How to change the WinX menu, including Powershell/Powershell (Admin)

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  1. Posts : 27
    Windows 10

    How to change the WinX menu, including Powershell/Powershell (Admin)


    My new W10 installation has issues. I wrote a separate post about the Explorer Menu related issues.
    The others are related to the WinX menu:
    When I use the W10 menu and select that the command prompt should be replaced by Powershell, the menu option itself is changed. But I cannot use it. An error message says restrictions prevent performance. There is no default program installed or so. Well, Powershell IS on the pc, but apparently cannot be linked to the menu option.
    I read parts of the Powershell tutorial but did not quite understand it. It seemed different from my issue.
    I wish to add the control panel option to the win-x menu. Seems impossible.

    Thanks for helping,
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  2. Posts : 19,524
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux

    I'm not sure about first question, I had that happen but cleared itself.
    For second one: Add Win+X Classic Menu to Context Menu in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 51
    Win 10 Pro x64

    Hi wimyogya,

    If you want to customize your Win+X Menu, you could have a look at Win+X Menu Editor (portable).
    I'm using it since it was published, never had an issue and now it works perfectly on my Win10 1903 - Build 18362.207.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by throkr; 01 Jul 2019 at 12:34. Reason: typo + added : portable
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  4. Posts : 1,682

    Alternative solution: Get Classic Shell. It gives you the "old" start menu, which is what the Win-X menu is supposed to be.
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    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider

    Win-X menu and old Start Menu (i.e. XP and Win7) aren't even close to being the same. Classic Shell is intended to replace and give back the "old" start menu like Win 7 instead of using the Start Menu with tiles.
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  6. Posts : 208
    Win 10

    Maybe try toggling this setting, Settings>personalization>taskbar, replace command prompt with powershell in menu when I right click the start button or press win key+X.
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  7. Posts : 1,235
    W10-Pro 22H2

    I was reluctant to install another program merely to add Win+X menu items, so had a look at the relevant folders: %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX, with three 'GroupX' folders beneath. A lot of mucking about confirmed one cannot simply add shortcuts here: mine in Group2 (but not groups 1 or 3) started with a numeric: 'x - sc_name' (which controlled the presented order) and I found that if I created a sc to something else, but named it the same as one of the 5 originals, then that 'something else' ran. But this was messy.

    So reluctantly I turned to the web, where I found this: All the ways to customize the WinX menu in Windows 10 (and Windows 8.1) - Page 2 | Digital Citizen
    which covers WinXmenueditor, but on page 2 goes on to explain more, and points to a tool called hashlnk (I know - another program!). I downloaded this and tested it as explained above: a sc (CP.lnk) to control.exe in %windir%\system32 was hashlnk'ed, shown in the winx\Group2 folder:
    How to change the WinX menu, including Powershell/Powershell (Admin)-winx-folder.png
    and this is the resulting menu:
    How to change the WinX menu, including Powershell/Powershell (Admin)-winx-menu.png

    The other sc's are my aborted attempts to do it myself. The magic going on in hashlnk is explained here: The WinX Menu and its hashing algorithm

    hth, Martin
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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  9. Posts : 27
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Hello all,
    Thanks for the miriade of answers and suggestions.
    So far this is my conclusion:
    1. Changing the Win-X-menu ONLY to add the option CONTROL PANEL seems way to much risky work. I can not understand the procedures and am afraid to make mistakes. Am no expert at all. Just a user.
    Giving things a closer look: is CONTROL PANEL the same as WINDOWS 10 SETTINGS?? If so: the settings wheel is available in my W10 main menu.
    2. I know how to toggle WIN-X between command prompt and powershell. But after I selected powershell and click I get a message that Powershell can not be used due to restrictions. From there i get lost. No idea what to do. And could not find it in the suggested answers and links. Or did I miss something?

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  10. Posts : 70,016
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations


    Nar, the tutorial below will make it real easy to add Control Panel to your Win+X menu.

    Add or Remove Control Panel or Settings on Win+X Menu in Windows 10

    Please post a screenshot show the message you get for PowerShell to see it may better help ID the issue. Do you remember restricting or blocking the app file for PowerShell?
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