How to customize win+X menu in Windows 8 Tip 3.

This video will show you how to add a Windows 8 Start Menu.
Step 1.Press the Windows key on your keyboard + the X key.

In Windows 8, Microsoft it took away the Start menu, however it also provided a very useful new tool the Power User menu. You can bring up the Power User menu by Right-clicking the lower-left hand corner of the Desktop or by pressing the Windows key + X. When you do this a text-based menu pops up that gives you access to 16 tools, including a Run box, a command prompt, an administrative command prompt, the Device Manager and many other useful power tools.
Windows 8 + X Menu
The Power Users menus has the following sub-menus.
Programs and Features.
Mobility Center
Power Options
Event Viewer
Device manager
Disk Manager
Computer Manager
Task Manager
Control Panel
File Explorer
You can actually hack the Power User menu. You can remove and change the menu items that are displayed. You might want to add in programs you use frequently or even individual files that you use all the time.

To start hacking the menu with the items you want to use make sure that you can view hidden files in the Windows File Explorer. Then browse to

Change the username to the account name of the user you are logged on as. Once you do this you should see three folders there: Group1, Group2 and Group3. Each group has shortcuts to the apps that appear on the Power Menu.

Explorer Menu Win + X Menu

The three Group folders represent the three menus on the Power User menu. You can add and delete the shortcuts within folders Group1, Group2 and Group3 and they will be added or removed from the Power User menu.
If you want to add a shortcut, open the group folder where you want to add the shortcut and right-click, select New then Shortcut.

Group3 Menu

Once you’ve finished making the changes the Groups folders, you will need to log out or restart your machine to apply the changes to the menu.

How to add a Windows 8 Start Menu Tip 2.

This video will show you how to add a Windows 8 Start Menu.

One of the things that annoys people about Windows 8 is the missing Desktop’s Start menu. Microsoft tried very hard to remove the Start menu but fell short as you can use free or paid add-on programs to get the Start menu back.
If your cheap like me and don’t want to spend the money to get an app to put the Start menu back then you can add a Start menu on the taskbar by doing the following steps.

Step 1. Right click the Desktop.
Step 2. Go to New then Folder.
Step 3. Paste the following string.
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
You need to replace username with the name of the user you are logged in as.
Paste the url above into the Folder bar and you are good to go.
You should then see the new menu bar in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

Win8 Start menu

To remove the Start menu you can just right-click and select Toolbars, then untick the Start Menu Toolbar.
When you right click the taskbar and go into Toolbars you will see a whole heap of other pre-built toolbars which you can add to the taskbar.
Here is a list and description of what each one does:

Address: This adds a box on your Taskbar, which allows you to type URLs. Simply type a URL, press Enter and you will go to that website.
Links: This shows your Explorer favorites on the Taskbar.
Touch Keyboard: This shows a keyboard icon on the Taskbar. When you Click on it, it will display an onscreen keyboard.
Desktop: The Desktop toolbar displays every icon on your Desktop. It even displays items such as Homegroup.