laptop is missing "scan with windows defender" context menu entry

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       #11

    I would think a repair install would have replaced the shellext.dll file if needed, but it can't hurt to try.

    A SFC /SCANNOW command will also replace it if found corrupted or modified.
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  2. Callender's Avatar
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    If it proves tricky I might try this as it should also backup the original.

    SysMate - System File Walker

    SysMate - System File Walker - J.C.P Laboratory
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  3. Posts : 684
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       #13

    i regularly do an SFC but wont hurt to try. Will take a look at the app you linked. This is like the single last item keeping my laptop from being a mirror of my workstations. Grrr, imagine the effect this can have on someone with a relatively high degree of OCD ;p

    Probably get a lot of that in these parts lol

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    well as a quick test i made a backup of the laptop (which im in the process of restoring so dont get any ideas :P) and did a fresh install.

    first off, the context menu entry is back. However I noticed a difference. On my desktops its labled "scan with microsoft defender"

    on the laptop, its called "scan with windows defender"

    whats with that discrepancy?

    as for the issue itself, i remember hearing at one point, its tied to action center? Is that right? If action center is disabled would defender then be from the context menu?

    has to be some reason its not displaying. just LOVE spending time on this sort of thing /s
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       #14

    I noticed that in the latest Insider builds, "Windows Defender" has been renamed/rebranded to "Microsoft Defender".

    It hasn't done this yet in the public builds.
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  5. Posts : 684
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    Brink said:
    I noticed that in the latest Insider builds, "Windows Defender" has been renamed/rebranded to "Microsoft Defender".

    It hasn't done this yet in the public builds.
    ah, good point. Until you said something that slipped my mind. I am on 19041.153 on all my machines, but the installer i tested with was good ole 1909 i believe.

    So theres that.

    Now just finding out what is hunkering down that context menu entry. Even an in place upgrade didnt bring it back if that helps eliminate some possiblities. SFC and DISM dont touch it.

    something i did eons ago im sure. I used to disable everything i deemed un necessary which eventually became not the case of course. But 15 years ago i was a gamer and overclocker above all else and so performance was all that mattered.

    I spread my tweaks across reg files, programs like winaero etc which often dont use the same path to obtain a result.

    ive done a TON of work to bring everything in line/under the same banner so i am able to undo everything, but this one has me stuck. Entirely.

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    got it, good grief.

    somehow even with importing settings from other pc's to winaero tweaker it was retaining the setting to disable it under the hood so to speak.

    checkmark wasnt in the gui, but if i opened the exported tweaks ini to look, fortunately it was named in an obvious fashion.

    Ive never looked too deep at how winaero tweaker applies its settings, but it uses the same strings as the regfiles here more or less. The regfiles here were my first jab at it of course.

    Somehow that was superseding/overriding the regfiles like.. perpetually. I could re add them over and over and after each merge, still no context menu.

    Unsure if the context menu requires a restart, and then there is a task that winaerotweaker stuffs somewhere that loads its settings at restart and would undo what was done with the regfiles or what.

    And as convenient as winaero tweaker is, that is why im moving away from using it and trying to move towards group policy or regfiles exclusively.

    I'm down to ~11 things applied through it, which ill tackle when i get to it. Lord knows the gentleman that runs that site has some incredible software, winaero tweaker has caused me several facepalmings over the years.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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       #16

    klepp0906 said:
    got it, good grief.

    somehow even with importing settings from other pc's to winaero tweaker it was retaining the setting to disable it under the hood so to speak.

    checkmark wasnt in the gui, but if i opened the exported tweaks ini to look, fortunately it was named in an obvious fashion.

    Ive never looked too deep at how winaero tweaker applies its settings, but it uses the same strings as the regfiles here more or less. The regfiles here were my first jab at it of course.

    Somehow that was superseding/overriding the regfiles like.. perpetually. I could re add them over and over and after each merge, still no context menu.

    Unsure if the context menu requires a restart, and then there is a task that winaerotweaker stuffs somewhere that loads its settings at restart and would undo what was done with the regfiles or what.

    And as convenient as winaero tweaker is, that is why im moving away from using it and trying to move towards group policy or regfiles exclusively.

    I'm down to ~11 things applied through it, which ill tackle when i get to it. Lord knows the gentleman that runs that site has some incredible software, winaero tweaker has caused me several facepalmings over the years.
    I don't blame you.

    I don't like using 3rd party software whenever possible for this very reason. Especially when it can easily be set natively with a .reg file or GPO.
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