How do I Customize End Users' Windows Experience?
After configuring your desktop image, you may find that the Windows settings such as theme, icon placement, taskbar settings, etc., are not applied to the hosts created from the desktop image.
The sysprep process Nerdio Manager executes removes the local profiles from the template before running the generalize command. Nerdio Manager does this to help avoid issues with appx packages, or other installed apps, from causing the sysprep process to stall, and to minimize the amount of remediation time spent troubleshooting the sysprep. The local profile that is customized is also cleared.
Most Nerdio Manager customers have found success with customizing the end users' default experience by employing group policy (GPOs). Default themes/backgrounds, desktop icons, task bar and start menu layouts, application preferences, etc., can be set up and pushed to the hosts with GPOs.
For example, the start menu tiles can be customized and then saved using the Export-StartLayout PowerShell command. The customizations can then be set up in Group Policy to apply the matching Import-StartLayout PowerShell command once during the initial sign in.
Note: There are other options, for example modifying the C:\Users\Default user profile. Although this is a very easy way to set up initial shortcuts and folders, modifying the registry and start menu/taskbar preferences can be a little tricky.