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Start menu issues

Very strange, but on 14 or 15th of March the start menu of my office PC (pegasus) wasn't accessible anymore, and one or two days later, the same thing happened on my Surface (although the tablet mode still worked…).

So the search for a backup tool for the Start menu seemed very reasonable…

Be aware, that the background technology for the Start Menu changed drastically with Windows 10 v1709. So if you look for other tools, check if they are recent enough.

Backup & restore tools

Winaero Tweaker (0.14) (February 6, 2019)

  • Desktop and Taskbar section
  • Backup/Restore Start Menu Layout tweak
    • Export Start Menu Layout
    • Restore Start Menu Layout
The backup consists of a .reg and and .xml file.

BackupSML 1.1 (September 15, 2018 - so no idea if it's for v1809…)

or Backup Start Menu Layout
  • File > Create Backup
  • Edit > Restore Backup

Reset commands

In BackupSML, you can also choose:
  • File > Reset Start Menu Layout
But I don't know if BackupSML is recent enough for Win10 v1809

Jose Espitia

Reset your start menu layout in Windows 10 1709

PowerShell scriptlet:

Remove-Item 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount\$start.tilegrid$windows.data.curatedtilecollection.root' -Force -Recurse
Get-Process Explorer | Stop-Process

source: https://www.joseespitia.com/2018/01/05/how-to-reset-your-start-menu-layout-in-windows-10-1709/

Reset your start menu layout in Windows 10 1809

PowerShell scriptlet:

Remove-Item 'HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount\*$start.tilegrid$windows.data.curatedtilecollection.tilecollection'</code> -Force -Recurse
Get-Process Explorer | Stop-Process

source: https://www.joseespitia.com/2019/03/13/how-to-reset-your-start-menu-layout-in-windows-10-1809/
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