Well lets be honest start-menu layouts is not a thing that many IT tech people considering to be a big talking point or something that have highest priority when planning a deployment rollout. But the customers almost always wants a start-menu and/or taskbar, in some modified way and the end users loves the streamlined, manageable and clear design. So after all the start-menu is a quite important first impression experience for the end users and how they overall will rate the receivel of the Windows 10 platform.
In this scenario we will clean and build a new customized start-menu that also includes an custom taskbar on a Windows 10 device and use an Intune device configuration policy to apply the new start menu and taskbar.
Note: In this test lab we will pin Office 365 Pro Plus products, Microsoft Edge and a handful of other Windows apps.
Note: Now we need to export the start-menu to an XML file that we can use in our Intune policy as the new company standard layout for the start menu.
Note: Now it creates a start-Menu layout that is based on our customize start menu at the location c:\xxx.xml.
Note: If you also want to allow users to add their own shortcuts to the start-menu, edit your .XML file and change
See picture below:
Note: By adding
<CustomTaskbarLayoutCollection>, you remove all default pinned apps; only the apps that you specify will be pinned to the taskbar.
Note: if you can open the XML file without any errors then it should work just fine.
Note: In this test labWindows Pro etc. will not get this profile assigned because of the criteria we made.