We use redirected start menus and mandatory roaming profiles for specific users and I have been having a nightmare setting up a mandatory start menu. The users are restricted access to the %allusersprofile% and %appdata% links to the local machine. From what I have been reading, I have deduced that you cannot link to ANY other location that is not one of those 2 shares start menu.

It works on other users that have profiles and have access to the allusersprofile perfectly well (well almost) but really could do with some advice.

Heres a snippet:

    <start:Group Name="Office" xmlns:start="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/StartLayout">
      <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="0" DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Word 2016.lnk" />
      <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="0" DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Publisher 2016.lnk" />
      <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="2" DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Excel 2016.lnk" />
      <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="2" Row="2" DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PowerPoint 2016.lnk" />
      <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="4" Row="2" DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Access 2016.lnk" />
  • For anyone else looking, Microsoft have a lovely disclaimer: Using the layout modification XML to configure Start is not supported with roaming user profiles. For more information, see Deploy Roaming User Profiles. docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/… – Adsy2010 Jul 14 '17 at 9:35
  • Found some more information on doing this but gotta test it: edugeek.net/forums/windows-10/… – Adsy2010 Jul 17 '17 at 7:29
  • This is interesting and I also need to test this: blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2017/05/08/… using SpecialRoamingOverrideAllowed registry entry key – Adsy2010 Jul 17 '17 at 9:04
  • This is now back on my priority list, along with a tonne of other bugs but I want to get this one out of the way. If I delete a roaming profile, the local user on the machines user folders and clear the entry from profilelist in the registry, the tile data is recreated. This ONLY works the first time a roaming profile logs in. After that, it deletes the local folders and never recreates them. I will post updates especially if I find a full solution. – Adsy2010 Jul 24 '17 at 19:22

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