Solved Why so slow opening context menu?

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January 20, 2016 at 11:16:35
Specs: Windows XP, Quad Q9450/4GB
My XP PC has recently become extremely slow at opening the context (right click) menu when I right click any file. Typically about 8 seconds.

The only significant change I can think of has been adding a 3 TB external WD hard drive, but I don't see how that can be the cause. I've tried a registry clean. And I use Perfect Disk to defragment my HDs automatically.

How can I isolate and fix this please?

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Terry, East Grinstead, UK


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#1
January 20, 2016 at 13:38:56
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You could unplug the external and see if that helps, although I agree it is unlikely to be the culprit.

There are quite a few hits in Google, here's three:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/slowright...
http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sh...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum...

It could be down to just one context menu item. When it is slow have a look in Events to see if there is anything showing at that particular time. If so you can download the ShExView freebie from here:
This will allow you to temporarily or permanently turn off any context item:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexvi...
There are stacks listed so that's why you need that clue from the Event Viewer, particularly any file name mentioned. Only concern yourself with those errors that happen at the time of a hang up - there will be many other unimportant errors listed due to various bugs that creep in on any OS.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
January 20, 2016 at 19:05:03
I had a similar problem a while back and finally just did a system restore from before the problem started. If disconnecting the external drive doesn't change anything you might try that.

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#3
January 21, 2016 at 01:58:33
Thanks both, appreciate that helpful advice.

I've eliminated the HD as a candidate, as the delay remains at 8-10 s after unplugging it.

I was hesitating about an SR as I'm a bit vague about other (wanted) changes I may have made recently. But I'm going to give it a try. Can always restore back. Otherwise looks like I'm going to have to master that rarher daunting ShellExView and methodically test my very large number of context menu entries. Upside is that it will motivate me to get rid of a lot that I never use - providing I can learn how to do so safely.

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Terry, East Grinstead, UK


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#4
January 21, 2016 at 02:40:03
Temporary Decline in Performance Occurs When You Right-Click a File or Folder in Windows Explorer
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=...

ShellExView can be used for solving context-menu problems in Explorer environment. For more information, read the following article: Right-click is slow or weird behavior caused by context menu handlers.
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/slowright...

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#5
January 21, 2016 at 04:34:37
Success!

First SR back one week didn't fix it but while there I ran ShellExView.

The very first entry I tried disabling (because I recalled installing it only a month ago and it did add an entry to the menu) was the culprit. It's a tool from IObit for deleting reluctant files, called Unlocker. Very pleased, because there seem to be hundreds of obscure entries listed.

Many thanks for the lead. And special kudos for NirSoft!


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#6
January 21, 2016 at 07:28:00
Glad to hear it. ShExView has saved my bacon in the past too.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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