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Windows 8 Thread, Export Start Screen with Windows PowerShell in Technical; Yeah, can't move anything at all. Eurgh this is going to be a long one....
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    Yeah, can't move anything at all.

    Eurgh this is going to be a long one.

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    No it won't let me move anything so the policy is applying, so my issue is the XML file, OR the files the file links to?

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    the way I do it is create (via group policy) a new folder in C:\ called 8.1 and put everything in there (again by GP). May be worth doing as Windows 8 is quite funny with folder permissions in my opinion. Think I mentioned before, I have not yet met anyone who has got it working correctly via UNC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robjduk View Post
    the way I do it is create (via group policy) a new folder in C:\ called 8.1 and put everything in there (again by GP). May be worth doing as Windows 8 is quite funny with folder permissions in my opinion. Think I mentioned before, I have not yet met anyone who has got it working correctly via UNC.
    reading the xml file for users after its setup from a unc works fine for me. Creating the xml its just quicker to dump to c: then copy saves typing so not tried direct export to unc

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    So I've just logged on as a pupil, with no policy applied. My start menu has icons missing, let's take my penpals ones for example. I go to the programs list, they are all there. When I right click they all say unpin from start, but not all are pinned...

    I'm very tempted to call it a day on this folly to be honest!

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    been having another play with this is aparantly it worked when i tested it but not always since. On a vm network 1 server (well there is a second had a quick go at failover dhcp while i was at it) 1 8.1 vm. If i redirect start menu to a shared location its hit and miss about wether it will show programs that arnt in all user start menu (mainly miss) however if i redirect the start menu the same way i redirect docs/music etc to the users u drive and copy the files there the start screen pinned shortcuts magically reappear. From the event log it looks a bit like windows 8.1 expects a user to have full ownership of their start menu folder (now this is just my interpretation). But every time i redirect start menu to \\server\home$\%username%\start menu it appears exactly as i designed it. Be aware atm my pc has minimal policies applied to it and one ive found helps on 8.1 that i wouldnt set on 7 is ive set remove common program groups from the start menu is set to disabled

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    Thouhgt I'd jump on the band wagon a little as I'm currently trying to get this to work. Works fine if I export the layoutm, set up a local XML file and use GP to asign that to a user where the start screen is the only policy applied. As soon as I link in all my Policies it only show's IE. (no office or anything else) It's driving me nuts!

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    I'm back on it today. Going to try what @sted has suggested with the redirected start menu.... if it works great. If not I might just slam on more desktop shortcuts!!!



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