Solved: 'Play All' button in explorer does nothing!

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beefykoala

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Ok, it's not a major thing, but one of those little thing which becomes so irritating you've got to fix it!

I can right click and play things, I can open them up in every normal way without a problem, apart from when I click the green 'play all arrow' on the left of windows explorer when I'm in a music folder.

It doesnt do anything!

Please could you help, I'd be ever so grateful!
 

beefykoala

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That didn't work, but this did...

Symptom: When you click Play All in the Music or Videos folder Common Tasks, nothing may happen.

Cause: These problems are caused by a bad context menu handler. A context menu handler is a shell extension handler that adds commands to an existing context menu (Example: cut, copy, paste, print, Scan with Norton etc). A poorly coded context menu handler may be causing any of the above symptoms. As context menu handlers can be added in different areas (file class, folder, allfilesystemobjects, HKCR\* registry keys), it's a difficult task for an end-user to pinpoint which shell extension is causing the problem.

Resolution: Using ShellExView to determine the Context-menu causing the problem
ShellExView (by Nir Sofer) is an excellent tool to view and manage all installed shell extensions. If available, it displays the description, as well as version details, company information, location, file name and more. You can optionally disable/enable any item, which can be very useful to disable an extension, that you don t need or that has been left behind in your right click menu from a previous software install.

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.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to launch ShellExView as administrator when running under Windows Vista. To do so, right-click the ShellExView executable shexview.exe, and choose Run as Administrator.

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.


Taken from this website. (y)

Just thought I would post for others if they have the annoying problem!
 

WhitPhil

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Excellent. Yes, ShellExView is an excellent tool.

So, which handler was actually causing the problem?

And, you can mark this thread solved by using Thread Tools at the top.
 

beefykoala

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It was the MagicISO one, always causing trouble, that one... ;)

Will mark it solved... if I can work out how!
 

WhitPhil

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Right at the top of this screen you will see Thread Tools. Pulldown to mark Solved.
 
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