Applying your Windows 10 Start Layout using Microsoft Intune.

One of the many cool things about Microsoft Intune is the granular configuration of Windows 10 devices using the native functions available us today. In this little post we will look at just how easy is it to create a corporate Windows 10 layout and publish to all of your client desktops automatically.

The general prerequisites for this feature is that your Windows 10 desktops are synchronized and present in Azure Active Directory.

Export the Start Layout

When you have the Start screen layout that you want your users to see, use the Export-StartLayout cmdlet in Windows PowerShell to export the Start screen to an .xml file.

  1. From Start, open Windows PowerShell.
  2. At the Windows PowerShell command prompt, enter the following command:

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Export-StartLayout –path $env:userprofile\desktop\StartLayout.xml

PowerShell Cmd

Applying a Start layout

Once you have an exported Start Layout you can use the XML file to apply this start layout to your entire organization using Microsoft Intune. Browse to your Intune Portal and go to Device Configuration –> Profile

Hopefully you may already have a Windows 10 – Device Restriction Profile.

If not, dont worry you will just have to create a new profile for Windows 10 and Device Restrictions.

Device Configuration Profiles

Once in the profile properties, go to Settings and look for “Start” as at this point you can upload your Windows 10 start menu layout. If you may chose you will also be able to affect the look of the start menu by blocking or hide elements on the menu. For example you can block Fast Switching and hide File Explorer from the Start.

Device Restriction Profile for Start Menu Settings

Once you have saved your configured and your Windows 10 device has checked in, it will receive your new and improved Start Menu

New Windows 10 Start Menu

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