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    Power - Add Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8

    Power - Add Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8
    How to Add a "Power" Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    23 Mar 2012
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    How to Add a "Power" Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    This will show you how to add or remove a cascading (expandable) Power menu to the desktop context menu for all users to quickly Lock, Switch user, Sign out (log off), Sleep, Hibernate, Hybrid Shut down, Full Shut down, Restart, or Restart to Boot Options in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove the "Power" context menu from the desktop.

    If you would like to have this customized for you, then please post what you would like in the Power context menu instead. I'll be happy to whip it up for you.

    Note   Note

    • Sleep - You will need to disable hibernate for this to sleep instead of hibernate.
    • Hibernate - You will need to enable hibernate for it to work. It is by default.
    • Hybrid Shut down - You will need to enable hibernate and have fast startup turned on for this to do a hybrid shut down instead of a full shut down. It is by default.
    • Full Shut down - This will do a normal full shut down no matter if you have fast startup turned on or off.
    • Slide to Shut down - Windows 8.1 introduces this option to be able to shut down your PC by simply dragging a screen down, or sliding a touch screen down.


    Tip   Tip
    If you would prefer to add Lock, Switch user, Sign out, Shut down, or Restart as a separate desktop context menu item instead, then see the Related Tutorials links at the bottom of this tutorial.


    EXAMPLE: "Power" Cascading Context Menu

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    Here's How:

    1. To Add "Power" to the Desktop Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.

    Add_Power_to_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg

    download

    2. To Remove "Power" from the Desktop Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.

    Remove_Power_from_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg


    download

    3. Save the REG file to your desktop.

    4. Double click/tap on the REG file to merge it, and click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted to approve the merge.

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

    6. Right click on your desktop to see the change.
    NOTE: You can press the Windows+ D keys to go to the desktop.


    Note   Note
    The Switch User option will only work in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions by default.

    If you have the Windows 8 edition, then you will need to also do this below for the Switch User option to work.

    • Click on the Download button below to download the tsdiscon.zip file.
    • Save the tsdiscon.zip file to your desktop.
    • Open the tsdiscon.zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the tsdiscon.exe file to your desktop.
    • Unblock the extracted tsdiscon.exe file.
    • Move the tsdiscon.exe file into the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
    • If prompted, click/tap on Continue and Yes (UAC) to approve.


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    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Very good - is it possible to add "sleep" as an option??

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    Thanks Shawn. Much nicer than the individual ones.
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    You're most welome guys.


    @MadHorseman

    Added.
    Last edited by Brink; 21 May 2012 at 02:58. Reason: update
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    Thanks Brink, Win+I is quick enough really!
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    Tutorial updated for separate hybrid and full shut down options.
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    Looks like the /full switch for the shutdown command was removed in Windows 8 Release Preview. Tutorial updated for it. To update, you will just need to download the updated Add_Power_to_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg file in the tutorial and merge it.
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    Awesome - great job Brink - thx
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    You're most welcome Brent, and welcome to Eight Forums.
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    Windows 8 RTM Enterprise Edition x64


    Did Not Work For Me . Please Help
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