Corrupt menu items when right click on drive

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December 23, 2009 at 18:38:53
Specs: Windows XP Home SP3
From the "My Computer" window I right click on my hard drive and the menu that appears contains corrupt text entries for what I assume to be the "Open" and "Explore" menu items.

The first two entries are garbled text followed by "Search..." as the third item.

Any hints on how to fix the text for those menu items?

I have a screen shot of the menu but there is no way to attach it.

Selecting the entries with the corrupted text still works. The content of the drive is shown.

This is a recent install of Windows XP Home SP2 which was upgraded to SP3. I am not sure when this started happening so I am reluctant to see if going back to any restore points fixes the issue.

Inserting a USB flash drive and right clicking on that shows the same corrupt entries with the "Autoplay" item between them

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December 23, 2009 at 19:38:10
Hmm, i never came across this issue. it is likely a fault in the explorer shell extension.

Go here and follow the steps. BACKUP the registry settings. Make sure your Follow #3 FIRST! or you might end up damaging Windows.

If that didnt work...


Use the system restore function build into Windows. Go to start
then click Accessories
then click System Tools
then click system restore.

Choose a earlier restore point.

If that also didnt work, then only option is to format the Windows and reinstall XP. but Backup before your wipe your hard drive.

Good luck

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December 23, 2009 at 20:32:26
Download and install TweakUI for WinXP and try the repair tab.

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December 23, 2009 at 21:59:54
Thanks for the replies. I tried the repair functions in TweakUI. No change. I will try the first suggested registry approach.

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December 24, 2009 at 15:17:11
Click Start, then RUN, then type
regsvr32 /i shell32
Note the space after the '2', and after the 'i'

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December 31, 2009 at 08:17:37
I did not get to try the regsvr32 command. Saw it too late.
I am currently reinstalling.

I went back through my restore points without any changes. I did find that that the issue only seems to appear when a second drive is put into the system such as a USB flash drive or an IDE/SATA drive.

Thanks for the suggestions folks.

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