Restore old right-click context menu in Windows 11 Explorer

  • Gérald Barré

The new context menu in Windows 11 explorer is nice, but lots of applications are not yet integrated into it. Currently, I have to use the "Show more options" item too often (7-zip, Notepad++, Visual Studio Code, etc.). You can restore the old context menu by editing the registry. Open a command prompt and use the following command:

Shell
reg.exe add "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32" /f /ve

Then, restart explorer.exe or the machine to apply the change.

To restore the Windows 11 Explorer context menu, you can use the following command:

Shell
reg.exe delete "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}" /f

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