Make your Windows 10 Start Menu the same across all user accounts

These two commands will make the Start Menu persistent for all user accounts in Windows 10.

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The first time you log into a new user account in Windows 10, you'll find the Start Menu filled with seemingly random items you most likely won't have use for. Sure, you could remove those items manually and add the ones you actually want, but that takes time. Worst of all, if you create a new user account, that account's start menu will be just as bloated as when you created your first account. Luckily there's an easy fix to this annoying dilemma.

Here's how you can make the customized Start Menu persistent for all future accounts on your PC:

1. Log into the computer with an Administrator account.

2. Customize the Start Menu to your liking. To remove an item, just right-click on it and then choose to Unpin from Start. To add an item, search for it, then right-click on it and choose to Pin to Start.

3. Search for Windows Powershell, then right-click on it and choose "Run as administrator." If the User Account Control window pops up, select "Yes."

4. In the Powershell window, first type in this command (or you can just copy it below and paste it in):

Export-Startlayout -path C:\Windows\Temp\SMenu.xml

and press Enter.

5. Then, type in this command (or copy and paste it):

Import-StartLayout -LayoutPath C:\Windows\Temp\SMenu.xml -MountPath $env:SystemDrive\

and press Enter.

That's it! From now on, when you create a new user account on the same computer, that account's Start Menu will consist of the same items as the current account's.