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Windows File Explorer is one of the most important elements of any version of Windows, because it allows users to more easily access different folders and files. The context menu with the right mouse button offers several useful elements with which you can perform several useful operations. But sometimes you will notice that your Windows File Explorer crashes when you right-click to open the context menu. If you are faced with this problem, here is what you need to do to solve the problem.
Before continuing, you should know that this problem occurs mainly when your programs add many items to the context menu. Misencoded items added by third-party software or services may cause this problem.
The Explorer crashes when I right click
What you need to do first is make a clean boot. In Clean Boot State, it is easier to diagnose the problem.
Press Win + R, enter msconfig and press Enter. In the General tab, make sure Selective Start is selected. Then deactivate the Load start objects option.
Then go to the Services tab and enable the Hide all Microsoft services option.
Then select all services and click Disable All.
Your system requires a reboot. Continue and when you reboot, you will notice that your PC has booted to the proper boot state.
Now open the File Explorer and right-click. Does the Explorer crash or not? If that is the case, it is an element of the system that is causing the problem. If not, a non-Microsoft element is the perpetrator.
You must now identify it, and the only way to do this is to disable one item after another.
Restart in normal mode and do not forget to cancel the changes made in msconfig.
Download and open ShellExView, a third-party software that allows users to search for all shell extensions added to their context menu by a third-party software.
You can see all extensions, current status (off/on), type, description, product name (who added the item), company, etc.
Shell extensions added by Microsoft are generally not a problem. So you should hide her from the list. To do this, go to Options > Hide all Microsoft extensions. Now you only see extensions added by third party software.
Select all and click the red button. Right-click the items and select Disable selected items .
All items are deactivated at the same time. Now you have to activate one after the other and find out which one is causing the problem.
Once you have found the offender, you must deactivate or remove the object.
Then restart your computer to check whether it is working or not.
See this message if Windows File Explorer crashes or freezes and freezes or opens slowly.