Oct 12 2017

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Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 10 and Windows 8

One of the new features of Windows 8 is Win+X “Start” menu. It is non-customizable part of the operating system. Win+X Menu Editor is my latest work and it serves to provide you a simple and useful way to edit Win+X menu without system file modification. It keeps your system integrity untouched.

Latest version is it supports Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
Read the rest to learn more and see change log and the demo video

Change log
Now compatible with Windows 10 version 1703 “Creators Update”.
No more separate builds for x86 and x64 Windows releases. The single binary works in both versions.
Fixed “move to group” behavior: first item in the group was not visible until you restart the app.
Minor changes for better support of Windows 10.
New feature – “Add an Administrative Tools item” allows you to add any Administrative Tools item quickly and easy.
Workaround with Program Files(x86) folder. Now shortcuts to that folder will be displayed properly in Win+X menu.
Bug fixed: if you try to add a shortcut which is already in Win+X menu folder, then application will show you .NET framework error.

  • New feature – “Add a Control Panel item” allows you to add any control panel applet including hidden like “Network Connections” or “All Tasks(God Mode)”.
  • Improved icons resolving for Win+X menu items
  • “Add a program” now not a button but drop-down menu.
  • Some very minor non-critical bugs are fixed
Fixed a bug with built-in items renaming

  • hashlnk is not required anymore, all its functions are ported into the Win+X Menu Editor source code
  • Numerous bugs are fixed, such as sorting bug or crash on empty Win+X menu
  • Improved “add a program” feature
  • New clean and useful UI with hotkeys, new icons
  • The ability to move shortcuts between groups
  • New feature – “Presets”, which allows you to add various commands in Win+X menu, such as shutdown options, calculator and so on.
Fixed a bug with Windows 8 RTM.
Improved *.lnk file handling. You need no rename Win+X menu items anymore, it uses file display name instead of lnk target.
Added support to Windows 8 Release Preview
Initial release

Here is the demo video of Win+X Menu Editor

With Win+X Menu Editor you are able:

  • to add new items.
  • to remove any item of Win+X menu.
  • to change display name of any item of Win+X menu.
  • to reorder Win+X menu items.

An addition information

Win+X Menu Editor is based on the hashlink ( source code by Rafael Rivera. Please respect him.

Main icon is daKirby309’s ” Desktop ( ” icon + mspaint.exe

The Win+X Menu Editor is available in two editions – x86 and x64. Don’t use x86 version on Windows x64.
Starting with version 3.0, I eliminated separate versions for x64 and x86 Windows. From now, a single executable file can be used in both x64 and x86 editions.

Nice Tweak. But everytime I press apply all icons on the desktop are mixed together!

everytime I click apply:

my “fingerprint” programm (virtual airprint server from collobos) gives up, disappears from the taskbar, the fingerprint-service is also corrupted. I have to restart the service and kill the fingerprint task and start again.
Pretty much work. sad!unsure

everytime I click apply:

my “fingerprint” programm (virtual airprint server from collobos) gives up, disappears from the taskbar, the fingerprint-service is also corrupted. I have to restart the service and kill the fingerprint task and start again.
Pretty much work.

Have been using a few weeks now. Thank you.
Excellent program. Mine has the bare essentials:

Shutdown Link to shutdown VBScript File

Control Panel Link to Control Panel

File explorer Link to Computer Explorer
User folders Link to my pictures, videos, documents, etc.

Program Apps Link to C: ProgramData Microsoft Windows
Start Menu Programs (was hidden)
Desktop Link to Desktop

I created a shortcut for the Windows Update but it doesn’t add to the menu. It’s strange because it worked for everything else I tried.

Can you share your shortcut?

I right clicked the control panel icon in the “system and security” to create a shortcut. The shortcut has target “Control Panel System and Security Windows Update”.

i will try to fix this issue in upcoming version 2.0

i just can’t add any of my applications to the menu, except those presets.
im using the latest version of your program in the environment of win8 rtm

How I can reproduce the issue?
Your Windows 8 is x86 or x64?

Hi. Great program. I have the same issue as ZZZ, in that I created a shortcut to Network Connections and then added it to the editor. It shows in the editor but doesn’t appear in the Win + X Menu. Shortcuts created to ordinary programs works fine, so it must be Control Panel shortcuts it has a problem with.

Is this fixable, or is there a workaround/different method we can use?

this is NOT fixable, but we can use a different method
We can use shell commands for that purposes. I will publish all of them so you can easily create the required shortcut.
Also I will add such option to next version. I think I will do it today or tomorrow.
Right now you can create shortcut using

as shortcut target

ZZZ, for “Control Panel System and Security Windows Update” you can use
explorer.exe shell. <36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8>

Perfect – thanks very much.

The Network and Sharing Center shortcut worked for me, the only that didn’t work was the Windows Update.

I’ll try the shell command. Thx.

Only presets working. Unable to add to menu any .exe that I’ve tried.
They appear on Win+X Menu Editor interface, but never shows on Win+X menu.

Win 8 Pro 64-bit retail here (build 9200).

Kudos for the app, anyways, B’dozer.

Guys, please, if you have issues with this software, tell me more details
Which app you tried to add?
Please specify the full path to exe file.

I have no ideas how I can reproduce the bug without that information.
I will try to fix a bug once I repeat it.

I tried to add Firefox, and MS Office’s Outlook.

As I said, I’m running Win 8 Pro 64-bit retail (build 9200).
So I ran Win+X Menu Editor (64-bit version), clicked on ‘Add Program’ button, navigated to ‘C: Program Files (x86) Mozilla Firefox’, and choose firefox.exe.
When asked “Please enter new name”, I simply put Firefox (with a capital F), and OK.
Firefox showed up at the top of Group 3, then I clicked “Restart Explorer”.

Firefox didn’t appear in Win+X menu. I closed the app, ran it again (as Administrator), repeated the same steps, same result. Again with Outlook (C: Program Files (x86) Microsoft Office Office14 Outlook.exe), with same result.

Interesting, I tried then to add Group 4 and move Firefox to it. When I restarted explorer, The Win+x menu showed up with a division line ABOVE ‘Programs and Features’ (which is the top App for Group 3), but with nothing above that line.
I added presets then, to Group 4 (Notepad and Paint). Restarted explorer and both presets showed up ok on Win+X menu.

Sorry for the english. Regards..

Thanks you very much for this report.
Fixed. Please re-download.
I will do more workarounds for x86 resources in Windows x64 in near future.

Thanks a lot for this very nice piece of software.
The latest version works absolutely perfectly on my Win 8 Pro x64.

add feature to add item+icon at the win-x menu.

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