Add Advanced Startup Options Context Menu in Windows 10

How to Add Advanced Startup Options Context Menu in Windows 10

In Windows 10, there is a way to create a special Desktop context menu to reboot the OS quickly and launch the Advanced Startup Options (troubleshooting options). This is very useful if you have some issue that you cannot fix in the regular Windows 10 environment, for example, you may need to overwrite or delete some in-use files. It is really a good alternative to a bootable DVD or USB stick. Follow the simple instructions in this article to learn how to add this useful command to the Desktop context menu.

Here is how the Advanced Startup Options screen looks in Windows 10.

Windows 10 advanced startup options in action

The continue item allows you to exit the screen and start the OS normally.

The "Troubleshoot" item includes a number of useful tool, e.g. command prompt, system recovery and reset, startup repair, and more. Tourbleshoot - advanced options item

Startup repair item

To create the context menu command, we can use the same trick as we covered in the blog post Make shortcut to Advanced Startup options in Windows 10. The command we need integrate with the context menu looks as follows:

shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 0

The switches are:

  • The /r switch after shutdown.exe means restart
  • The /o switch is to enter Advanced Startup
  • The /f switch force closes all running programs before Windows restarts
  • The /t switch specifies the amount of time in seconds after which Windows will restart.

Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options Context Menu
Before proceeding, ensure that your user account has administrative privileges.

To Add Advanced Startup Options Context Menu in Windows 10,

Before proceeding, ensure that your user account has administrative privileges. Now, follow the instructions below.

  1. Download the following ZIP archive: Download ZIP archive.
  2. Extract its contents to any folder. You can place the files directly to the Desktop.
  3. Unblock the files.
  4. Double click on the Add Advanced Startup Options Context Menu.reg file to merge it.
  5. To remove the entry from the context menu, use the provided file Remove Advanced Startup Options Context Menu.reg.

You are done!

How it works

The Registry files above modify the Registry branch

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell\AdvancedStartupOptions

Tip: See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

They add or remove the mentioned AdvancedStartupOptions subkey. Under AdvancedStartupOptions\command key the you will find the shutdown command called with the arguments described above, i.e. shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 0.

Windows 10 Advanced Startup Options Context Menu Tweak

That's it.

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