Apart from the removal of handy options from the desktop interface, Windows 8 has been widely accepted by the larger majority. However, what if there was a way to bring the famous oldies back and allow all users, discontented or satisfied, to work through their frequent tasks in a more comfortable way? You’d love that, won’t you!
Well, here is an article that mentions an easy way to modify the Registry and incorporate Reset, Shutdown, Lock and Signout options manually into the Desktop context menu. So now, let the revolutionary journey begin!
Warning: Tampering sensitive registry files can cause serious consequences to the system. It is advised you backup all items before proceeding forward. To backup your registry, right click the file on the menu, and click Export and save it in a desired place. You can also use Registry Recycler (its totally free) to scan registry, fix Windows errors, and backup the registry.
- Start the procedures by opening Run box. This can be done by pressing the Windows + R keys. Next, type regedit in the text field and press Enter. Notice the Registry Editor box pop up on the screen. If you do not know it yet, this is where all the magic will happen.
- Expand HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT from the hive displayed on the left section. Scroll down until you find DesktopBackground. This is the key that contains the context menu that is accessed by right-clicking on the desktop. Proceed by expanding this entity and right clicking on Shell that now appears. Hover over New and select Key
- This will generate a new key under the menu DesktopBackground. Name this creation Lock Computer, Reset, Shutdown, or Sign Out, based on your preference. We will move forward by naming it Lock Computer.
- Highlight Lock Computer and right-click the blank screen on the right pane. Click New, and then String Value. Repeat this step to generate two strings. Name one icon, and the other Position.
- Now, right-click icon and choose Modify. Under Value data, enter the appropriate text according to your need:
- For Lock Computer, type shell32.dll,-48
- For Shutdown, type shell32.dll,-28
- For Restart, type shell32.dll,-290
- For Sign Out, type shell32.dll,-45
- Once done, click OK.
- Next, Modify the position value to Bottom. Click OK to confirm the changes.
- Now, create a subkey under Lock Computer using the same method as formerly described. Name this key as command and highlight this entry.
- Notice Default string in the right pane. Right-click on it and choose Modify. Under Value data, enter the following strings:
- For Lock Computer, type rundll32.exe,LockWorkStation
- For Shutdown, type shutdown.exe,-s –t 00 -f
- For Restart, type shutdown.exe,-r –t 00 -f
- For Sign Out, type shutdown.exe,-L
You’re all done! Close the registry and press Windows + D keys to access the Desktop. Right-click to verify your results. Notice any changes?