Need to configure a windows 10 with no tiles, zero, nothing. Delete those "life at a glance" and "play and explore" default tiles. And that the users can't edit that layout.

For all users. well, only for non-administrators users, but that I already figured out with the "management console" gpedit.msc and a custom .msc file.

The strange issue here is that Exporting a layout and then forcing it for all users work. But it doesn't work if the exported layout has no/zero tiles! crazy! It generates an invalid file it seems, keep reading.

this is how I exported the layout

export-startlayout -path 0-tiles.xml

and then enforcing it in gpedit.msc - user configuration - administratrive templates - start menu and task bar -- start menu layout ( <-- I'm translating those items from a spanish windows, don't take them 100% literal )

only results in having all the default tiles, all "life at a glance" "play and explore" tiles!

Why it fails to accept zero tiles? How can that be forced?

Also experimented with file c:\users\default\appdata\local\microsoft\windows\shell\defaultlayouts.xml

1) I emptied *all* the tiles on that file (edited the file by hand) 2) also deled the file

in both cases you get 3 default icons (windows store, etc, etc)

...Also tried importing the 0-tiles file, that ends on error:

import-startlayout -layoutpath 0-tiles.xml -mountpath c:\

that command works with files with at least one tile, but gives error with the zero tile generated .xml file:

import-startlayout : the file 0-tiles.xml is not a valid  design file

so it seems to generate an invalid file

Where is the tile configuration beign stored for each user? Maybe editing that directly works.

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    Why don't you just use third-party software to change the start-menu, StartIsBack++, has no tiles. – Ramhound Jun 14 '16 at 19:17
  • Thanks for your recommendation! Customization works, this is not complicated, when you edit a standard start menu you get a 0 tile menu with no problem, windows tools then fail to export or import a valid xml file or some other error :( My boss didn't ask me for a win7 start menu, just for a standard win10 start menu with no tiles. – amm Jun 22 '16 at 18:39
  • So remove the tiles, what tiles are pinned, are configurable. – Ramhound Jun 22 '16 at 19:18

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