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Start Screen Layout - Backup and Restore in Windows 8


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Start Screen Layout - Backup and Restore in Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to backup and copy/restore your Start screen layout automatically with one click in Windows 8 and 8.1.
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How to Backup and Restore Start Screen Layout in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will show you how to backup and copy/restore your Start screen layout automatically with one click in Windows 8 and 8.1.
How to Backup and Restore Start Screen Layout in Windows 8 and 8.1

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A Start screen layout includes pinned items (files, folders, apps, programs, and drives), and how app tiles are organized and named.

This tutorial will show you how to backup and copy/restore your Start screen layout automatically with one click in Windows 8 and 8.1.

This can be handy if you do not want to have to setup your Start screen layout again say after a clean install of Windows 8. You could also use this to copy the Start screen layout from one user account to another user account.

Note   Note
By default, your pinned Start items are saved in the files at both hidden folder locations below. These files is what this tutorial will be backing up and restoring for you automatically using a BAT file.

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms

C:\Users\(user-name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak


EXAMPLE: Start Screen in Windows 8
Start.jpg





OPTION ONE
To Back Up Start Screen Layout in Windows 8

1. Sign in to the user account that you want to backup the Start screen layout of.​
2. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, then run it.​
Backup-Start_Screen_Layout.bat
download
3. If prompted, click/tap on Run.​
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.​
4. You will now have a Start-Screen-Layout-Backup folder on your desktop. Move this folder to where you like for safe keeping.​
NOTE: Do not rename this folder since it must remain the exact same name to be able to use it in OPTION TWO below to restore your Start screen layout with.​



OPTION TWO
To Copy or Restore Start Screen Layout in Windows 8

1. If you have not already, make sure that any 3rd party programs that were pinned to your Start screen when the backup was created in OPTION ONE are still installed to the same location first.​
warning   Warning
Since the pinned Start items are just shortcuts that point to the file, app, program, folder, drive, etc..., these files/programs must still be at the same location when the backup was created before restoring the pinned Start items.
2. Sign in to the user account that you want to copy/restore the Start screen layout backup, and move or copy the Start-Screen-Layout-Backup folder created from OPTION ONE above to the desktop of that account.​
3. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, then run it.​
Restore-Start_Screen_Layout.bat
download
4. If prompted, click/tap on Run.​
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.​
5. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.​
6. The Start screen layout has now been restored.​


That's it,
Shawn


 
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Guy you are very good, i read your tutorials some years now from w7 forum and i can say that you are the best.
Thank you very much for sharing all these.
 

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You're most welcome Vags, and welcome to Eight Forums. I'm glad that they could help. :)
 

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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
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