Create Windows 10 start menu layout backup to restore later

The start menu is one of the most basic elements on any Windows computer and there are many users who know how to use the start menu smartly. With Windows 10, the start menu is much more efficient and there are several new ways to customize the start menu on a Windows 10 computer so that you just get the most essential things right from the start menu without minimizing your current program and opening some program using the shortcut on your desktop. From folders to Microsoft Store apps and regular desktop programs, you can pin everything on your Windows 10 start menu and that eventually makes the start menu on Windows 10 computers special. You can also use the Taskbar on Windows 10 to pin the most important programs. 

But most users have the habit of accidentally clicking on the taskbar icon which isn’t something that I personally like. But if you have multiple programs in the start menu and use multiple computers, customizing the start menu on all computers might be a monotonous task. Additionally, if you format your Windows computer for some reason, customizing the start menu from scratch might again take some extra time and that’s when it is the best to create a backup of the start menu so that you can restore it at any time. You can easily do that with some registry hacks, but most users are not comfortable with registry editor and thus, I will talk about an easier way to back up the start menu layout and restore the same later.

So, without any further delay, let’s get started with, how you can create a backup of the Start menu and restore the same later.

Backup Windows 10 start menu layout

Step 1: The first step is to download the Backup Start Menu Layout program on the Windows 10 computer, where you want to create a backup. The small program is made by a developer named Sordum. You can get the download link by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

Backup Start Menu Layout

Step 2: After it is downloaded, you will get a zipped file in the default ‘Downloads’ folder.


Step 3: In the zip file, you will find a folder named ‘BackupSML’, within which, you will find two files namely, ‘BackupSML.exe’, and ‘BackupSML_x64.exe’. You should extract one or both the files, depending upon whether you are using a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows 10.

Create start menu backup

Step 4: After you open the executable, you can find the following interface. Just click on the button that says ‘Create Backup’. The button icon resembles a ‘Save’ button. After you click on the button, a new backup will be created, and you can see that in the user interface of the program.

Create New Menu layout for Windows 10

Step 5: In the same folder, a new folder with the name ‘MenuLayouts’ will be created, where the layouts will be stored.


Step 6: In the folder, another subfolder will be created with the date and time stamp, within which, there will be a registry key. You can simply add the same to the registry by double-clicking on the same.

add the registry key to your computer

After you add the registry key to your computer, you should restart your computer, or at least log-off and log in to your own user account, so that the start menu layout is restored.

Step 7: Alternatively, you can open the ‘BackupSML.exe’, select the layout, and click on the ‘Restore Backup’ button. That will also restore the start menu layout after you restart your computer, or log-off and log in again.

Restore Windows 10 menu layout Backup

This is a small and neat utility to back up and restore the start menu layout, which can be handy in a number of situations. This might not be a life-saving tutorial, but this will surely come in handy in several situations, and save your time. However, one obvious thing is, if you are restoring the layout on a different computer, and certain programs, folders, or links are not available on the second computer, there will be a few gaps for the links or elements that are not available, like the one in the screenshot below.

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So, that was all about, how you can have a backup of the start menu and restore the same later. Do you have any questions? Feel free to comment on the same below.