a little side note (also positive), if it is of interest for others:
the condition if (hasPlugins() || enablePluginAdmin) was removed in @pnedev 's commit, so there’s a slight change in the default behaviour:
before, if plugins admin was disabled or gup not present and no plugins were installed, the plugins menu would disappear completely.
(for example in cases where all default plugins were removed, or are in a wrong path structure of a version prior to 7.6.x but using a newer notepad++ binary on top ot this folder structure)
now the plugins menu is always present.
so even if there are no plugins installed (all default plugins removed) and plugins admin is not active or present, users are still able to reach the new “open plugins folder…” menu entry to find and reach the plugins folder with a single click of a mouse button, to add any desired plugins manually.