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TidyStart (PowerShell)


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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 4/24/2019.

Any *.url shortcut, and any shortcut to an uninstaller will be removed from the start menu. You can uninstall programs from the control panel (or with chocolatey!), there is no reason for such shortcuts to take up space in your launcher. Nothing is deleted- removed shortcuts are mirrored (complete with directory structure) to C:\tools\TidyStart\StartMenuBak. To reverse the actions of the script, you may simply copy any shortcuts back to your start menu.

This script will also search for the presence of the 'root' account. For those using proper User accounts, an unused Admin account must be created: I have named mine 'root' in the linux fashion. Many installers fail to implement UAC correctly and deposit start menu shortcuts into the administrative account where it is inaccessible to User accounts. This script moves all shortcuts from the 'root' account to the start menu folder accessible to all users. If you do not correctly configure your User accounts you may safely ignore this aspect of the script.

To install TidyStart (PowerShell), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install tidystart.powershell

To upgrade TidyStart (PowerShell), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade tidystart.powershell


  • tools\chocolateyuninstall.ps1 Show
    # Chocolatey doesn't clean up after the powershell install function
    Remove-Item -Path "$ENV:ChocolateyInstall\bin\TidyStart.bat" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'TidyStart.powershell'
    $psFile = Join-Path $(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) 'TidyStart.ps1'
    $url = ''
    Install-ChocolateyPowershellCommand $packageName $psFile $url

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Aelius Saionji


Release Notes


  • Initial release


  • camelCase, variable $adminName, user printout
  • Revo Uninstaller exception
  • Steam folder exception
  • Backups now go to C:\tools\TidyStart, following the Chocolatey convention


  • Increased readability + decreased line length
  • Condense admin actions under one UAC prompt
  • Don't make changes until end of script
  • Make output text pretty

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
TidyStart (PowerShell) 1.5 646 Sunday, January 10, 2016 approved
TidyStart (PowerShell) 1.0 207 Sunday, September 27, 2015 approved

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