This video demonstrates how to customize the Start menu and the taskbar without using the Copy Profile feature of sysprep. Step-by-step instructions are below the video.
Customize the Start Menu and Taskbar
- Sign in to Windows on your Reference VM, and configure the Start menu as you want it to be for all users.
- Open PowerShell, and run Export-StartLayout -Path [Path\LayoutModification.xml].
- Browse to and open the LayoutModification.xml file that you specified in step 2.
- Add xmlns:taskbar="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/TaskbarLayout" to the first line of the file, before the closing >.
- Open the attached Taskbar-XML-Snippet.txt file to see a code sample.
- Duplicate or edit the "taskbar:DesktopApp" line to specify the applications that you want pinned to the taskbar.
- Copy the edited XML, and paste it on a new line above </LayoutModificationTemplate> in the LayoutModification.xml file that you created.
- Copy the XML file to C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\ on your Reference VM.
Alternatively, you can download the LayoutModification.xml file that is attached to this article, and copy it to C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\. This layout creates an Office app collection in the Start menu and puts Outlook, File Explorer, and Internet Explorer in the taskbar.
For more information, visit these pages:
- Configure Windows 10 Taskbar
- Customize Pinned Items on Taskbar in Windows 10 1607 during OSD with ConfigMgr
- Customizing the Windows 10 Start Menu and Adding IE Shortcut during OSD
- Customize the Taskbar