Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Windows Explorer crashes on Right Click

Why explorer crashes on right click?
Right click context menu have several items which are configured in the registry settings of our system, thus these are the primary reason why windows crashes when on right click. If this problem didn’t occur to your system earlier but you are facing this issue lately then it must be because of some program that you installed recently.
Thus you need to check the registry settings of all the programs that are creating any conflict and to see that you should use this tool from Nirsoft called ShellExView.
Steps to fix the problem:
1.    After downloading the tool, scan your registry with it as it will discover all your conflicting registry keys.
2.    Sort the result with “Type”.
3.    Navigate to ‘context menu handlers’ (these are the right click menu items).
4.    Now to figure out which entry is causing the issue, disable the non-Microsoft context menu handlers one by one and then try the right click. If the problem is there then enable it back and try for another entry. (This can be bit irritating as you might need to re-run the explorer again and again).
When you come to know what the problem creating entry is, just remove it from your system. Let me know, if it solved your problem or not.

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