Add “System Tools” Cascading Menu in My Computer Context Menu in Windows 7 and Later

Recently we posted a tutorial for adding your favorite programs shortcuts under cascading menus in Windows 7 Desktop and My Computer context menus:

Add Cascading Menus for Programs in Desktop and My Computer Context Menus in Windows 7 and Later

It might become very useful if you want to add your frequently used programs or system tools under separate groups.

Today in this article, we are providing a ready-made registry script which can add a new cascading menu "System Tools" in Windows 7 My Computer context menu which contains following useful shortcuts under it:

  • Control Panel
  • Disk Cleanup
  • Device Manager
  • Even Viewer
  • Registry Editor
  • Security Center
  • System Configuration
  • Task Manager
  • Task Scheduler
  • Windows Update

By default, it adds the cascading menu in the middle of context menu. But if you want, you can add it at top or bottom of context menu.

There are 3 different scripts included in the ZIP file, simply run the desired REG file to add the cascading menu.

There is also an uninstallation script available in the ZIP file so that you can remove the cascading menu.

Download Registry Script

PS: If the cascading menu doesn't work for you, first take ownership of following keys in Registry Editor:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\Shell

Then run the registry script again.

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  • ya its good share bt if it will more good when it come in normal ""RIGHT CLICK "" I HOPE U 'LL TRY

  • VG

    ^^ Here you go:

    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-add-program-shortcuts-and-other-useful-shortcuts-with-icons-in-windows-7-desktop-context-menu/

  • This ,very usefull,reg-tweak does not work on my Win10.
    First took ownership, but after trying to add the reg-tweaks, I got error; " can not import, entrence dissalowed etc. "

    It worked perfect on Win7 , not anymore in Win10 !

    WHY not ??

  • " Add Cascading Menus for Programs in Desktop and My Computer Context Menus in Windows 7 AND LATER " ( ??)

    NOT for "later " !!

  • Same here will not work on my windows 10 getting same error as Pete

  • VG

    Working fine here on Windows 10 latest build. As mentioned in the tutorial. You'll need to take ownership of the 2 keys in Registry Editor first.

  • Yes,thank you so much for this very usefull Reg-script !

    Finally it works ,after upgrading from TSH2 to Redstone1, only had to remove the Win-upd. item coz this one did not work , the rest of all these items are fine !!

  • Would be much better if we could get the "services.msc" in it also, with the icon ..........

  • VG

    ^^ You can manually add any desired item using following tutorial:

    http://www.askvg.com/add-cascading-menus-for-your-favorite-programs-in-windows-7-desktop-context-menu/

  • Very good, but still dont know how to put "services.msc" with icon in this list, instead of win-updates ( which does not show up in RS1) .
    Maybe you can give us some note-pad items ,which we can ad to the main-reg item .....?

  • VG

    ^^ First run the Registry script and it'll add all items including Windows Update. Since you want to replace Windows Update with Services Manager, go to following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\wu\command

    And in right-side pane, change value of (Default) to following:

    %SystemRoot%\system32\mmc.exe /s %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc

    To change item label, go to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\wu

    And change value of (Default) to Services Manager.

  • It does not work, will you ,please, help us by making a new Registry-script ?
    So,without Win-upd and with the service.msc in it ?

    Many thanks ,appreciate !

  • VG

    ^^ Here you go:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ;Created by Vishal Gupta for AskVG.com

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\SystemTools]
    "MUIVerb"="System Tools"
    "SubCommands"="control;cleanmgr;devmgr;event;regedit;secctr;msconfig;taskmgr;taskschd;sm"
    "icon"="imageres.dll,104"
    "Position"=-

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\control]
    @="Control Panel"
    "icon"="control.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\control\command]
    @="control.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\cleanmgr]
    @="Disk Cleanup"
    "icon"="cleanmgr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\cleanmgr\command]
    @="cleanmgr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\devmgr]
    @="Device Manager"
    "Icon"=hex(2):64,00,65,00,76,00,6d,00,67,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,\
    00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\devmgr\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,6d,00,\
    63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,20,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,\
    00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,\
    74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,64,00,65,00,76,00,6d,00,67,00,6d,00,74,\
    00,2e,00,6d,00,73,00,63,00,00,00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\event]
    @="Event Viewer"
    "icon"="eventvwr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\event\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,6d,00,\
    63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,20,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,\
    00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,\
    74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,65,00,76,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,76,00,77,\
    00,72,00,2e,00,6d,00,73,00,63,00,00,00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\regedit]
    @="Registry Editor"
    "icon"="regedit.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\regedit\command]
    @="regedit.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\secctr]
    @="Security Center"
    "icon"="wscui.cpl"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\secctr\command]
    @="control wscui.cpl"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\msconfig]
    @="System Configuration"
    "icon"="msconfig.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\msconfig\command]
    @="msconfig.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\taskmgr]
    @="Task Manager"
    "icon"="taskmgr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\taskmgr\command]
    @="taskmgr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\taskschd]
    @="Task Scheduler"
    "icon"="miguiresource.dll,1"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\taskschd\command]
    @="Control schedtasks"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\sm]
    @="Services Manager"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\sm\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,6d,00,\
    63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,20,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,\
    00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,\
    74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,65,00,72,00,76,00,69,00,63,00,65,\
    00,73,00,2e,00,6d,00,73,00,63,00,00,00

  • Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ;Created by Vishal Gupta for AskVG.com

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\SystemTools]
    "MUIVerb"="System Tools"
    "SubCommands"="control;cleanmgr;devmgr;event;regedit;secctr;msconfig;taskmgr;taskschd;run;sm"
    "icon"="imageres.dll,104"
    "Position"="Top"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\control]
    @="Control Panel"
    "icon"="control.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\control\command]
    @="control.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\cleanmgr]
    @="Disk Cleanup"
    "icon"="cleanmgr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\cleanmgr\command]
    @="cleanmgr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\devmgr]
    @="Device Manager"
    "Icon"=hex(2):64,00,65,00,76,00,6d,00,67,00,72,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,00,\
    00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\devmgr\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,6d,00,\
    63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,20,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,\
    00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,\
    74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,64,00,65,00,76,00,6d,00,67,00,6d,00,74,\
    00,2e,00,6d,00,73,00,63,00,00,00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\event]
    @="Event Viewer"
    "icon"="eventvwr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\event\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,6d,00,\
    63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,20,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,\
    00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,\
    74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,65,00,76,00,65,00,6e,00,74,00,76,00,77,\
    00,72,00,2e,00,6d,00,73,00,63,00,00,00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\regedit]
    @="Registry Editor"
    "icon"="regedit.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\regedit\command]
    @="regedit.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\secctr]
    @="Security Center"
    "icon"="wscui.cpl"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\secctr\command]
    @="control wscui.cpl"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\msconfig]
    @="System Configuration"
    "icon"="msconfig.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\msconfig\command]
    @="msconfig.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\taskmgr]
    @="Task Manager"
    "icon"="taskmgr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\taskmgr\command]
    @="taskmgr.exe"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\taskschd]
    @="Task Scheduler"
    "icon"="miguiresource.dll,1"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\taskschd\command]
    @="Control schedtasks"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\run]
    @="Uitvoeren"
    "icon"="shell32.dll,24"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\run\command]
    @="explorer shell:::{2559A1F3-21D7-11D4-BDAF-00C04F60B9F0}"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\sm]
    @="Services Manager"

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\sm\command]
    @=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
    00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,6d,00,\
    63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,73,00,20,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,\
    00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,\
    74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,00,65,00,72,00,76,00,69,00,63,00,65,\
    00,73,00,2e,00,6d,00,73,00,63,00,00,00

    I added the "run-command" in it, works very good, usefull also !
    I added "Top" in context-position and have all the icons in also, only one icon is missing......Services.mgr !

    Maybe you can tell us how to get this missing icon in this regtweak ?

  • VG

    ^^ Replace following line:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\sm]
    @="Services Manager"

    with following:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell\sm]
    @="Services Manager"
    "icon"="shell32.dll,24"

    and replace 24 with other desired icon number. It depends upon you which icon do you want to show in the menu.

  • "replace 24 with other desired icon number. It depends upon you which icon do you want to show in the menu."
    "icon"="shell32.dll,24" this is the "run"icon .
    We have this icon twice now, you know the number of the smgr-icon ?

  • VG

    ^^ Thats why I told you to replace 24 with other number. Try 71 or 72.

  • It should look like a gear-wheel , sorry for my bad English.

  • Found something : "Icon"=hex(2):66,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,6d,00,67,00,6d,00,74,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,\
    00,6c,00,00,00
    This key gives us a wonderfull "gear-wheel" !
    Dont know if its safe to use, but,at least, it works and looks awsome !

  • Many thanks for your great support for improving this reg-tweak in Win10 RS1 !
    Im sure you did not only help me, but a lot of other fox also, who faced the same problems like me...........!

    THANK YOU !

  • VG

    ^^ You are welcome. :)

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