How to Add "System Properties" to Computer Context Menu in Vista

information   Information
This will show you how to add System Properties to the Start Menu Computer (My Computer) context (right click) menu in Vista.
Note   Note
Normally you would have to either open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click on the System icon or right click on the Computer button in the Start menu and right click on Properties, then click on the Advanced system setttings link to open the System Properties window. (See screenshot below)

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EXAMPLE: System Properties window
NOTE: This is what will open when you click on the System Properties context menu item below when added and click Continue for UAC prompt.
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EXAMPLE: Start Menu Computer context menu Before and After System Properties added
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OPTION ONE

Using a REG File Download

1. To Add System Properties
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_System_Properties.reg
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B) Go to step 3.
2. To Remove System Properties
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_System_Properties.reg
download
3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





OPTION TWO

Manually in Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.

2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.

4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)
Code:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLISD\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell
5. To Add System Properties
A) In the left pane, right click on shell and click on New, then Key. (See screenshot above)

B) Type System Properties and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

C) In the left pane, right click on System Properties and click on New, then Key.
D) Type command and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

E) In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify.
F) Type Control sysdm.cpl and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: This file is located at C:\Windows\System32\sysdm.cpl if you wanted to create a shortcut for System Properties.
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G) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)
H) Go to step 7.
6. To Remove System Properties
A) In the left pane, right click on System Properties and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)

B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.
7. Close regedit.
That's it,
Shawn