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Windows 8.1: Right-Click Menu for Explorer Disappeared

  1. #21

    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview

    You are quite welcome and good luck.

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  2. #22

    Posts : 38
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    I am as of right now convinced the problem was caused by the shortcut arrow removal.

    Here's how I came to that conclusion:

    I formatted my hard drive and installed 8.1 clean via a USB flash drive I burned the ISO onto.

    After it was installed, I installed a couple of pieces of software. Then, I removed the shortcut arrows via the registry editing technique I mentioned previously. I then rebooted.

    BANG....context menu gone!

    So, I reinstalled 8.1 clean a second time. This time, I installed all of my essential software, set up the desktop and Quick Launch toolbar, rebooted, and tested the context menu.

    No problems.

    Then, I backed up the system with Macrium Reflect. After I did that, I removed the shortcut arrows a different way. This time, I used a freeware tool I found on the web. After removing the shortcut arrows with that tool, I rebooted.

    So far, so good. The context menu is working fine. So, I can't help but conclude it was the registry edit that caused the problem. The solution is to use a different method of removing the arrows.

    As of right now, I consider the problem solved. If, however, it crops up again, I'll report it here. Something tells me I doubt that will happen.

    Thanks to everyone who replied and tried to help me. I sincerely appreciate your patience and assistance.

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  3. #23

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    Looks like 8.1 handles the Right-Click a little differently than 7 and 8 does. Are you clicking on a Shortcut to "My Computer" or the actual Icon? Because you can't drag a shortcut out to the desktop for My/This Computer - You have to add it in from the Desktop, right click the Desktop, choose "Personalise" and add the This Computer Icon from there, so it shows the System Icon for it.
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  4. #24

    I too ran into the issue of my anitvirus "dissappearing" it took me about a week to notice it.
    I am in the middle of trying to find some sort of replacement. Thanks for the good tips!
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