Thursday, July 11, 2013

Windows 8 Start Screen Layout backup... There's a file for that...

next of windows - How To Save and Restore my Windows 8 Start Screen Tile Layout

Organizing Start Screen on Windows 8 machine isn’t difficult but quite tedious. Moving around the tiles, changing the size of it, and pinning or unpinning apps all requires your effort moving your finger or mouse to make it done. The last thing you want is to have to do it all over again if anything happened that have changed the whole layout or have reset it back to the start point.

Is there a way to save the layout of my Windows 8 Start Screen and restore it later on when needed? The answer is a surprisingly simple yes.

Turns out, the information about your Windows 8 Start Screen is all saved in a database in your user profile folder, specifically as below:



Interesting piece of information. I'm both interested in the idea, of "backing up" my start screen and the contents of the file itself. It would be interesting to spelunk the file, to, I don't know, build a Start Screen sharing site thing or something...

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