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right click on file crashes explorer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by PacoPaella, Nov 7, 2004.

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  1. PacoPaella

    PacoPaella Thread Starter

    Nov 7, 2004

    i have not found any solution for this even though there seem to be several similar postings before, so here goes. All this happens on Win2k before and after installing SP4.

    Whenever i open an explorer and right click on a file, it will terminate all open explorers as well as take down my launch bar (which will subsequently be rebuilt though). What i want to do is to delete a file, and it does not work with pressing delete either (same effect). But, as i said, the whole conext menu wont open. I am not really aware of newly installed programs, could be wrong on that one though. Couldnt find where to manipulate registry. Any input on this one very welcome.

    Btw, i can right click on folders. Just not on files. wierd, isnt it? 8^)
  2. Huey1


    Nov 7, 2004
    You are not alone.
    Explorer.exe, if undertaking a task (such as a drag-drop) that it
    fails to complete, will go into never-never land stuck on the hourglass.

    Mine is mangled on the <right click>, because the power fail happened
    just as I was doing the drag with a file hanging on the cursor.

    The limited functionality still allows me to browse this site. <right-click>
    still works on the taskbar, and inside application windows, but not on files
    or folders. Delete cannot be done!

    I am browsing for FAQs on repair that might restore the broken stuff while
    not forcing me to re-install the application software. I think it may have to be
    a reboot with the W2K cd for both of us. There is a "REPAIR" option, but I am
    not sure how to invoke it - yet!

    If I find it, I will come back to this thread.


  3. Tezuka


    Jul 13, 2004
    the "repair" options is:
    1. boot computer into the installation cd.
    2. go thru the instructions and setups
    3. up to the point where it give u 3 option
    1. install fresh copy of window
    2. repair window installation files
    3. ummmm i forgot.lol
    choose repair window installation files
    note: don't use "repair windows using recovery console"
    also u can do a:
    start - run: sfc /scannow
    insert ur windows installation cd. and let it rip
  4. johnnieq


    Nov 27, 1999
    I know exactly how frustrating your problem is.

    On one of my computers running WinXP Pro with SP2 I had the same problem when right-clicking on any file or folder in Windows Explorer. I setup a new AMD Athlon 64 3400+ today and after installing numerous apps I ran into it again.

    Since it only happens when I right-click I thought it must be related to the context menus. A quick Google search found an excellent freeware app named ShellExView 1.10.

    Available here: http://www.soft32.com/index-2-2-3-15-4.html

    Run it and it will show all your file extensions with info on each such as Type, Version, Product Name, Company, Filename, etc..

    Click on the "Type" column header to sort it. Look at the items with "Context Menu" as their type. Odds are one of these is causing your problem.

    Select all of the Context Menu items, then go to "File\Disable Selected Items."

    Restart your computer and see if the problem is solved. If not I'm sorry I couldn't help. If it is solved you may want to enable the items one at a time until your problem reappears. Then just disable the problem item again and you are good to go.
  5. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave

    Apr 8, 2002
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