Windows Update Add Windows Update Context Menu in Windows 11


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In Windows 11, you decide when and how to get the latest updates to keep your device running smoothly and securely. When you update, you'll get the latest fixes and security improvements, helping your device run efficiently and stay protected. In most cases, restarting your device completes the update. Make sure your device is plugged in when you know updates will be installed.

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If you like, you can add a Windows Update context menu to make accessing the Windows Update pages in Settings fast and easy.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Windows Update to the desktop context menu for all users in Windows 11.


While you must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove this context menu, all users can use this context menu.


EXAMPLE: Windows Update context menu

You will need to click/tap on Show more options first by default, then click/tap on Windows Update.


Show_more_options.png
Windows_Update_context_menu.png



Here's How:

1 Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.

2 Add "Windows Update" 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_Update_to_desktop_context_menu.reg


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

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate]
"Icon"="imageres.dll,-1401"
"MUIVerb"="Windows Update"
"Position"="Bottom"
"SubCommands"=""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\001flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Windows Update"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\001flyout\command]
@="explorer ms-settings:windowsupdate"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\002flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Schedule the restart"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\002flyout\command]
@="explorer ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\003flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Update history"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\003flyout\command]
@="explorer ms-settings:windowsupdate-history"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\004flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Advanced options"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\004flyout\command]
@="explorer ms-settings:windowsupdate-options"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\005flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Optional updates"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\005flyout\command]
@="explorer ms-settings:windowsupdate-optionalupdates"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\006flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Delivery Optimization"
"SubCommands"=""


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\006flyout\shell\001flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Delivery Optimization"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\006flyout\shell\001flyout\command]
@="explorer ms-settings:delivery-optimization"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\006flyout\shell\002flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Advanced options"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\006flyout\shell\002flyout\command]
@="explorer ms-settings:delivery-optimization-advanced"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\006flyout\shell\003flyout]
"MUIVerb"="Activity monitor"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate\shell\006flyout\shell\003flyout\command]
@="explorer ms-settings:delivery-optimization-activity"

3 Remove "Windows Update" 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_Update_from_desktop_context_menu.reg


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

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\WindowsUpdate]

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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Scott

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Hey @Brink will this work if I disabled "show more options" per this tutorial?


Disregard. It Worked!

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Hi Brink,

Do you think that Windows 11 will "get back" the ability to pin "Settings functions" to Start, as it is in Windows 10?

Cheers
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Hi Brink,

Do you think that Windows 11 will "get back" the ability to pin "Settings functions" to Start, as it is in Windows 10?

Cheers
Steve

Hello Steve, :-)

Not sure, but you can manually create shortcuts for some Settings below to pin instead for now.

 

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Hello Steve, :-)

Not sure, but you can manually create shortcuts for some Settings below to pin instead for now.

Thanks Brink,

I do hope that the "Pin" functionality is included in the near future.

Cheers
Steve
 

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