to unpin current items from the menu...
Yeah, as far as I can see, currently it's kind of impossible to override default layout and replace with a custom layout.
 

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try setting your preferred on a pc, then using sordum's utility to export/import it to another. may work for your needs

 

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try setting your preferred on a pc, then using sordum's utility to export/import it to another. may work for your needs

Would prefer using MS way, but thanks anyways, have tested this utility today already.
 

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