Friday, November 16, 2012 2:12 PMI am deploying a Windows 8 with MDT 2012 update 1. I also have office 2013 and a few other apps that I install with MDT. I see these apps on the start screen, but only for the administrator account. As soon as another user log on its gone. I need whatever apps installed to be on the start screen for any other user. I have set the copy profile to yes in my unattend.xml but that does not solve the problem. Have anyone used this and know how to get around this problem please?
Saturday, November 17, 2012 5:08 PM
Are you having this issue with Windows 8 Core and Professional (non-domain joined)? If the answer is yes, than that's by design. You cannot customize (nor re-arrange the applications) the Start Screen of Windows 8 on these SKU's in the same manner you can do with Windows 8 Professional (domain joined) and Enterprise.
You only have the option to edit the unattend.xml file that's used to deploy Windows 8, and add up to 6 shortcuts that will be pinned to the Start Screen.
Important note: You can only pin shortcuts to the Windows 8 Start Screen, that means files with .lnk extension, you if you attempt to point this to a .exe file, it will not work.
The path where you can configure this inside the unattend.xml is the following:
Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | StartTiles | SquareTiles | SquareOrDesktopTile1 through SquareOrDesktopTile6
In the AppIdOrPath, enter the full file path to the .lnk file extension; for example if you want to pin the remote desktop client, use: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories\Remote Desktop Connection.lnk
The only method that I'm aware of to remove default pinned applications that are included with Windows 8 by default, is to actually remove them using dism.
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