Windows Problems and Solutions

Windows Problems and Solutions

Right-click is slow or weird behavior caused by context menu handlers


Effective usage of ShellExView to resolve right-click problems
Download ShellExView (from nirsoft.net) and run it. It will scan the registry for all the shell extensions. Once the scan is over and the list is displayed, you need to spot the context menu handlers. Sort the results using "Type", so that the context menu handlers are displayed together.


The rule is to disable non-Microsoft context menu handlers *one-by-one* and verify if the problem is solved. If disabling one does not solve the problem, undo the disabled item and disable the next non-Microsoft handler. Do the same until the problem is solved and finally identify the culprit. Scroll right to see the Company Name column in ShellExView.


This time I disable and enable non-Microsoft "Context Menu" handlers one by one, and quickly figure out the culprit.


Resources:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/slowrightclick.htm
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html
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