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    Personalize - Add or Remove Expanding Desktop Context Menu

    Personalize - Add or Remove Expanding Desktop Context Menu
    How to Add or Remove Expanding "Personalize" Desktop Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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    19 Sep 2012
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    How to Add or Remove Expanding "Personalize" Desktop Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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

    While all users can use this context menu, you must be signed 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.

    Desktop Background - Change in Windows 7 Starter


    EXAMPLE: Custom Expanding "Personalize" Desktop Context Menu

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    Here's How:

    1. If you have not aleady, you will need to first take ownership in Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1, and set permissions to Allow the Administrators group Full control of both the Personalize and command registry keys below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: If you already did this step previously, then you will not need to do it again.


    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Personalize

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    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Personlize\command

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    2. Do either step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do.


    3. To Use the Custom Expanding "Personalize" Desktop Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Use_Custom_Personalize_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg


    download


    4. To Restore the Default "Personalize" Desktop Context Menu

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Restore_Default_Personalize_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg


    download


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

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

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


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Wow, I guess I have some problem over here. See this pic:

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    Look at that, the Personalize context menu is not expandable. Why?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Akip, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It looks like you may have missed the second part of step 1 for the registry key below. Please double check and try again to see if that was it.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\Personlize\command
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    Jakarta, Indonesia
    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yeah sorry, I forgot that step.

    Thanks Shawn
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    No problem. I'm just glad that you got it working.
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