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Personalize - Add or Remove from Desktop Context Menu

How to Add or Remove "Personalize" from Desktop Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
23 Jun 2012 - Views: 31749
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How to Add or Remove "Personalize" from Desktop Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Personalize from the desktop context menu for all users in Windows 8 and Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

warning   Warning
This tutorial will not work in the Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions since they do not have the personalization features included in them.

For the Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions, see OPTION TWO in the tutorial link below to add Personalize instead.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...7-starter.html


EXAMPLE: "Personalize" in Desktop Context Menu
NOTE: This is when you right click or press and hold on a empty area of the desktop.
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OPTION ONE
To Remove "Personalize" from Desktop Context Menu
1. Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit and click/tap on OK.

Note   Note
If you have already previously done steps 1-4, then you can just skip them and only have to do step 5 below instead.


2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

3. In regedit, go to the registry key location below, take ownership of set permissions to Allow your user account Full control of the Personalize registry key. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: For Windows 8, see also: Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Personalize

Personalize - Add or Remove from Desktop Context Menu-personalize.jpg
4. In regedit, go to the registry key location below, take ownership of set permissions to Allow your user account Full control of the command registry key. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: For Windows 8, see also: Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Display\command

Personalize - Add or Remove from Desktop Context Menu-command.jpg
5. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below.
NOTE: This will delete the Personalize and command registry keys above for you automatically instead of you having to manually doing it.
Remove_Personalize_from_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg
download
A) Save the .reg file to your desktop.

B) Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

C) If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.

D) When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION TWO
To Add/Restore "Personalize" to Desktop Context Menu
1. Click on the Download button below to download the .reg file below.
NOTE: This will restore the default Personalize and command registry keys and their entries that were deleted from above.
Add_Personalize_to_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg
download
2. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

4. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.

5. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
That's it,
Shawn





2 Weeks Ago   #1
Ashad Opu

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have this problem while i followed " ADD/Restore "Personalize" to Desktop Context Menu " steps..

Please help me to find out this.




When i normally click on Personalize of Desktop Context Menu this is appearing.




My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ashad, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check your registry to see if you see the same as the screenshots under step 3 and 4 in this tutorial. These are the default settings. If not, then please post screenshots showing what you see instead.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #3
Ashad Opu

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes I have checked step 3 & 4 carefully. They are same as in Step 3 & 4.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Then you may have some other issue. See if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this started may be able to undo and fix this for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #5
Ashad Opu

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

But i don't have a previously restore point...!!! What can i do??
My System SpecsSystem Spec
2 Weeks Ago   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Double check to take ownership first, then set permissions for the keys in step 3 and 4. You'll get the first error you posted if you didn't.

Please go ahead and post screenshots showing your registry settings for this to see if anything may stand out.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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