Solved

Windows 8.1 Start Screen metro roaming profiles

Posted on 2014-01-23
5
2,513 Views
Last Modified: 2014-01-27
Hi all I am getting stuck trying to achieve the following goals with the windows 8.1 start screen.

1. Have a user group receive a default start screen when they first logon and profile is created
2. Let each user customise that screen and it stay with them when they logon / off
3. Have that Screen follow them when they go to another machine
4. Have a way to reset them to a default screen if necessary
5. Have a way to add an item(s) to a users screen (for example if I load a new important app)
6. Not 100% necessary but I would like to remove certain Icons from the all programs that users will never need like powershell

The network is 100% Server 2012R2 and windows 8.1
Roaming profiles are used with the following items already redirected to separate shares on the server
Appdata - \\server\share\%Username%
Users Documents, Pictures ect - \\server\share\%Username%
Profile - \\server\share\%Username%

Any advice would be much appreciated and thanks in advance
0
Comment
Question by:Dead_Eyes
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 13

Accepted Solution

by:
Felix Leven earned 300 total points
ID: 39804967
Modern UI is almost not changeable by traditional tools like GPO or Registry. It's all in the binary "appsfolder.itemdata-ms" from what I understood yet.

A closer look at customization of "appsfolder.itemdata-ms" can be found here, you should be able to achive all your goals:
http://microsoftplatform.blogspot.nl/2012/11/predefining-and-customizing-modern-ui.html
0
 
LVL 55

Assisted Solution

by:McKnife
McKnife earned 200 total points
ID: 39806329
Hi.
http://trekker.net/archives/control-the-windows-8-1-start-screen-layout-with-group-policy/ describes, how to control the Windows 8.1 Start Screen Layout with Group Policy.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Felix Leven
ID: 39806349
you’ll need to switch to 8.1 Enterprise, to take advantage of McKnife's link.

Enterprise Windows = Software assurance
0
 
LVL 55

Expert Comment

by:McKnife
ID: 39806372
> you’ll need to switch to 8.1 Enterprise
You know what, although written in my own link, it's not true. It works on pro as well.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Dead_Eyes
ID: 39807392
Thanks we only run enterprise anyway :). Looking good at the moment just got a couple of bits to test then I will award points. That first article was very handy
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article offers some helpful and general tips for safe browsing and online shopping. It offers simple and manageable procedures that help to ensure the safety of one's personal information and the security of any devices.
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to use Windows Server Backup to create full image of their system. Tutorial shows how to install Windows Server Backup Feature on Windows 2012R2 and how to configure scheduled Bare Metal Recovery backup.…
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 8, without downloading adware.

626 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question