Customized Start Menu not persisting after upgrade in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10 Version 1703Windows 10, version 1709Windows 10, version 1803

Summary


If you use a roaming user profile, and have a customized Start Menu, after upgrading to a later version of Windows 10, your customized Start Menu does not persist.

Workaround


  1. After upgrading to a newer version of Windows 10, install the latest monthly update on the system
  2. Use the credentials of a local admin to create and set the following registry key:
     
    Registry subkey:
    HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ProfSvc\Parameters​
     
    Registry key name:
    UseProfilePathMinorExtensionVersion
     
    ​Registry type: DWORD​
     
    Set the value data to 1 to create a new roaming profile for all roaming users on systems using the new OS version.​
  3. Reboot the system.​​
  4. Login to Windows using an account with Roaming Profile to verify the workaround is enabled.

 

Prerequisites


To use UseProfilePathMinorExtensionVersion, install a latest cumulative update (LCU) released April 25, 2019 or later, such as:

  • KB4493436 or higher LCU for Windows 10, version 1703.

  • KB4493440 or higher LCU for Windows 10, version 1709.

  • KB4493437 or higher LCU for Windows 10, version 1803.