I have 3 Windows 10 devices and I wanna backup and import start menu layout on each device as Windows 10 isn't supporting layout syncing.

Most of the solutions I've found are for Windows 8 only.

One site showed me a way to export the layout by using this command:

Export-StartLayout -Path C:\StartLayout.XML

but nothing about how to import it!

I tried steps mentioned in this article and both of them shows me this error

Export-StartLayout : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'as'
At line:1 char:20
+ export-startlayout -as bin -path c: \customstartscreenlayout.bin ?ver ...
+                    ~~~
+ CategoryInfo          : InvalidArgument: (:) [Export-StartLayout], ParameterBindingException

+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : NamedParameterNotFound,Microsoft.Windows.StartLayout.Commands.ExportStartLayoutCommand

This is a screenshot for everything I've tried .. https://goo.gl/Dya6ey

  • Import-StartLayout? have you tried this? blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2014/12/23/… Dec 5, 2015 at 19:07
  • @magicandre1981 yes i did and it shows me this error i've mentioned above
    – FrikiX
    Dec 6, 2015 at 17:16
  • don't use this bin Dec 6, 2015 at 19:03
  • @magicandre1981 Still the same
    – FrikiX
    Dec 8, 2015 at 18:39
  • The parameter’s name is -As. It is case sensitive. Also, why don’t you try Import-StartLayout?
    – Daniel B
    Dec 8, 2015 at 20:28

3 Answers 3


Apparently the As parametered is only available in Windows 8.1 and 2012 R2. Try without it, just name the file .bin.

Export-StartLayout -Path C:\StartLayout.BIN

This works for me:

Export-StartLayout -path "$env:UserProfile\Desktop\StartBackup.bin" –verbose

Import-StartLayout -LayoutPath "$env:UserProfile\Desktop\StartBackup.bin" -mountpath "$env:systemdrive\"

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But please note that it only applies to the default profile.


From this link: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3088-backup-restore-start-layout-windows-10-a.html

  1. Back up registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount
  2. Back up file %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\DefaultLayouts.xml

To restore:

  1. (Mess with registry at your own risk) Delete registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore\Store\Cache\DefaultAccount (you cannot omit this step)
  2. Merge registry key backed up in steps above.
  3. Restore DefaultLayouts.xml file backed up in above steps, overwriting current %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\DefaultLayouts.xml
  4. Sign out of Windows and sign back in again.

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