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can i save/export my start layout?

  1. #1


    Posts : 111
    Winodws 8.1 Pro 64

    can i save/export my start layout?


    Hi to all!!

    may i ask you if i can save/export my start layout?

    so i can restore the default start page layout with app and save my customize layout

    how can i save my layout and load presets?

    thanks
    Last edited by drugo; 21 Jan 2014 at 05:53.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,360
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    The metro layout can be easily backed up & restored. Below are a few scripts to perform this action.

    Metro Layout Backup::
    Code:
    @Echo Off 
    Copy %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GoldappsFolder.itemdata-ms 
    Copy %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GoldappsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak 
    echo "Your current Start Menu configuration has been backup up" 
    Pause
    Metro Layout Restore::
    Code:
    @Echo off
    Del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms 
    Del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak
    Copy %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GoldappsFolder.itemdata-ms %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms
    Copy %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GoldappsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak  
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    explorer.exe
    echo "Your current Start Menu configuration has been restored"
    Pause
    Save each one as Backup.bat & Restore.bat respectively.
    Last edited by ectech; 24 Jan 2014 at 10:52.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 111
    Winodws 8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by ectech View Post
    The metro layout can be easily backed up & restored. Below are a few scripts to perform this action.

    Metro Layout Backup::
    Code:
    @Echo Off 
    Copy %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GoldappsFolder.itemdata-ms 
    Copy %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GoldappsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak 
    echo "Your current Start Menu configuration has been backup up" 
    Pause
    Metro Layout Restore::
    Code:
    @Echo off
    Del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms 
    Del %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak
    Copy %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GoldappsFolder.itemdata-ms %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms
    Copy %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\GoldappsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak  
    tskill explorer
    
    echo "Your current Start Menu configuration has been restored"
    Pause
    Save each one as Backup.bat & Restore.bat respectively.
    thanks !
    cool i will try soon, but the destination folder should be always ?
    Code:
    %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\
    would be cool have a small utility program , i mean a software so i can give a name and save many configurations
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,360
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    The scripts can be changed to suit your needs. Any location can be set as a backup folder. However, it's important to note that

    %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms is the default file name & location.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 111
    Winodws 8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by ectech View Post
    The scripts can be changed to suit your needs. Any location can be set as a backup folder. However, it's important to note that

    %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms is the default file name & location.
    hi
    did you test the scripts? are you sure it works?

    i run Metro Layout Backup , i dragged away a webapp(wheater app) and a program pinned in the start menu
    after i run Metro Layout restore , i went to start the webapp and the program pinned are gone

    in short the restore did not restore the layout with the webapp and the program pinned

    thanks
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,360
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    The scripts were updated shortly after posting. Take a look to make sure you have the bottom two lines.


    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    explorer.exe

    The scripts are fully functional, I have tested them.
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can i save/export my start layout?
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