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Windows 7: Unable to right click-open with "there was a problem starting shimgvw"

19 Nov 2016   #1
Sylveon Fetish

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Unable to right click-open with "there was a problem starting shimgvw"

I am having an issue opening various file formats in various applications via the right-click "Open With" context menu. Every time I try, I get the following error message:

there was a problem starting C:\Windows\shimgvw.dll
A Dynamic Link Library (DLL) initialization routine failed.

It doesn't matter what file type I right-click on or what program I tell it to open with, that error message occurs every single time.

I Googled the problem but only other unrelated results about shimgvw.dll showed up and all of which are really old, like 2007 and earlier, None of which even mentions Windows 7. There is nothing regarding opening files with right-click menu or Windows 7 and this error message.

Does anybody know what the problem could be and how do I fix this? Thanks

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Nov 2016   #2

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

I would run a System File Check (SFC) to see if there are any errors that can or can't be fixed.
You might need to run it up to 3 times to fix errors.
Here is the tutorial:
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Nov 2016   #3

Windows 10 64 bit

Doing a search for that .dll, I see many hits relative to full screen view "imgvw" and to Windows Picture and Fax Viewer.

I don't have Win 7 installed right now (its on another PC that is down for parts). But If you go to Control Panel/Programs and finally Turn Windows features on or off, if the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is listed, turn it off, restart the PC then turn it back on.

If not, try SFC /scannow and see if it finds any corrupted files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

19 Nov 2016   #4

OEM Windows 7 Ult (x64) SP1

Hi, @Sylveon Fetish:

Just curious...

Is this the same computer as the one here?

BSOD at startup "0MB partition size" after Windows update - Windows 7

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Unable to right click-open with "there was a problem starting shimgvw"

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