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    Challenge with GDP deployed start menu layout and different office versions

    Anyone have any experience with creating customized start menu layouts for a corporation with different versions of office on the client computers?

    We're about 50-50 on 2013/2016, and my google-fu is failing me on this subject.

    I am planning to deploy it roughly following https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...s-and-policies

    the xml file I expert on my test refers to a bunch of links (like this <start:DesktopApplicationTile Row="2" Column="5" Size="1x1" DesktopApplicationLinkPath="%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Micr osoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PowerPoint 2016.lnk"/> ), and I don't think I'm allowed to execute a generic "winword" like from the run menu that doesn't pre-specify the file location of the installation.

    roughly what i am trying to accomplish, I want a defalt, non-alterable start menu that will have the built in mail-app, calendar app, FireFox, Foxit, and office programs on the right hand side, but I can't figure out how to make sure it points the right places on different versions of office.

    anyone tinker with this before?

    I could just do the partial, then manually add the office part, it would at least save me all the time of removing other stuff.

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    Probably the easiest way to do this should be item-level targeting. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...(v=ws.11).aspx

    You create the GPO items for your Office 2013/2016 tiles twice, each either with the 2013 or the 2016 links, and give both entries item-level targets that only exist when the corresponding Office version is installed, so for example a check if the winword.exe is present in the default folder for either version. That way the PC checks which condition is met and only executes that part of the GPO.

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    oh that is precisely what I was looking for, I will verify that it works with win10 as well and give it a shot, thank you <3

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