FIX: Right-click causes Runtime Error in Explorer.exe

Downloading Autoruns

 

1. We first need to download Autoruns from SysInternals. You can do that here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

2. After downloading, extract the files and right-click Autoruns.exe, then select Run as Administrator

 

Disabling ContextMenuHandlers

 

Once Autoruns is started we can use it to disable all ContextMenuHandlers.

1. First click the Explorer tab and wait for Ready to appear in the left corner.

 

 

Autoruns: Explorer & Ready FIX: Right-click causes Runtime Error in Explorer.exe runtime error

 

 

2. Now disable all entries by unchecking all the boxes on the left, there is no need to save it, it’s done automatically.

 

You can skip Restarting Explorer.exe by restarting your system, however do not skip Re-enabling ContextMenuHandlers.

 

Restarting Explorer.exe

1. Now press the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key at the same time, or right-click your taskbar and choose Task Manager

2. If Apply: Click on More Details

 

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

1. Find Windows Explorer and right-click it, then select End Process.

 

Windows 8: End Task FIX: Right-click causes Runtime Error in Explorer.exe runtime error

2. Now click File, then click Run new Task, then type Explorer.exe and hit OK

 

Run: Explorer.exe FIX: Right-click causes Runtime Error in Explorer.exe runtime error

 

3. Try to see if the problem still persists. If it does then this guide is to no use for you, we apologize.

Windows 7 and older.

1. Find explorer.exe and right-click it, then select End Process

.2. Now click File, then click Run new Task, then type Explorer.exe and hit OK

 

Run: Explorer.exe FIX: Right-click causes Runtime Error in Explorer.exe runtime error

 

3. Try to see if the problem still persists. If it does then this guide is to no use for you, we apologize.

 

Re-enabling ContextMenuHandlers

If Windows Explorer now works perfectly you’ve successfully found the problem and solved it. The next step is to start Autoruns and to re-enable 3-5 boxes at a time, then restarting explorer.exe till it stops working again. One of those you’ve activated is causing the problem, keep repeating these steps till you’ve found the problem.

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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015 & 2016 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.
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