Do you have a problem with right clicking in explorer, causing it to crash?
Some applications add a Right Click context menu item into your Windows Registry; this is most likely (and the most popular cause) where you will find the problem.
Here is how I fixed the problem on my system…
At this point, I should be note that RegEdit is a program that should only be used by experienced Computer Techs with great caution. Changes in RegEdit are LIVE with no “Undo” or [Ctl]+Z option. If you are uncomfortable working on the “Running engine” of your computer, I would recommend stopping here and finding a Qualified, Experienced and Recommended Computer Tech to assist you with this. In my experience, mistakes made in RegEdit by inexperienced end users will often result in causing mysterious and sometimes unrecoverable issues with your Windows Operating System, sometimes requiring the complete re-installation of an OS (known to some as a “ReOp”), including the re-installation & re-configuration of all your software programs.
Here is the “Hack & Slash” method to get rid of the crashing problem is to open up RegEdit and navigate to:
Right Click on the folder and back up the whole ConxtentMenuHandlers folder by Exporting it to your desktop for convenience.
Once you’ve backed up the ConxtentMenuHandlers folder, you will have to delete the ConxtentMenuHandlers Registry Key Entries one at a time (start with the ones you’d like to get rid of anyway ). Only delete ONE Key Entry before continuing.
My problem was fixed by deleting this registry Key:
Save the Registry by exiting RegEdit, then open up Explorer and try to duplicate the problem.
Note that Right Clicking on an actual folder when opening explorer after the crash may appear to temporarily solve the problem. Be sure to test the Right Click on several folders & drives.
Repeat this process until the problem appears to be resolved.
When your Right Click starts working again, import/Merge your ConxtentMenuHandlers backup back into your Registry by Right Clicking on the backup file you made earlier and selecting Merge. A few confirmation dialogues will follow.
Open RegEdit again and delete the last file/Key you deleted before the problem went away. Close RegEdit and test explorer once again by right clicking to make sure the problem is resolved.
If the problem persists, it may be a different Registry Key (rarely more than one) causing the problem; continue trying different combinations until you’ve found the one. If there is still no solution, then I’d recommend digging deeper into Microsoft Support for a different potential cause.
Good hunting and happy Right Clicking.