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Screenshots: Use Win+X Menu Editor to customize Windows 8

After using the Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 8, you can create your own customized WinX menu

Ever since I began experimenting with the technique that I showed you last week about adding a custom Shut Down menu into Windows 8's Desktop context menu, I have been looking at the WinX menu and wondering whether it could be similarly customized via a registry hack. Unfortunately, it turns out that customizing the WinX menu isn't that easy. In fact, it appears that Microsoft went out of their way to make it difficult to customize the WinX menu in order to force users to rely only on the Start Screen.

Fortunately, I discovered that there are some equally crafty developers out there who have been attacking the defenses that Microsoft built to prevent us from being able to customize the WinX menu. The result of these developers' combined work is the Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 8. Using this great tool, you can easily create your own customized WinX menu like the one shown in Figure B.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.