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Customizing Windows 8 Start Menu

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    Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8 Ent, Windows Server 2008 R2

    Customizing Windows 8 Start Menu


    Hi All,
    Currently we setup or images by installing Windows and going into the machine via Audit mode making customizations and then creating the default user and then running sysprep.
    But in Windows 8 Audit mode you only get the following items appear; Desktop, IE and Microsoft Store. This is fin as we do want these items on the start menu for all users but when you create a new user after sysprep you then get all the cool new Windows 8 metro applications. I can understand this but what I don't get is why they don't appear in Audit mode. The reaso we careabout this is we would like to unpin a number of these applications from the start menu. Items like News, Stocks, Weather etc. But we would like to keep items like Mail, Calendar, Photos, Music and Videos. Can anyone explain to me where these items come from and how I could customize what items actually appear in the start menu when a new user is then created.
    Thanks
    St Catherine's School

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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Hello St Catherines. Welcome to the Eight Forums.

    Quote Originally Posted by stcatherines View Post
    The reason we care about this is we would like to unpin a number of these applications from the start menu... Items like News, Stocks, Weather etc. But we would like to keep items like Mail, Calendar, Photos, Music and Videos. Can anyone explain to me where these items come from and how I could customize what items actually appear in the start menu when a new user is then created. Thanks. St Catherine's School
    Audit Mode Overview

    If I understand your question, you would like to add new users with a customized list of apps installed to the start screen. I would hazard a guess and say there are only a few sysprep and audit OOBE techs here. Depending on how many user accounts you need to set up, simply right clicking any tile to unpin or uninstall an app may suffice for the time being in lieu of a better solution. You can unpin a number of tiles at once by right clicking them, then select to unpin from the command bar - bottom left. Apps need to be uninstalled individually.

    Windows 8 Tutorials
    Zoom View - In Start and Apps Screen in Windows 8
    Start Screen Apps - Organize into Groups
    Start Screen - Pin or Unpin App, Folder, or Drive in Windows 8

    There is apparently some confusion about descriptive terms for use, as far as,
    the start screen vs the start menu is concerned.

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...tart-menu.html
    Apps Screen - Open in Windows 8
    Right click on the start screen - press enter or click bottom right or charms > search > apps
    Last edited by mdmd; 26 Oct 2012 at 00:55.
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