One of my favorite features in Windows 11 is the folders we can enable on the Start Menu. They are discrete and easy to access. Unfortunately, the Start Menu folders are not enabled by default which I would very much approve if they were! These are the folders we are talking about. They can manually
In Windows 11 we can no longer deploy a custom Start Menu layout as we could in Windows 10. We don’t have any “Partial” managed option either as we had in Windows 10. The Group Policy “Start Layout” can still be used to deploy a custom Taskbar layout, HOWEVER the end user can no longer
Now the time has come to look at customizing the default Windows 11 Start Menu. Customizing the Start Menu using Intune is simple and works great by using the new CSP “ConfigureStartPins”. More information can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/customize-start-menu-layout-windows-11For on-premise there is no support for using the same feature either with PowerShell or Group Policy, however
When it comes to modifying the TaskBar in Windows 11 nothing has changed since Windows 10. The only change is that the Start Menu part of the XML file is no longer used, it has been replaced by a .json file. More on that in the next post. More information can be found here on
I was determined not to do any customization of the Start button location, but I couldn’t keep my hands off. There are some useful registry keys that we can use to set the default location of the Start Button and hide Task View, Chat icon for example during OSD or AutoPilot for that matter using
When Windows 10 was released I and many others did a lot of customizing of Start Menu, Taskbar branding and so on. Windows 11 changes that as we can no longer change or modify the Start Menu, or well we control the default Pinned apps using Intune/MDM but it is simply not worth it. I
Me and Fellow MVP Ronni Pedersen have been presenting on Windows Servicing on a number of events the last couple of months! One of the things we cover is how to use Setupconfig.ini together with Intune when doing Windows Servicing. After testing it out when doing an upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 using
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