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    managing the start screen

    has anyone found a way to do this yet?

    redirected start menu appears to fail
    gpp copy shortcuts appears to fail
    as a fair number of progs i have run of the r drive i dont want to manually install them on each win 8 box (and would probably fudge up save locations)

    also want to remove certain things like mail and weather for example

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    To remove/block a app you have to use app locker, but I think its only available on windows 8 enterprise as the dll's are missing from other versions. I think if you block a app it will be removed from the start menu. As for adding a to the From testing windows 8 only the users who installs the programs get tiles added on their start menu without having to pin them. all other users have to go to all apps and then pin it.

    however the settings for each users start menu if I remember correctly is stored in C:\Users\<usersname>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windo ws and a file called appsFolder.itemdata-ms however copying this file into others users profiles can produce very strange results.

    and we gave up on this method.

    somesome did mention it is possible by GPO but i have yet to find a way with windows 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    i dont want to have to rebuild/sysprep a pc to add an icon

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    Yes this is very annoying to being able to do this, I hope i'm wrong.

    We use APP-V so every time a user logs in, it adds it to the start screen. There doesn't seem to configure this remotely. We wouldn't meant it adding to the start screen, but it doesn't add each different folder to a named group. For example app-v create on windows 7 folders, ie english, maths etc and the software in the correct folder. So what we would like is it to group it automatically on the start screen.

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    i did see a script but i couldnt get it to work then when i did it added notepad in an infinite loop lol

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    Microsofts latest take on not making it easy to config the pinned items in Windows 7 by the sounds of it.

    But then again if the user can get to all of their applications through search what is the need to make it a mandated thing after all Windows is 'personal again'

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    also want to remove certain things like mail and weather for example
    There's a good post on The Deployment Guys blog about removing apps.

    Removing Built-in Applications from Windows 8

    If you want to remove all of the built-in applications then you can use the following simple PowerShell commands:
    Code:
    Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –online
    
    Get-AppXPackage | Remove-AppxPackage
    However I often want to leave some of the applications in the image, I need granular control. In this case you need to find the PackageFullName value for each application and then remove each app individually. Getting this information can be a tedious process so I have created a script that you can use to remove the applications. This script works for both X84 and X64 versions of the Windows 8. I usually comment out the lines for the apps that I want to keep and then add the script to the MDT task sequence that I use to create my master image. The script is included below:
    Code:
    if([IntPtr]::Size -eq 4)
    
    {
    
       # This is an x86 OS - Remove provisioned package for all users
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.Bing_1.2.0.137_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingFinance_1.2.0.135_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingMaps_1.2.0.136_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingNews_1.2.0.135_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingSports_1.2.0.135_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingTravel_1.2.0.145_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingWeather_1.2.0.135_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.Camera_6.2.8514.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      microsoft.microsoftskydrive_16.4.4204.712_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.Reader_6.2.8516.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16.4.4206.722_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      microsoft.windowsphotos_16.4.4204.712_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames_1.0.927.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.ZuneMusic_1.0.927.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.ZuneVideo_1.0.927.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.Media.PlayReadyClient_2.3.1662.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
       # Remove installed apps for Local Administrator
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.Bing_1.2.0.137_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingFinance_1.2.0.135_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingMaps_1.2.0.136_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingNews_1.2.0.135_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingSports_1.2.0.135_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingTravel_1.2.0.145_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingWeather_1.2.0.135_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.Camera_6.2.8514.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package microsoft.microsoftskydrive_16.4.4204.712_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.Reader_6.2.8516.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16.4.4206.722_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package microsoft.windowsphotos_16.4.4204.712_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames_1.0.927.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.ZuneMusic_1.0.927.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.ZuneVideo_1.0.927.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe  
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.Media.PlayReadyClient_2.3.1662.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
    }
    
    Else
    
    {
    
        # This is an x64 OS – Remove provisioned package for all users
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –package     Microsoft.Bing_1.2.0.137_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingFinance_1.2.0.135_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingMaps_1.2.0.136_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingNews_1.2.0.135_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingSports_1.2.0.135_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingTravel_1.2.0.145_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.BingWeather_1.2.0.135_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.Camera_6.2.8514.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      microsoft.microsoftskydrive_16.4.4204.712_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.Reader_6.2.8516.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16.4.4206.722_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      microsoft.windowsphotos_16.4.4204.712_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames_1.0.927.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.ZuneMusic_1.0.927.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.ZuneVideo_1.0.927.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.Media.PlayReadyClient_2.3.1662.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online
    
        remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -package      Microsoft.Media.PlayReadyClient_2.3.1662.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe -online 
    
        # Remove installed apps for Local Administrator
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package     Microsoft.Bing_1.2.0.137_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingFinance_1.2.0.135_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingMaps_1.2.0.136_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingNews_1.2.0.135_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingSports_1.2.0.135_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingTravel_1.2.0.145_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.BingWeather_1.2.0.135_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.Camera_6.2.8514.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package microsoft.microsoftskydrive_16.4.4204.712_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.Reader_6.2.8516.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_16.4.4206.722_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package microsoft.windowsphotos_16.4.4204.712_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames_1.0.927.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.ZuneMusic_1.0.927.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.ZuneVideo_1.0.927.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.Media.PlayReadyClient_2.3.1662.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
        remove-AppxPackage -package Microsoft.Media.PlayReadyClient_2.3.1662.0_x86__8wekyb3d8bbwe
    
    }

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    Windows 8 Start Screen Customization with MDT « The Deployment Guys

    AppsFolderLayout.bin is the file that stores the layout of the Start Screen.

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