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My other life. Configuring and maintaining enterprise Windows and Linux systems as a sysadmin.

Configure Windows 11 Start menu using only Group Policy

If you maintain a fleet of corporate Windows PC's like myself, you may have had to configure the Windows 10 Start menu so it looks the same for everyone by default and has corporate apps pinned as tiles. This consisted of generating an .xml file from the Export-StartLayout PowerShell cmdlet, copying said .xml file across to each machine on the network via Group Policy, and telling Windows to point to that file for it's Start menu configuration (well that's how I did it at least).

Microsoft has decided that is no good for Windows 11. Now if you want to configure the Start menu, you're suggested to use Microsoft's very own Microsoft Endpoint Manager, which of course isn't free. Hmm.

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