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    Windows Defender Cascading Desktop Context Menu - Create in Windows 8

    Windows Defender Cascading Desktop Context Menu - Create in Windows 8
    How to Add a "Windows Defender" Cascading Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    18 Aug 2012
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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.


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    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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    windows 8 pro 64x


    Nice one, I don't understand why this wasn't included from the outset.
    By the way, can you right click on a file or folder & choose "Scan with windows Defender"?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you BongoKongo. Yeah, it would have been nice to have at least a shortcut to it by default.

    There's not a "Scan with windows Defender" option by default. There is an option to add it to the context menu, but it only runs in the background without notice unless something is found. I find it to not be very helpful, and still working on a way to make it work better.

    You could also open Windows Defender to do a "custom scan" and "Scan Now" to scan specific files though.
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    win 7, 8.1, Ubuntu


    Thanks for this, been looking for some way to start scans. BTW what do you think of Windows Defender Offline, I find I can now update it after booting up from USB thumbdrive though not via wireless, but it works if I am connected by the cable.
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    You're welcome Corax. Windows Defender Offline can be hand little bootable USB when you need to scan your PC for malware and viruses at boot.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Good one. Thanks
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    You're welcome Clint, and welcome to Eight Forums.
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    bangalore
    Posts : 634
    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    Brink see this

    Nothing shows up when I move the cursor to windows defender
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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Bagavan,

    Were you signed into an administrator account when you merged the .reg file?

    If so, merge the .reg file again to make sure that you clicked on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK in step 4. If you mistakenly didn't approve one of these prompts, then it will not work.

    Hope this helps for now.
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    bangalore
    Posts : 634
    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    I did the exact procedure.

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