Easily configure Start via Windows 10 MDM

This blog post is about the ability to configure Start on Windows 10 devices. Mainly focused on Windows 10 Desktop devices. Before Windows 10, version 1703, it was already possible to configure the layout of Start by using the StartLayout setting. Windows 10, version 1703, introduces many, many more settings related to configuring Start via Windows 10 MDM. All of these settings are available via the existing Policy CSP. These new settings range from configuring settings available in the Settings panel until configuring settings related to the Power button and the user tile.

In this post I’ll go through almost all newly introduced settings and I’ll briefly show how to configure these settings by using Microsoft Intune hybrid and standalone. I’ll end this post by showing the effect of the configured settings for the end-user.

Available settings

As Windows 10, version 1703, introduced many new settings to manage Start, I thought it would be good to briefly go through these new settings. The root node for the Start related settings is, in the Policy CSP, ./Vendor/MSFT/Policy. The Start related settings are grouped below ./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Start and contains the following settings.

Setting Value Description
ForceStartSize 0 – Do not force
1 – Force non-fullscreen
2 – Force fullscreen
This setting allows the administrator to force the Start screen size
HideAppList* 0 – None
1 – Hide all app list
2 – Hide and disable
3 – Hide, remove and disable
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by collapsing or removing the all app list.
HideChangeAccountSettings 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the Change account settings option from the user tile.
HideFrequentlyUsedApps* 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the the most used apps.
HideHibernate 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the Hibernate option from the Power button.
HideLock 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the Lock option from the user tile.
HidePowerButton* 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the the Power button.
HideRecentJumplists* 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the Recently used items option from the jumplists.
HideRecentlyAddedApps* 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the recently added apps.
HideRestart 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the Restart option from the Power button.
HideShutDown 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the Shutdown option from the Power button.
HideSignOut 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the Sign out option from the user tile.
HideSleep 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the Sleep option from the Power button.
HideSwitchAccount 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the Switch account option from the user tile.
HideUserTile* 0 – Do not hide
1 – Hide
This setting allows the administrator to configure Start by hiding the user tile.
NoPinningToTaskbar 0 – Pinning enabled
1 – Pinning disabled
This setting allows the administrator to configure the taskbar by hiding the option to pin and unpin apps on the taskbar.

*Setting requires restart to take effect.

Configure settings

After going through the available settings in the Start node, of the Policy CSP, let’s have a closer look at the configuration of those settings. These available settings can be used in Microsoft Intune hybrid and Microsoft Intune standalone, by using the configuration guidelines shown below.

Environment Configuration guidelines
Microsoft Intune hybrid

Start_IntuneHybridThe configuration in Microsoft Intune hybrid can be performed by starting the Create Configuration Item Wizard in the Configuration Manager administration console. Make sure to select Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (below Settings for devices managed without the Configuration Manager client) on the General page and to select Windows 10 on the Supported Platforms page. Now select Configure additional settings that are not in the default setting groups on the Device Settings page and the configuration can begin by using the earlier mentioned OMA-URI settings.

Once the configurations are finished, the created configuration items can be added to a configuration baseline and can be deployed to Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft Intune standalone (Azure portal)

Start_IntuneStandAloneThe configuration in Microsoft Intune standalone, in the Azure portal, can be performed by creating a Device configuration. Create a new profile, or add a row to an existing custom profile. With a new profile, make sure to select Windows 10 and later as Platform and Custom as Profile type. In the Custom OMA-URI Settings blade, add the custom settings by using the earlier mentioned OMA-URI settings.

Once the configurations are finished, the profile can be saved and can be deployed to Windows 10 devices.

Effective settings

Let’s end this post with the end-user experience. However, I’ll do that a bit different as I usually do. I’ll do that by showing the settings, and options, that are affected by the available settings.

Start_SettingsThe first section of configurable settings are all related to settings in the Settings panel. More specifically, Settings > Personalization > Start. In this section the following settings can be configured (as shown in the screenshot):

  • HideAppList;
  • HideRecentlyAddedApps;
  • HideFrequentlyUsedApps:
  • ForceStartSize;
  • HideRecentJumpLists.

Note: I’ve had some issues with configuring the HideAppList setting.

Start_PowerButtonThe second section of configurable settings are all related to the Power button. I’ll show these settings, by showing the available options of the Power button and the related setting. In this section the following settings can be configured (as shown in the screenshot):

  • HideSleep:
  • HideHibernate;
  • HideShutdown;
  • HideRestart;
  • HidePowerButton.

Start_UserTileThe third section of configurable settings are all related to the user tile. I’ll show these settings, by showing the available options of the user tile and the related setting. In this section the following settings can be configured (as shown in the screenshot):

  • HideChangeAccountSettings;
  • HideLock;
  • HideSignOut;
  • HideSwitchAccount;
  • HideUserTile.

More information

For more information about the Policy CSP, please refer to this article about the Policy CSP.

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