How to Fix Slow Context Menu in File Explorer on Windows 10

There may be times when you experience a slow context menu in your File Explorer. It happens to a lot of people but fortunately, there are ways on how you can fix this problem on Windows 10.
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Check out the solutions we have listed below to know how.

Fix Slow Context Menu in File Explorer on Windows 10

Solution #1 – Use the Registry Editor

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  • Click the Start Menu.
  • On the search bar, type Regedit and press Enter.
  • If you are prompted by the User Account dialog, click Yes.
  • Type this key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers
  • Go to Context Menu Handlers.
  • Look for igfxcui and right-click on the name. Select Delete.
  • Do the same process to igfxDTCM.
  • If you also see the NvCplDesktopContext, delete it also.
  • Now, close your Registry Editor and check your context menu.
  • If it does not work, try restarting your computer once and check again.

Solution #2 – Use ShellExView

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ShellExView is a free utility from NirSoft. You will need to download the utility first. After downloading, open your ShellExView.

Now, ShellExView will show all the extensions. You may want to hide extensions that are from Microsoft, as these are not creating any error. To hide, select Options and click Hide all Microsoft Extensions.

To fix the issue, you will need to do a trial and error method. Try to disable extensions and check if the context menu is still slowing down. You will have to do this process until you will find the extension that is causing the problem.

If you have a lot of extensions, you can disable by group. Then, you can narrow it down until you have one or two extensions left to test.

Select the first group of extensions that you want to disable. Right-click on the file names and select Disable Selected Items. Restart your Windows File Explorer by going to the Task Manager to manually restart it.

Now, check if the error is still there. If it is, you can disable the next group of extensions. Repeat the process until you find out which is the cause.

 

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