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#1 alacran


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Posted 14 August 2018 - 04:53 AM

If you as me do not like to have a Win10 Start menu full of Apps icons and Live Tiles connecting to internet by temself without you running them, you may do this:


You need to put LayoutModification.xml on Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\ during install, before the first run.



<LayoutModificationTemplate Version="1" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/LayoutModification">
      <defaultlayout:StartLayout GroupCellWidth="6" xmlns:defaultlayout="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/FullDefaultLayout">
        <start:Group Name="" xmlns:start="http://schemas.microsoft.com/Start/2014/StartLayout">
          <start:DesktopApplicationTile Size="2x2" Column="0" Row="0" DesktopApplicationID="{D65231B0-B2F1-4857-A4CE-A8E7C6EA7D27}\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" />

Using this you will only have a PowerShell Icon (there is a requirement to have at least one icon) on Start menu where usually all Tiles are located, and you are free to add latter your own prefered Icons if you want.


NOTE: This do not prevent copying all Apps on your OS, this only prevent all those annoying Tyles on Start Menu.


As putting this LayoutModification.xml on Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\ during install, before the first run is not an easy task, I have made for your convenience an $OEM$ file that you can put on sources file on your install USB device or ISO before burning it, and this will do it for you.  Only download and decompress attached 7z file on required location.



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#2 AnonVendetta


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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:31 PM

Your approach might get rid of the live tiles, but it still won't prevent them from connecting to the Net. For that it's better just to remove them. Besides, Windows 10's default start menu is ugly anyway, I just install Classic Shell.

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