Broken right-click in Windows 98

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  1. Joe User

    Joe User Guest

    I found this link via Google, but cannot resolve a similar problem:
    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=23858

    If I right-click on "Start" ... system hangs
    If I select a file (left-click), then right click to determine properties ... system hangs
    If I go to Windows Explorer, selecting the drop-downs for "File" and "Edit" causes the system to hang. (Others are Okay)
    I also cannot drag and drop files or delete files. Using WinFile I can get around this problem.

    I have been living with this problem for 2 weeks, and waiting for weekend when I could dig in ... only wish I had known the Registry was a potential problem ... restoring the oldest archive still doesn't fix the problem.

    Have tried regclean and poked around per the previous post without much success. Any advice?
     
  2. Joe User

    Joe User Guest

    Addendum: Broken right-click in Windows 98

    Output from:

    Click Start > Run > type or copy&paste regedit /e C:\ContextMenu.reg "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers" in the dialog box and click OK.

    is:

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79300-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\7-Zip]
    @="{23170F69-40C1-278A-1000-000100020000}"


    ========================================================

    Additional output mappings include:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder]
    @="Folder"
    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,01,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\DefaultIcon]
    @="c:\\windows\\SYSTEM\\shell32.dll,3"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec]
    "NoActivateHandler"=""
    @="[ViewFolder(\"%l\", %I, %S)]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\application]
    @="Folders"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\topic]
    @="AppProperties"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\ddeexec\ifexec]
    @="[]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\open\command]
    @="c:\\windows\\Explorer.exe /idlist,%I,%L"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec]
    "NoActivateHandler"=""
    @="[ExploreFolder(\"%l\", %I, %S)]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec\application]
    @="Folders"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec\topic]
    @="AppProperties"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\ddeexec\ifexec]
    @="[]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\explore\command]
    @="c:\\windows\\Explorer.exe /e,/idlist,%I,%L"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\NetwareUNCMenu]
    @="{B91C21C0-0050-101B-8A87-00AA000C4F5D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\BriefcaseMenu]
    @="{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79300-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Erasext]
    @="{8BE13461-936F-11D1-A87D-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\SharingMenu]
    @="{6D78EC20-5AA6-101B-8681-366FBD64CEB9}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\7-Zip]
    @="{23170F69-40C1-278A-1000-000100020000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\AntiVir/Win]
    @="{a7cda720-84ee-11d0-b5c0-00001b3ca278}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ExtShellFolderViews]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\ExtShellFolderViews\{5984FFE0-28D4-11CF-AE66-08002B2E1262}]
    "PersistMoniker"="file://C:\\WINDOWS\\web\\default.htt"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\BriefcasePage]
    @="{85BBD920-42A0-1069-A2E4-08002B30309D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\MSSharing]
    @="{3EFC0B01-F4AA-101A-8932-08002B327C2D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79301-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shellex\DragDropHandlers\Erasext]
    @="{8BE13461-936F-11D1-A87D-444553540000}"

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive]
    @="Drive"
    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,01,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\DefaultIcon]
    @="c:\\windows\\SYSTEM\\shell32.dll,8"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find\ddeexec]
    "NoActivateHandler"=""
    @="[FindFolder(\"%l\", %I)]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find\ddeexec\application]
    @="Folders"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find\ddeexec\topic]
    @="AppProperties"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\find\command]
    @="c:\\windows\\Explorer.exe"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\Backup]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\Backup\command]
    @="C:\\Progra~1\\Access~1\\BACKUP\\msbackup.EXE %1"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{D3B1DE00-6B94-1069-8754-08002B2BD64F}]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\Compression]
    @="{7C7E55A0-4397-11CE-8B06-00AA0062C7BB}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{5E44E225-A408-11CF-B581-008029601108}]
    @="Adaptec DirectCD Shell Extension"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{59099400-57FF-11CE-BD94-0020AF85B590}]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Erasext]
    @="{8BE13461-936F-11D1-A87D-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{5E44E225-A408-11CF-B581-008029601108}]
    @="Adaptec DirectCD Shell Extension"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\DragDropHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\DragDropHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79301-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shellex\DragDropHandlers\Erasext]
    @="{8BE13461-936F-11D1-A87D-444553540000}"

