Privacy and Security Add Windows Security to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to add "Windows Security" to the Desktop context menu for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Windows Security is built-in to Windows 11 and includes an antivirus program called Microsoft Defender Antivirus. Your device will be actively protected from the moment you start Windows 11. Windows Security continually scans for malware (malicious software), viruses, and security threats. In addition to this real-time protection, updates are downloaded automatically to help keep your device safe and protect it from threats.

Windows Security is your home to view and manage the security and health of your device.
  • Virus & threat protection - Monitor threats to your device, run scans, and get updates to help detect the latest threats. (Some of these options are unavailable if you're running Windows 10 in S mode.)
  • Account protection - Access sign-in options and account settings, including Windows Hello and dynamic lock.
  • Firewall & network protection - Manage firewall settings and monitor what’s happening with your networks and internet connections.
  • App & browser control - Update settings for Microsoft Defender SmartScreen to help protect your device against potentially dangerous apps, files, sites, and downloads. You'll have exploit protection and you can customize protection settings for your devices.
  • Device security - Review built-in security options to help protect your device from attacks by malicious software.
  • Device performance & health - View status info about your device’s performance health, and keep your device clean and up to date with the latest version of Windows 10.
  • Family options - Keep track of your kids’ online activity and the devices in your household.
  • Protection history - Where you can go to view actions that Microsoft Defender Antivirus has taken on your behalf, Potentially Unwanted Apps that have been removed, or key services that are turned off.
  • Security providers - Manage the apps and services that protect your device.
  • Notifications - Windows Security will send notifications and critical information about the health and security of your device. You can specify which informational notifications you want.

While you must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the "Windows Security" context menu, all users can use the context menu if added.



EXAMPLE: Windows Security desktop context menu

In Windows 11, you will need to click/tap on Show more options first by default, then click/tap on Windows Security.

This Windows Security context menu includes underline access keys to also open items with.


Show_more_options.png
Windows_Security_context_menu.png



Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you want.

2 Add "Windows Security" to Desktop Context Menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Add_Windows_Security_to_desktop_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity]
"Icon"="%ProgramFiles%\\Windows Defender\\EppManifest.dll,-101"
"MUIVerb"="Windows &Security"
"Position"="Bottom"
"SubCommands"=""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\001flyout]
"MUIVerb"="&Home"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\001flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender:"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\002flyout]
"MUIVerb"="&Virus and threat protection"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\002flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://threat"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\003flyout]
"MUIVerb"="&Account protection"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\003flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://account"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\004flyout]
"MUIVerb"="&Firewall and network protection"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\004flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://network"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\005flyout]
"MUIVerb"="App and &browser control"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\005flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://appbrowser"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\006flyout]
"MUIVerb"="&Device security"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\006flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://devicesecurity"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\007flyout]
"MUIVerb"="D&evice performance and health"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\007flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://perfhealth"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\008flyout]
"MUIVerb"="&Family options"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\008flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://family"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\009flyout]
"MUIVerb"="&Protection history"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\009flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://history"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\010flyout]
"MUIVerb"="&Security providers"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\010flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://providers"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\011flyout]
"MUIVerb"="&Notifications"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity\shell\011flyout\command]
@="explorer windowsdefender://settings"

3 Remove "Windows Security" from Desktop Context Menu

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Remove_Windows_Security_from_desktop_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsSecurity]

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Is there a way The Windows Defender Firewall cpl applet could be pinned to the taskbar?

Thanks!
 

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Is there a way The Windows Defender Firewall cpl applet could be pinned to the taskbar?

Thanks!
Hello Norman, :alien:

You can create a shortcut using the command below to directly open the Windows Defender Firewall CP.

RunDll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL firewall.cpl
 

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Thanks, I was looking for that shortcut.
 

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    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Family Graphics AMD Firepro 4150M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Audio
    Hard Drives
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    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
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    Computer type
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    Manufacturer/Model
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    CPU
    Xeon 1535m v6
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Quadro Pro 4100
    Sound Card
    Bang and Olufson Audio
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium

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