I am running Win XP Home on a family computer with several users. Some users are fine but for some, right clicking in Win Explorer or on the desktop causes complete lockup. The only way to get out of it is to use the Task Manager to end the process or log off. Any ideas?
Seems to be some intersting stuff on that Ramesh site. I'm working through the instructions but I have a couple of general queries that someone may be able to help me with. I'm running WinXP Home (SP2).
1. Is there only one registry on one system so any changes affect all users, (rather than a different one for each user account)?
2. If I make changes to the registry, either directly or through software, are the changes made immediately or do I need to reboot?
Thanks for your help folks, especially Dan the Doctus. The problem seemed to be caused by a bad Context Menu Handler as pointed out in the Ramesh website. I downloaded and ran the ShellExView program and disabled the handlers as instructed. I have run a few checks and everything seems OK now. It also seems to have cured another problem which was the system locking up when switching users.
Glad it's sorted - it's a good site and always seems to do the job for right click problems. As for your queries:
1. I think some parts of the registry relate to the system as a whole, and some parts relate to individual users. How it all works though is beyond me and Google may be your best bet for finding the answer.
2. When you make changes to the registry sometimes you need to reboot and sometimes not - I tend to reboot anyway just to be on the safe side.