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How to add 'Check for Updates' option to the Windows 10 context menu?



Windows 10 allows you to check for new updates by navigating to Update & Security | Windows Update from the Windows 10 "Settings" app. You can make it even easier by adding a new context menu item to your desktop. So, you can access it any time by right-clicking on your desktop and select "Check for updates".

 

Today in this short "how-to" series, we will learn how to add a new context menu entry to your Windows 10 desktop and make it easier to access the Windows Update page. Continue reading further.

 

 

How to add 'Check for Updates' option to the Windows 10 context menu?

 

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How to add a 'Check for updates' context menu entry to Windows 10 desktop?

  1. Launch the "Run" dialog by pressing Win + R. Type regedit and press Enter to launch the Windows Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell" in the Registry Editor.
  3. Right-click on the Shell key and select New | Key.
  4. Name it as "Check for updates". This is the name that will appear in the context menu.
  5. Right-click on the key Check for updates, select New | String Value.
  6. Name it as "SettingsURI", and set it's value to "ms-settings:windowsupdate-action".
  7. Again, right-click on the key Check for updates, select New | String Value.
  8. Name it as "Icon", and set it's value to "%SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,-47" to add an icon next to the context menu entry.
  9. Once again, right-click on the key Check for updates, select New | String Value.
  10. Name it as "Position", and set its value either to "Top", "Middle", or "Bottom".
  11. One more time, right-click on the key Check for updates, select New | Key.
  12. Name it as "command".
  13. Now right-click on the key command, and select New | String Value.
  14. Name it as "DelegateExecute", and set it's value to "{556FF0D6-A1EE-49E5-9FA4-90AE116AD744}".
  15. Now, come to your desktop, right-click on any blank space, and click Check for updates. You will be automatically navigated to the Windows 10 Update Settings page.

 

 


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