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Author Topic: Custom Start Menus in Roaming Profiles Reset After Windows 10 Upgrades  (Read 88 times)
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« on: April 27, 2019, 03:30:25 PM »

If you using a Roaming User Profile and customize your Windows 10 Start Menu, any changes will be reset after upgrading to a newer version of Windows 10.

Windows creates a profile for every user, which contains the changes made by the logged in user to the Windows configuration or application settings. These user profiles are normally stored on the local computer, but domain admins can configure users so that their profiles are instead stored on a network share as a Roaming User Profile.

This allows users to configure the appearance of Windows or make changes to a program's configuration and have those same settings available on any other computer they log into on the same domain.

In a support article, Microsoft has stated that users using a Roaming User Profile and who customize the appearance of the Start Menu will have those changes reset after upgrading to a new version of Windows 10.

According to Microsoft, you can fix this issue by installing the latest cumulative update for Windows and performing the following steps:

1. Use the credentials of a local admin to create and set the following registry key:
Registry subkey:

Registry key name:

​Registry type: DWORD
Set the value data to 1 to create a new roaming profile for all roaming users on systems using the new OS version.​

2. Reboot the system.​​

3. Log in to Windows using an account with Roaming Profile to verify the workaround is enabled.[/b]

The available cumulative updates for Windows 10 that support the above Registry key are listed below.

KB4493436 or higher LCU for Windows 10, version 1703.

KB4493440 or higher LCU for Windows 10, version 1709.

KB4493437 or higher LCU for Windows 10, version 1803.

Microsoft notes that this fix will only work if the Start Menu customizations that are stored locally and have not been deleted due to a group policy configured by an administrator.

"This will only work if a userís profile with start menu customization is available locally.  If the profile was deleted due to a group policy, creating a new roaming profile will not help.​"

While the support article states that version 1809 is affected by this issue, there has not been a cumulative update released this month for that version.  Due to this, the Registry key may already be available in this version.

BleepingComputer has contacted Microsoft to confirm if version 1809 already supports this fix.


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