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How to Back Up the Windows 10 Start Menu Layout

The Start menu in Windows 10 includes a lot of customization features. Getting it right can take a lot of time, too. Here’s how to back up its layout.

The Start menu in Windows 10 has come a long way since previous versions of Microsoft’s operating system. Customizing the Start menu to your liking can take a significant amount of tweaking and it’s easy to forget exactly what you did to get it the way you want it.

The Start menu in Windows 10 lets you do a lot of cool things like pin apps and other items, group apps together, and more. And there are many new features coming soon.

If something should go awry with your system and you had to do a clean Windows 10 install, it would be a huge annoyance to rearrange everything on the menu again. Here’s a look at how to back up the layout.

Note: For this to work you need to have administrator rights and be signed out of the account for the layout you’re backing up. I recommend signing into the administrator account to back up the layout for another account.

Back Up Windows 10 Start Menu Layout

  1. Make sure Hidden Files and Folders is enabled.
  2. Head to \AppData\Local\TileDataLayer for the account you’re backing up—in my case it’s C:\Users\Brian\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer—and there you’ll see a Database folder. It contains the saved layout of the Start menu.
  3. Copy the Database folder to a secure location and store it somewhere safe (not on your PC but an external or network drive or cloud storage)

To restore the layout, perhaps after a PC Refresh, copy the Database folder back into \AppData\Local\TileDataLayerfolder. Keep in mind, though, just like when you backed up the folder, you will need to be signed into an account other than the one you are restoring it to.

If you have spent hours meticulously tweaking and customizing the layout, backing it up will save you the headache of setting it up again.

What’s your take? Have you spent a long time customizing the layout of the Start menu in Windows 10? Let us know in the comment section below.


2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Vincent Terpe  

    You might revisit this tip as it doesn’t seem to work in build 15063

  2. 0x22b  

    You can reinstall the 14393.And then restore the layout by using tiledatalayout.At last updata the system to 15063.

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