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Windows 7 Explorer Crashes / Windows 7 Right Click crashes Windows Explorer

When windows 7 explorer crashes upon right click and or checking File properties.

It’s quite annoying when this things happen because Windows will automatically restart the desktop  and it’s quite frightening when you are in the middle of doing something and you haven’t save.

And all of a sudden it will just show, Windows Explorer has stopped working and your desktop is gone.

Sometimes if the odds is against the luck, it might hang your whole system.

Whatever you’re working and you haven’t save, you might need to start all over again.
If you search the web, you will find an enormous amount of information to solve this issue.

As my own rule of thumb, I hate to install third party solutions. It might just install a spyware or a malware or just collect some data on your PC and worst never solve the problem.

I had encountered this problem, every time the user right clicks explorer crashes.

The user  open windows explorer click on any file, click on File menu  windows explorer also crashes.
The thing that has worked for to solve the issue, was to edit the registry.

If you’re not familiar with the windows registry or not sure of what you’re doing.

Then it would be better to ask a friend or ask someone who can edit the windows registry for you.

Editing the registry and deleting accidentally some keys on it, will corrupt your windows operating system.

So let’s get to the topic of how it’s done.

This method has worked for me, but it’s not a guarantee that it will work for you.

Anyway, I will share it to you guys how I did it.

Well I have to be honest, I didn’t discover  this on my own. I just found it on the web.  (but I really forget which site forum was it)

First to thing to do, is to back up the registry keys before deleting.

If in any case it doesn’t work you can just restore it.

Open  registry editor using command line or either pressing  “windows key + r” to open  run box and type “regedit”.

Registry Editor will open and navigate to these keys:


Check each of the registry keys which you suspect is a culprit. 

Remember to export they keys before deleting. Right click on the key and select "export" and save it to your desktop or to any folder of your choice.

After you export or backup, right click on the key and select "delete".

Every time you delete the key,  check windows explorer whether right clicking still crash the explorer. If you right click and it does not crash anymore then you need to import back that particular key. 

Just have a little patience if there are a lot of keys to delete, or you can select multiple keys and delete all. 

Then once it work you can export one by one to check which one of the keys is causing the issue.

Hope this will help someone.....


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