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory]
    @="File Folder"
    "EditFlags"=hex:d2,01,00,00
    "AlwaysShowExt"=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find\ddeexec]
    "NoActivateHandler"=""
    @="[FindFolder(\"%l\", %I)]"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find\ddeexec\application]
    @="Folders"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find\ddeexec\topic]
    @="AppProperties"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\find\command]
    @="c:\\windows\\Explorer.exe"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Play]
    @="&Play in Winamp"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Play\command]
    @="\"C:\\PROGRAM FILES\\WINAMP\\WINAMP.EXE\" \"%1\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Enqueue]
    @="&Enqueue in Winamp"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Enqueue\command]
    @="\"C:\\PROGRAM FILES\\WINAMP\\WINAMP.EXE\" /ADD \"%1\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Bookmark]
    @="Add to Winamp's &Bookmark list"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Winamp.Bookmark\command]
    @="\"C:\\PROGRAM FILES\\WINAMP\\WINAMP.EXE\" /BOOKMARK \"%1\""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\DefaultIcon]
    @="c:\\windows\\SYSTEM\\shell32.dll,3"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\FileSystem]
    @="{217FC9C0-3AEA-1069-A2DB-08002B30309D}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\CDF]
    @="{67EA19A0-CCEF-11d0-8024-00C04FD75D13}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\MyDocuments]
    @="{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandlers\ShareCopyHook]
    @="{6DA1A220-65D0-101B-A657-9EB70524D8E7}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ExtShellFolderViews]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ExtShellFolderViews\{5984FFE0-28D4-11CF-AE66-08002B2E1262}]
    "PersistMoniker"=hex(2):66,69,6c,65,3a,2f,2f,43,3a,5c,57,49,4e,44,4f,57,53,5c,\
    77,65,62,5c,66,6f,6c,64,65,72,2e,68,74,74,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79300-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\7-Zip]
    @="{23170F69-40C1-278A-1000-000100020000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\DragDropHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\DragDropHandlers\WinZip]
    @="{E0D79301-84BE-11CE-9641-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\New]
    @="{D969A300-E7FF-11d0-A93B-00A0C90F2719}"

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile]
    "EditFlags"=hex:d8,07,00,00
    @="Application"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open]
    @=""
    "EditFlags"=hex:00,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shell\open\command]
    @="\"%1\" %*"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers]

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\{86F19A00-42A0-1069-A2E9-08002B30309D}]
    @=""

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\shellex\DropHandler]
    @="{232D7620-DCCE-11D0-BAA1-444553540000}"

    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\exefile\DefaultIcon]
    @="%1"
     
  3. wildman

    wildman Registered Member

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    :) This may help, it sure won't hurt.

    Open your system in MS-DOS mode, at the prompt type scanreg/fix, hit the enter key. That's it.

    Thanks
    Wildman
    *puppy* :D
     
  4. Joe User

    Joe User Guest

    Wildman, thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, already tried it. I spent a fair portion of the night monkeying around. I'm dabating about trying a second install of windows in parallel. With the time I seem to be spending, it might be faster to transfer all my my files to another machine, scratch the C drive, and re-install. I was hoping someone might see a quick fix. I'd rather not re-install, since it will lead to downloading all the patches, etc. At 56k that takes a while. These are the utilities I've used so far along with some of those mentioned in the other user's post. They're in no particular order (for any others that encounter this post).

    SFC
    msconfig
    scanreg
    scanregw
    regedit
    winfile
    regclean
     
  5. Joe User

    Joe User Guest

    FWIW, the problem also occurs in safe mode. Not all context menus are corrupted. I can still right click on the desktop and get the Active Desktop...Properties list. Similarly I can right click on the toolbar along the bottom and adjust control pannel issues / minimize & maximize all windows. Just not the Start button, any file icons, or items in Windows Explorer.
     
  6. wildman

    wildman Registered Member

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    o_O Mind you these are just ideas, they may or may not solve the problem, but are worth a try.

    (1) Download and Run SystemUtilities 2004.

    (2) Download and run Big Fix.

    Both of these can be obtained from majorgeeks.com

    Thanks
    Wildman
    :eek: *puppy*
     
  7. Joe User

    Joe User Guest

    Wildman, thanks again for your help. I just re-installed. It wasn't worth the headache of tracking down the problem. I wasted enough time as it was; it was a good learning experience though. I just set up the machine to download patches while I was doing other things. At least you were kind enough to read & reply to my post(s). Namaste, my friend.
     
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    wildman Registered Member

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    :D Suecrea my friend. Still not a bad idea to download and use the two programs I listed. They have gotten me out a jam a couple of times now.

    Thanks
    Wildman
    *puppy* :cool:
     
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