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Win8.1 - deploying start screen tiles works only partly

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Hi experts.

This is for you who already deployed a windows 8.1 start screen aka metro/modern start layout. You should be familiar with these two commands:
export-startlayout -as bin -path path...\customstartscreenlayout.bin –verbose
import-startlayout -layoutpath path...\customstartscreenlayout.bin -mountpath c:\

This code exports my preconfigured start layout and imports it into the default profile...so far so good, but this only works with pinned tiles that belong to installed applications! It does not work with tiles that I create by pinning certain single executables (small tools that need no installation, no matter if those are local or on a share). Those simply don't show up. Tried it on 3 computers, so it will be by design.

A Why is windows so picky about what is being exported, what's the mechanism/idea behind this?
B Can it be done?
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