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Need help with Start Menu Layout with taskbar

OS is 2019. I have tried the XML's for the start menu layout for Windows 10 and it's not working. We want to add an entry into out current start menu layout xml that allows us to pin file explorer to the task bar. Is there a way to achieve this? What I have tried from the docs doesn't seem to work for 2019.

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To apply the Start and taskbar layout to users in a domain, use the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to configure a domain-based Group Policy Object (GPO) that sets Start Layout policy settings in the Start Menu and Taskbar administrative template for users in a domain.


The GPO applies the Start and taskbar layout at the next user sign-in. Each time the user signs in, the timestamp of the .xml file with the Start and taskbar layout is checked and if a newer version of the file is available, the settings in the latest version of the file are applied.


The GPO can be configured from any computer on which the necessary ADMX and ADML files (StartMenu.admx and StartMenu.adml) for Windows 10 are installed.


The .xml file with the Start and taskbar layout must be located on shared network storage that is available to the users' computers when they sign in and the users must have Read-only access to the file. If the file is not available when the first user signs in, Start and the taskbar are not customized during the session, but the user will be prevented from making changes to Start. On subsequent sign-ins, if the file is available at sign-in, the layout it contains will be applied to the user's Start and taskbar.


Rachel Gomez

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Level 2 Contributor

Thanks but this isn't our issue. The Start Menu does work. It's adding the entries for the task bar to pin the file explorer that isn't working. 


Still it might be more expert on this topic are available in the Tech Community: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-server/ct-p/Windows-Server

And finally, if the documentation does not work as intended, also raising a support ticket via https://support.microsoft.com/oas might be an option.


Is only File Explorer affected, does it work for other apps?


You used this documentation I guess https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/configure-windows-10-taskbar ?


Kind regards, Janosch
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File explorer is the only one with the issue pinning to the task bar. When I add it in the xml it actually breaks the start menu as well. When I remove the entry start menu is fine.