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How to Add a "Windows Defender" Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1

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This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a cascading (expandable) Windows Defender menu to the desktop context menu for all users in Windows 8 and 8.1 to be able to quickly open Windows Defender to settings, update, update and quick scan, quick scan, or full scan.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove this desktop context menu, but all users are able to use it.


EXAMPLE: Windows Defender Cascading Desktop Context Menu

Desktop_Context_Menu.jpg


Here's How:

1. To Add "Windows Defender" 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_Windows-Defender_to_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg
download

2. To Remove "Windows Defender" from the Desktop Context Menu
NOTE:
This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 3 below.​
Remove_Windows-Defender_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 or press and hold on your desktop to see the change.
NOTE: You can press the Windows+ D keys to go to the desktop.


That's it,
Shawn


 

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TonyB

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Thank got it back :)
 

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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This has been very useful. I was wondering whether you know of a way of adding it to the :winkey: + x menu which can also be accessed by right clicking :winkey: in Windows 8.1?

I think this would be a very convenient additional menu to have the open up/update Windows Defender options.

Thanks

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Hello Philiip,

I'm not sure that it's possible to add cascading menus to the :winkey: + X menu, but you could use the method in the tutorial below to edit it to add what you like to it.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5607-power-user-tasks-menu-win-x-edit-windows-8-a.html


If you edit the .reg file from step 1, the "command" paths for each item will be listed.

For example, to open Windows Defender: "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe"

Hope this helps, :)
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