The Windows 10 Start menu is highly customizable. You can change the size of tiles, group and name tiles, move tiles, and do more to customize the Start menu to your liking.
After customizing the Start menu to your desire, you might want to create a backup of Start menu layout so that you can restore the same layout when you reinstall Windows 10 or get the same layout on another computer running Windows 10.
There is a way out there to backup the Start menu layout without using third-party tools, but it not a straight-forward job. It requires running a couple of PowerShell commands. You can refer to our how to import and export Start menu layout in Windows 10 guide for directions.
Backup Start Menu Layout
Backup Start Menu Layout is a free application developed to enable Windows 10 users to effortlessly backup and restore Start menu layout without having to manually run PowerShell commands.
The tool allows you to create multiple backups so that you can create backups of the Start layout before and after making changes to the Start menu layout. Restoring the Start menu layout is also effortless with this tool. There is even an option to reset the Start menu layout.
This free tool can also be run from the Command Prompt to backup and restore Start menu layout.
Backup Start Menu Layout is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit types of Windows 10. Separate executables are included for 32-bit and 64-bit. Visit this page to download the latest version of Backup Start Menu Layout tool.
Backup Start menu layout in Windows 10
Step 1: Run Backup Start Menu Layout tool.
Step 2: Click on the Create backup icon to create a backup of the current layout of the Start menu.
You can create multiple backups and name them as you wish. To rename a backup, right-click on its entry and then click Rename. You can also delete individual backups.
Restore Start menu layout in Windows 10
Step 1: Run Backup Start Menu Layout utility.
Step 2: Select a previously created backup (if you multiple backups) which you want to restore and then click the Restore backup icon to restore the Start menu layout.
The layout will be restored immediately without any delay. You neither need to restart your PC nor File Explorer to apply the changes.
If you encounter any issues with the Start menu, run the official Start menu repair utility.