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[TUTORIAL] How To Backup/Restore Start Menu Layout In Windows 10

Postby MajorSky17 » October 28th, 2016, 8:10 am

Hi all,

This handy feature was present in Windows 8 but removed by the time 10 was released. If you have more than one device, are replacing an older device, or else having to reinstall Windows for whatever reason, it's a pain to have to rearrange your Start live tiles back to how you had them previously. This handy tutorial will save you that effort and allow you restore them instantly in the future, exactly as you like them!

1. Go to C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer and copy the Database folder to the clipboard.

2. Go to where you want to backup the folder (e.g. D:\Backups\Start Live Tiles Layout).

3. Type Win+R and launch services.msc, then scroll down to State Repository Service and press Stop. Windows will not be able to successfully stop the service but, if you time this correctly, you'll be able to paste the Database folder while Windows is trying to stop the service. It may take a couple of tries, but it's fairly simple to do.

4. To restore your Start live tiles layout in the future, simply paste your backed up Database folder from step 2 into the original directory given in step 1, remembering to follow the instructions in step 3 for stopping the State Repository Service.

5. Enjoy not having to manually rearrange your Start live tiles on a new device. :)

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Re: [TUTORIAL] How To Backup/Restore Start Menu Layout In Windows 10

Postby Nazmus » November 12th, 2016, 9:17 am

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. :D

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