Run snapin as Admin / Import-StartLayout



  • I’m trying to deploy a start menu layout via PowerShell

    The command is Import-StartLayout -LayoutPath startlayout.xml -MountPath C:\

    This command writes to C:\Users\Default, this directory requires admin to access.

    I have it set up kinda funny (see attached screenshot) but the read-only of the command is exactly what I need.

    Has anyone had a similar issue that can offer some insight as to how I can deploy this as a snapin

    it's wonky

    Thank you


  • Developer

    i’d split this up - use GPO or at minimum registry to achieve this then snapin to push out relevant xml start menu layout

    Registry:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer] - 64bit location
    “LockedStartLayout”=dword:00000001
    “StartLayoutFile”="C:\PATH\TO\START\MENU\LAYOUT\.xml

    you can partially lockdown start menu aswell so you give users a standard put they can pin their own stuff too (not allowed to edit what you’ve set)

    the snapin could just handle which start menu they get

    i.e. Admin-> this startmenu.xml
    IT-> this startmenu.xml

    just when they reach the location set in registry name it the same so like:
    IT-Startmenu.xml copies locally to startmenu.xml
    Admin-Startmenu.xml copies locally to startmenu.xml

    Hope this makes sense



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