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Add "Check for Updates" context menu

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Here is how you can add the "Check for Updates" option to the context menu in Windows 11:

  1. Before you begin, create a system restore point or backup the Registry first. This is to prevent any irreversible changes that could potentially harm your system.

  2. Open the Run box (you can do this by pressing Windows Key + R), type regedit, and press Enter. Click on Yes on the User Account Control (UAC) Prompt to open the Registry Editor.

  3. Navigate to the following key: Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\DesktopBackground\Shell.

  4. Right-click on the Shell folder and select New > Key. Rename the new folder to Check for Updates.

  5. Right-click on the Check for Updates folder and select New > Key. Rename the new folder to command.

  6. Right-click on the command folder and select New > String Value. Rename the string value to DelegateExecute.

  7. Double click on the DelegateExecute string and in the value field, enter: {556FF0D6-A1EE-49E5-9FA4-90AE116AD744}.

  8. Now, to add an icon, go back and again right-click on the Check for Updates folder, select New > String Value and rename it to SettingsURl.

  9. Double-click on the SettingsURl string and type the following in the value field: ms-settings:windowsupdate-action.

  10. Right-click on the Check for Updates folder, select New > String Value and rename it to Icon.

  11. Double click on the Icon string and type the following in the value field: %SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,-47.

  12. Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

After restarting, you should see the "Check for Updates" option in the desktop context menu​

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