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Start screen. Can you lock it?

  1. #1


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    Start screen. Can you lock it?


    I can't seem to find any way to lock my start screen once I get my apps organized and just the way I want them. Is there no way to lock your apps so that they can't be rearranged by someone? If not then that seems like a glaring omission. I spend a great deal of time arranging it and then my three year old comes along and messes it all up. I would like to prevent this. I know I can create a user password and just not let anyone on it, but that is not the solution that I'm looking for. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Not the answer to the question - but a decent "work around" - which you should in any case be doing as a matte of course.

    BEFORE and AFTER making changes just take a system image backup -- if you have the OS on a separate disk / partition and keep your USER DATA (movies /office docs. photos, music etc) on different drives this should be easy and only take around 20 mins or so (much less if you have installed OS to an SSD and backup to an external SSD.

    Use something like Free Macrium or even a commercial product like Acronis True Image.

    The amount of time these types of program save is beyond calculation -- then simply restore the OS again - in any case I would do that after ANYBODY has touched the machine --you don't know what else might have been changed whether accidentally or deliberately -- not sure a 3 year old would actually do anything malicious on a machine - but it's still good practice to take timely backups.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Currently there is no way to lock the start screen layout, but there is a work-around.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html

    Basically you take backup of the layout, then you can restore it when someone messes your preferred layout.
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Oct 2013 at 11:46. Reason: replaced with tutorial link to make it easier to do
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello WhiskeyJumper, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    In addition to the above, you could use the tutorial below to prevent users from being able to customize the Start screen for this. If you should ever decide to make changes in the future, then you could allow changes to do so, then prevent them again afterwards.

    Start Screen - Allow or Prevent Users from Customizing


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Windows 8


    Thanks a lot guys for the suggestions. I will definitely try one of these, maybe all of them. You guys are awesome!
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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