How to Backup and Restore Start Menu Pinned Items in Windows 11 or 10?

Do you have arranged the Start menu of Windows 11 or 10 and want to back up for the future so that you can restore them if something goes wrong? If yes, then this gearupwindows article will help you.

Once you have created a backup of the Start menu pinned items and something go wrong, such as removing them accidentally, you will be able to restore all those items quickly. Moreover, it is also possible to backup pinned Start menu items for the current user or a specific user. Apart from the Start menu items, this will also back up and restore the layout of your pinned Start menu items.

How to Backup Pinned Items of Start menu for the Current User Account in Windows 11/10?

To backup pinned Start menu items for the current user account, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, launch the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys on the keyboard.

Step 2. Then, copy and paste the following and hit Enter key on the keyboard to access the LocalState folder:-

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState

Step 3. In the LocalState folder, you will see a start.bin file containing your pinned Start menu items. Copy this file and keep it in a separate folder on your PC.

That’s it! You have successfully backed up pinned Start menu items for the current user.

How to Restore Pinned Items of Start menu for the Current User Account in Windows 11/10?

To restore pinned Start menu items for the current user account, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys on the keyboard.

Step 2. Then, copy and paste the following and hit Enter key on the keyboard to access the LocalState folder:-

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState

Step 3. In the LocalState folder, delete or rename the start.bin file.

Step 4. Then, paste the start.bin file from your backup in the LocalState folder.

That’s it. Restart File Explorer or your PC to see the changes.

How to Backup Pinned Start Menu Items of a Particular User in Windows 11/10?

To backup pinned Start menu items of a specific user in Windows 11 or 10, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys on the keyboard.

Step 2. Then, type the following and hit Enter key on the keyboard to access the LocalState folder:-

C:\Users\ENTERUSERNAMEFOLDER\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState

Note: Please replace ENTERUSERNAMEFOLDER with the actual folder name for that specific user. You can find the folder name for a particular user by navigating to the C:\Users path.

Step 3. Now, copy the start.bin file from the LocalState folder and keep it in a safe place.

How to Restore Pinned Start Menu Items of a Particular User in Windows 11/10?

To restore pinned Start menu items of a specific user in Windows 11 or 10, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First, open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R keys on the keyboard.

Step 2. Then, type the following and hit Enter key on the keyboard to access the LocalState folder:-

C:\Users\ENTERUSERNAMEFOLDER\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.StartMenuExperienceHost_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState

Note: Please replace ENTERUSERNAMEFOLDER with the actual folder name for that specific user. You can find the folder name for a particular user by navigating to the C:\Users path.

Step 3. Now, delete the start.bin file from the LocalState folder. After that, paste the start.bin file from the backup to the LocateState folder.

Step 4. Finally, restart File Explorer or your computer to see the changes.

Good luck.

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