Take Advantage Of The Advanced Menu Of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The advanced menu of Windows 10 is a set of tools complementary to the classic start menu of the operating system. It is activated by clicking with the right mouse button on the start button and offers quick access to important features for the operating system.

Microsoft has been dealing with the start menu in recent years. For many users, Windows 7 was perfect, but the arrival of Windows 8 and its Modern UI interface changed things. Microsoft directly deleted the start menu and got fat. Criticism rained and the company re-implemented it by "popular request" in Windows 8.1, improving it in Windows 10 and successive updates.

Next to the new start menu, Microsoft created another advanced menu that offers shortcuts to some of the most important operating system tools . A menu especially aimed at advanced users and professionals that has changed slightly again in the latest version, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update .

Advanced menu of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Personally I use it more than a start menu, which for work on the desktop on computers without a touch screen still does not enthuse the staff. It is not perfect, because it would lack an access to the general control panel that was in previous versions of Windows 10. You know that Microsoft is trying to encourage the use of the tool "Configuration" of Modern UI failing.

In any case interesting. You can activate it by clicking the right mouse button on the start button or using the keyboard shortcut "WIN + X". We reviewed the options

Windows 10 advanced menu

Applications and features

It offers access to applications installed on the system, search or uninstall. Also choose the installation source or the ability to add, modify or delete existing desktop styles and activation / deactivation of Windows features.

Mobility center

Quick access to screen brightness, sound volume, battery charge status if applicable or connected screens. It also offers access to the synchronization center and presentation mode.

Energy options

Access the Start / Stop and Suspend tool in the Settings menu. It allows its management and other additional functions such as the additional power configuration, which in this case transfers you to the control panel.

Events viewer

It is an administrative utility called Microsoft Management Console (MMC) that helps to find and solve Windows problems and applications, including blue screens and other errors.


Like most management functions, Microsoft focuses on the "Configuration" tool of Modern UI and not the application of the same name in the Control Panel. It allows access to almost any function and includes information about the edition, version and compilation of Windows installed.

Device administrator

This is the classic MMC, one of the oldest utilities in Windows. The Device Manager identifies each of the hardware components of the PC and displays the assigned status and controller at a glance. It is one of the first places that any user will visit after installing Windows to ensure that all hardware devices and peripherals are configured correctly.

Network connections

One of the functions added to those included in Windows is the network, with direct access for managing the connections available on a computer, Ethernet LAN or wireless networks. It also manages here the airplane mode, the telephone access or the use of data, proxies or virtual private networks, VPN.

Disk management

Another classic MMC interface that shows the mass storage units connected to the computer and provides tools to change the drive letters, the format, the decrease or growth of partitions, and the like. The disk manager may seem old-fashioned but it also offers modern Windows features such as the ability to create virtual hard drives VHDs.

Team management

Another Microsoft Management Console (MMC) of the old school, a container for several other instruments and that could be considered as the spiritual predecessor of the new user menu that we are analyzing. Includes access to the task scheduler, event viewer, shared folders, users and local groups, performance, services and device or disk administrator.

Command prompt - Windows PowerShell

Access to the classic DOS style command line interface . The command prompt or CMD, is the application used in NT-based systems to execute MS-DOS commands (16-bit .exe) and others as scripts with .bat and .sys format. This command line (equivalent to the Mac OS console or the Linux terminal) allows us to communicate directly with the team. Powershell is the advanced console interface of Windows. Choosing the access between one or the other is managed in "Settings> Personalization> Taskbar".

Command prompt (administrator)

A version of this Windows console but at the administrator level, which allows completing any task, order or instruction not only at the user level.

Task Manager

Quick access to another important management tool , very useful for professionals or advanced users who want to control their equipment in depth, stop hanging tasks, see performance data, online search of suspicious processes and much more. It has been well improved from Creators Update.


The great general tool of system management that Microsoft is promoting against the classic Control Panel. There are still some functions that are only available in the Control Panel.

File Browser

Another classic tool that has been renewed in Windows 10 to give it maximum functionality. New icons or the presence of Ribbon, the 'Scenic UI' interface type tape created and released by Office 2007 office suite.


Access to the new search tool with Modern UI style and supported by the personal assistant, Cortana.


Another of the classic tools of any Windows. Also accessible from the keyboard shortcut WINKEY + R.

Shut down or close session

It offers shortcuts to close the current system session, enter sleep mode, shut down or restart the computer.


Direct access to the desktop. All applications and open windows are minimized to the taskbar. If you activate it again, you will recover the above. This element works identically to write WINKEY + D.

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