Windows Server 2012 Metro shortcut icons do not show for other users

Andrew asked:

I have installed SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint 2013 on my Windows Server 2012 machine using a dedicated domain install account.

When I log into the same machine with a user account, all the icons for these applications are missing!

I can still access the applications by finding them in ‘Program Files’, however it is very annoying. (For example, I’m not exactly sure where the SharePoint PowerShell is located, and frankly I don’t want to know either)

In previous versions of Windows Server, the Icons always showed up in the Start Menu.

Does anyone know how I can copy the shortcuts in one account to another?

My answer:

WinQ is roughly equivalent to the All Programs item on the Start menu in previous versions of Windows; it’s what you would hit to choose a program not directly on the Start screen.

Generally, you will only get program icons added directly to the Start screen if you are the user who installed the program.

If you’re trying to deploy Windows Metro style apps, Microsoft has a great guide for doing this.

Unfortunately at the moment there aren’t any really good ways to enforce the content of each user’s Start screen, unless you’re willing to reimage the workstation. Hopefully a Group Policy template will be forthcoming…

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