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Windows 7: How to Customize the Start Button right click context menu

05 Feb 2011   #1
BBFlunkie

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
How to Customize the Start Button right click context menu

How to Customize the Start Button right click context menu?

I've used custom Registry entries since Windows 95 to add several stock programs to the right click context menu for the Start button.

In Windows 7 Pro - right click on the Start button to see a context menu:

Two options appear:
Properties
Open Windows Explorer

I've looked in the Registry for these entries, nothing useful, and no apparent way to add to this list. I've gone through this forum looking for similar requests, only one; unanswered.

Has anyone found a solution for this?


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09 Mar 2011   #2
Konst

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BBFlunkie View Post
How to Customize the Start Button right click context menu?
I also miss this feature.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BBFlunkie View Post
I've used custom Registry entries since Windows 95
I used this REG-file till Vista:
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Notepad]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Notepad\command]
@="c:\\windows\\notepad.exe"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Regedit]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Regedit\command]
@="c:\\WINDOWS\\REGEDIT.EXE"
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BBFlunkie View Post
I've looked in the Registry for these entries, nothing useful, and no apparent way to add to this list.
I also tried some locations from this list - but no luck.

Also this tutorial is only working in Vista.

I think the above REG-File should work - but perhaps some policy rules suppress the appearance of the menu entries.
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09 Mar 2011   #3
BBFlunkie

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Your entries above are similar to what I use

Your entries above are similar to what I use.
I do simply import the .reg file. I've used the same file for every windows version.
It had to be adjusted for NT....

I like your suggestion:
>>perhaps some policy rules suppress the appearance of the menu entries

I hadn't thought of that, more work in that area will be needed.

Thanks
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11 Mar 2011   #4
iqandjoke

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Winmount(Software) creates entry in that menu. Maybe you can try to investigate in those key and value.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\ShlExtMenu
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\
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