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Windows 7: The right-click context menu and 7-Zip

19 May 2009   #21


I was actually going to suggest that it was the 64bit / 32bit thing, but glad you got it figured out.

Having used numerous 32bit programs with a 64bit OS for over a year now (still cannot believe my beast is already 1 - it was a great party!) that is the first thing I thought of when I read through this post - unfortunately I just now read through the post....

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18 Jul 2009   #22

Windows XP Professional Media Center Edition
Install with true admin access


Although I am on winXP (32-bit ... just tried it to sort out my DPC Latency issues), I also had the same experience:

- I installed 7-zip (latest ver at the time), but, there was no context menu ... very annoying indeed

- I re-installed the same version, but, this time I used the "Run As" option and unchecked the "Protect my computer and data from unauthorized program activity" ... this time the context menu was there ... :-)

(I was using an Administartor account at both times)

Hope this helps someone!
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17 Sep 2009   #23

Windows Vista
Confirm your dll file.

I had got same problem.

I checked 7-zip.dll in "C:\Program Files\7-Zip". But there wasn't it.

So I downloaded 7-zip.dll and copy it into there.

Then you should restart explorer.exe.
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16 Oct 2009   #24

Windows 7 64 Bit

Hi. I recently experienced the same problems with non-display of cascading right-click context menu for 7-ZIP (from Windows Explorer Shell Extension)...but I'm running Windows XP SP3 (32-bit).

As it turns out, the problem was caused by another program I recently installed on my system called FileMenu Tools.

In case anyone is interested, I was able to isolate the problem using an explorer shell extension utility program called Fast Explorer 2008, which allows one to view all the active and inactive context menu handlers for all explorer shell extensions, and to selectively enable/disable individual context menu handlers. After I disabled one of the context menu handlers associated with FileMenu Tools, my 7-ZIP cascading context menu items properly displayed.
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13 Dec 2009   #25

Windows 7/2008

This is strange - i have the 64 bit version, i installed it and had the same problem. It was in fact in the x86 directory! I uninstalled, installed again, (same .exe) and it installed in the RIGHT folder... wtf... But no icons now... :|
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15 Dec 2009   #26

windows 7

Solved! I had the same problem. I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate (x64 bit version). If you got 7-Zip from, then you are using the x32 bit version. Go directly to the 7-Zip website and download the x64 bit version, and it will appear in your right click menu upon restarting your computer.
(Don't forget to uninstall the other 7-Zip!)
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16 Dec 2009   #27

Windows 7/2008

i downloaded mine straight from 7-zip's website. I have NO idea why it would install 32 bit as the download is a 64 bit. I simply uninstalled and reinstalled (this time paying attention to the path) and it correctly installed. Perhaps i used "typical" settings or something the first time.

The icons problem - i allow the program to run as admin, then go into the settings and select file associations.
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17 Feb 2010   #28

Windows 7
Thank you so much!

I had the exact same problem with 7 zip and it was solved by reading this thread.

Drove me nuts for days.

Thanks again.

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04 Mar 2010   #29
David G

Win 7 Home Premium
Here is the solution that is the simplest..........

Hi Guys,
Like most of you, I'm running a 64 bit version of Win 7 Home Premium, though this solution will apply to all Win 7 versions.
I was experiencing the same issue getting the right click context menu to show 7-Zip when using a 32 bit file manager, in my case PowerDesk 7. Using PD7 is the equivalent of running "explorer *32" in a 64 bit environment. The shell context menu extension of the 64 bit version of 7-Zip only works with 64 bit programs, so when using "explorer.exe" (the 64 bit version in Win 7 64 bit) the 7-Zip right click extension will show up. It will not show up in a 32 bit program such as PowerDesk 7 or "explorer *32" (have alook in Windows Task Manager - Processes tab to see the all the "xxxxxxx *32" programs that are running in your 64 bit environment).

The solution to this is very simple. Just install the 32 bit version of 7-Zip AS WELL AS the 64 bit version. The 64 bit version installs neatly into ....\Program Files\7-Zip\ while the 32 bit version installs neatly to ....\Program Files (x86)\7-Zip\.
Once you have both versions installed, you will see the right click 7-Zip menu whether using a 32 or 64 bit program.

Hope this fixes the problem for most of you. All the suggestions for configuring how 7-Zip works for you in the various posts above can still be applied.

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04 Mar 2010   #30

Windows 7 Home Premium
32-bit vs. 64-bit 7-Zip context menu

This is for anyone who has problems opening the 7-zip context menu in Windows 7 (or runs into this problem using software like Directory Opus, which also fails to show it).

You need the 64-bit version of 7-zip to see the context menu in 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or Vista. So, if you installed an x64 Windows (and perhaps other 64-bit software like DO) you also need the x64 7zip to see the menu.

The 32-bit 7zip works fine under Windows 7/Vista, but the context menu's won't show.

(just saying it three times to cover all search terms ;-))

Hope that helps,

(noticed the poster above me has the same solution, but going to leave this to increase odds of finding it...)
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