How to Back Up the Windows 10 Start Menu Layout
The Start menu in Windows 10 has come a long way since previous versions of Microsoft’s operating system. Customizing the Start menu to your liking can take a significant amount of tweaking and it’s easy to forget exactly what you did to get it the way you want it.
If something should go awry with your system and you had to do a clean Windows 10 install, it would be a huge annoyance to rearrange everything on the menu again. Here’s a look at how to back up the layout.
Back Up Windows 10 Start Menu Layout
- Make sure Hidden Files and Folders is enabled.
- Head to \AppData\Local\TileDataLayer for the account you’re backing up—in my case it’s C:\Users\Brian\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer—and there you’ll see a Database folder. It contains the saved layout of the Start menu.
- Copy the Database folder to a secure location and store it somewhere safe (not on your PC but an external or network drive or cloud storage)
To restore the layout, perhaps after a PC Refresh, copy the Database folder back into \AppData\Local\TileDataLayerfolder. Keep in mind, though, just like when you backed up the folder, you will need to be signed into an account other than the one you are restoring it to.
If you have spent hours meticulously tweaking and customizing the layout, backing it up will save you the headache of setting it up again.