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Windows 7: Right click menu turned to old style

11 Nov 2009   #1
Mikaka

Windows 7 build 7600 64 bit
 
 
Right click menu turned to old style

It happened today.
The menu that you get when you right click on something turned to old style menu (like the one found in XP). However not all of them. The old one pops up only when I right click on something not from Microsoft.
So when I right click on the Computer, or Recycle bin, or a folder the menu has modern look. But files, even files from Windows folder, get old look.

How could this have happened? What can I do to restore the modern look??

Two right click menus, for items next to each other:
Modern: http://i34.tinypic.com/11aao2g.png
Old style: http://i34.tinypic.com/29pant2.png


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12 Nov 2009   #2
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

They're the same, just for different shortcuts. Computer has a different menu than others.
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13 Nov 2009   #3
Mikaka

Windows 7 build 7600 64 bit
 
 

No, they're not. Look again. This time in pictures, I'm hovering over the last item. In windows 7 normally it has this faint blue transparent overlay. But in second picture when I'm right clicking shortcut to program, look at the last item as I hover my mouse over it.
It turns to white text with blue background (as it did in Windows XP).

Modern: http://i37.tinypic.com/118krrb.png
Old style: http://i35.tinypic.com/311th1u.png

Old style menu shows up for everything, but Windows shortcuts on desktop (My computer, Recycle bin etc.), and folders.
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13 Nov 2009   #4
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

You have the same thing as I do. Nothing wrong.


Attached Thumbnails
Right click menu turned to old style-2.jpg  
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Right click menu turned to old style-.jpg 
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13 Nov 2009   #5
Mikaka

Windows 7 build 7600 64 bit
 
 

Its not right, because it doesn't happen like that in two of my computers (only one, and only for couple of days).

I'm clearly marking for you in my pictures what I mean. Its the color and style of highlight (for some items, it looks like it is Windows XP menu).

Right click menu turned to old style-modern.png

Right click menu turned to old style-oldstyle.png



Now, the System Restore has no points, I have no System Image, Repair install didn't work, is it Clean Install for me, or is there some magic file, that could fix this??


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14 Nov 2009   #6
brummyfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

If you right click without highlighting the item you'll get the transparent style, if you highlight and right click the item you'll get the old style(blue background and white letters).


Attached Thumbnails
Right click menu turned to old style-capture50.jpg   Right click menu turned to old style-capture51.jpg  
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14 Nov 2009   #7
green98ls

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

The same thing happens to me as the OP. I noticed it started to happen after I installed AVG 9.0 free version. And it only seems to go to the blue highlighted context menu when AVG is in there, like when I click on a file/folder that can be scanned.

But even in the start menu it changes when I click on different things. See attachments.

Also as mentioned above, it doesn't matter whether I click and highlight the item first or just right click


Attached Thumbnails
Right click menu turned to old style-rightclick1.png  
Attached Images
Right click menu turned to old style-rightclick2.png Right click menu turned to old style-rightclick3.png Right click menu turned to old style-rightclick4.png 
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14 Nov 2009   #8
johngalt

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
If you right click without highlighting the item you'll get the transparent style, if you highlight and right click the item you'll get the old style(blue background and white letters).
I get nothing but transparent style regardless of the methodology - so that is not the answer.

Furthermore, I have never gotten an old XP style set of menus - unless the computer shuts Aero off for whatever reason.

I just tried it again - regardless of whether the item in question is highlighted or not, I get the same visual style on my context menu - the number of items is different, but the visual style is the same.

I think the OP has a point here - something is going weird with his system.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by green98ls View Post
The same thing happens to me as the OP. I noticed it started to happen after I installed AVG 9.0 free version. And it only seems to go to the blue highlighted context menu when AVG is in there, like when I click on a file/folder that can be scanned.

But even in the start menu it changes when I click on different things. See attachments.

Also as mentioned above, it doesn't matter whether I click and highlight the item first or just right click


You may be onto something there - if you have a context menu item that is using older system calls, then the menu is forced to revert to the old system in order to be compatible with that one context menu item. So, it makes sense that, for the context menu item for certain things, where that particular entry exists, the system acts like aero has been turned off, whereas in reality it is only turned off for that particular context menu item.

Mikaka - perhaps it is the context menu item for ESET causing this to occur? Because I have WinRAR and Notepad++ so I know it is not either of those two, unless you happen to be running older versions....
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14 Nov 2009   #9
green98ls

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by green98ls View Post
The same thing happens to me as the OP. I noticed it started to happen after I installed AVG 9.0 free version. And it only seems to go to the blue highlighted context menu when AVG is in there, like when I click on a file/folder that can be scanned.

But even in the start menu it changes when I click on different things. See attachments.

Also as mentioned above, it doesn't matter whether I click and highlight the item first or just right click


You may be onto something there - if you have a context menu item that is using older system calls, then the menu is forced to revert to the old system in order to be compatible with that one context menu item. So, it makes sense that, for the context menu item for certain things, where that particular entry exists, the system acts like aero has been turned off, whereas in reality it is only turned off for that particular context menu item.

Mikaka - perhaps it is the context menu item for ESET causing this to occur? Because I have WinRAR and Notepad++ so I know it is not either of those two, unless you happen to be running older versions....

Good explanation John

And to further that explanation, I uninstalled AVG and my context menus went back to the new style without the blue highlighted.

So I would say the context menu will change depending on what programs you install.

I attached new pictures to show the difference


Attached Images
Right click menu turned to old style-before.png Right click menu turned to old style-after.png 
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14 Nov 2009   #10
johngalt

 

Yup - you get some rep for pointing out the difference with AVG installed.

In retrospect, it should have been obvious - but it was an easy enough mistake to say that it occurred in certain areas or with a certain methodology, whereas it is actually the context menu items themselves causing this.

EDIT - added the following

lol - my single instance of rep gave you three boxes - congrats!
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