How to get Windows 8 Win + X menu on Windows 7 & Vista [Tip]

Windows 8 includes a Win + X menu that provides quick access to a variety of system shortcuts. For example, you can open the Device Manager, Task Manager, Command Prompt etc from the Win + X menu. You can also add this menu to both Windows Vista and 7 with the freeware WinPlusX 4.0.

To add the WinPlusX 4.0 menu to Windows, open this page and click on the Download option to save as a Zip file. Then right-click on the Zip file, select Extract All and choose a suitable location for the extracted folder. Open the folder and click on WinplusX.exe.

Open the menu by clicking on its system tray icon. Alternatively, press the Win + X shortcut key. That opens the Win + X menu in the shot below.

Win + X

Now you can open a variety of system tools from this menu. In addition, you can also add shortcuts to the menu. Click on WinPlus X Options at the top of the menu and Add new. Choose a software package to add to the menu, and click OK to close the window. You should then find a shortcut for the selected software package at the bottom of the menu as below.

Win + X2

To delete shortcuts from the menu, click WinPlusX Options > Remove Shortcuts. Then select a shortcut on the menu to remove it. Note that you should also select Remove Shortcuts after removing a shortcut.

Win + X3

Overall, Win + X is a very handy addition to Windows Vista and 7. You can add a variety of shortcuts to it to replace those on the desktop, Start menu or taskbar, and it already includes a good choice of system tools.

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5 comments

  1. Frank D

    I tried the WinPlusX program, and found that I didn’t need it. How can I uninstall it? It doesn’t show up in Windows 7’s Program list or the Uninstall Programs app and there’s no uninstall function.

  2. David C

    Thank you, Matthew! This is very helpful.

    I must have missed those articles, so I probably need to take the time to check out all of the other ones that you assumably wrote.

    Please keep up the good work! I greatly appreciate what you, Ashraf, and others are doing here on dottech.org.

  3. David C

    Matthew,

    I absolutely love these types of quick and specific shortcut lists. In Windows Vista and XP, I’ve thrived on the Quick Launch feature, which I would customize to list the most commonly used system tools. However, now that I also finally have a copy of Windows 7 Professional, I’ve been trying to remember how I managed to create a custom toolbar a few years ago on a different computer, which is the closest option that I could find for the Quick Launch feature that seems to have been removed from Windows 7.

    I really like your tip with WinPlusX 4.0, and I will certainly try it later, but I was also wondering if you would happen to know if in fact the Quick Launch feature was definitely removed from Windows 7 and/or if it can be added?

    By the way, what software or tweak did you use to enlarge your clock in the system tray? That’s really awesome!

    Thank you,

    David C