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I know quite a few people have been looking for this.  So here it is.  The location in the registry for the content, layout, position, and size of items on the Windows 10 Start Menu is here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CloudStore

I am going to warn you though, much of the data is binary.  It looks something like a C struct or attributes of a C++ class.  There does appear to be UTF-16 encoded strings in the data too, so it looks like it copies the shortcut information into the database.  I wouldn't try to modify the data as it may corrupt your user profile and make your start menu unusable.  So using regedit.exe, you can export the key and then reload it at a later date to restore your start menu.  You will have to restart StartMenuExperienceHost.exe for any changes to take effect.

Enjoy.

 

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