Windows 10 Technical Preview :Start Menu Customization via PowerShell

This was first introduced in Windows 8.1. The same can be deployed on Windows 10 Technical Preview.

The entire process has two steps:

Step 1: Defining and Exporting the Required Start Screen Layout

  1. Firstly set up your desired Start Screen on an existing Windows 10 machine
  2. Run PowerShell in Administrator mode
  3. Run the following command in the PowerShell console:
    export-startlayout -as bin -path c: \customstartscreenlayout.bin –verbose

Step 2: Importing the Customized Layout

Once the customstartscreenlayout.bin file has been created, the following PowerShell import cmdlet can be used to customize the default user profile on either via a Microsoft Deployment Tool (MDT) task sequence, through System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), on a live machine from an Administrator mode enabled PowerShell console or as part of a script to build a new machine.

  1. Run the following command in an elevated PowerShell console:
    import-startlayout -layoutpath c:\customstartscreenlayout.bin -mountpath %systemdrive%\


Step-By-Step: Windows 10 Start Menu Customization via PowerShell


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