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Windows 7: Dead Slow Right Click on Desktop

09 May 2011   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nuluis View Post
A really quick and easy fix is to simply remove the NVIDIA Control Panel context menu handler, NvCplDesktopContext manually from the registry. Its just a bug and you can access the nvcp from start menu or control panel.

Found under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\

(provided you dont rely too much on the nvidia control panel shortcut.)

working like a charm!!

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15 Jun 2011   #12


Doesn't work
Windows 7 sp1 64bit latest updated, latest NVIDIA driver.
When i Rightclick on the file, it's very slow, about
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24 Aug 2011   #13

Windows Vista x64

after updating my nvidia drivers, i too experienced a noticeable delay with the right click menu on my desktop and browser.

i used control panel -> programs and features to uninstall nvidia's 3d vision controller driver plus on other 3d driver i had. this resolved the issue i had with the delay in the right click menu.

try this solution if you don't do any 3d gaming/computing.
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30 Mar 2012   #14

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

After searching several forums I found the answer. In my case it was the Roxio virtual CD drive but this solution will allow you to find it even if it's something else. It did require that I download shellexview from and I admit that made me a bit nervous however I scanned the files with Norton and they came back as being safe. The company has been around a while and seems to have a good reputation.
The program made it much easier than editing the registry as I could easily Undo my changes for trial and error problem solving.
Here's the post from another forum.
Download ShellExView (from and run it. It will scan the registry for all the shell extensions. Once the scan is over and the list is displayed, you need to spot the context menu handlers. Sort the results using "Type", so that the context menu handlers are displayed together.
The rule is to disable non-Microsoft context menu handlers *one-by-one* and verify if the problem is solved. If disabling one does not solve the problem, undo the disabled item and disable the next non-Microsoft handler. Do the same until the problem is solved and finally identify the culprit. Scroll right to see the Company Name column in ShellExView.
Even more quicker method is to bisect the list of context menu handlers into two groups, disabling half of the entries at a stretch, rebooting and testing the behavior again. JClarke commented on this article:
You can disable them ...they say "one at a time" and see what effect it has on the problem. I did it a lot quicker by bisecting the list, disabling half of the entries in one fell swoop, rebooting and trying the right click.
It worked, so I knew I just had to narrow it down, just as we used to do with msconfig. Then I kept bisecting the list until it was just a few and did those one at a time. The problem is that you have to reboot between tries to get accurate testing of the results of your disabling. I didn't find logging off to be consistent.

Problems when you right-click an empty area in the Desktop?

If you have a problem when you right-click on a blank area on the Desktop, then you need to inspect the handlers in this registry key. (ShellExView v1.14 and later versions enumerate the items from this location)
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Directory \ Background \ shellex \ ContextMenuHandlers
The only handler present by default (in a clean XP installation) is the New handler. If you find any additional sub-keys there, it may have be added by third-party applications. Usually, the software that comes with your graphic card adds entries to the above location. Here is one instance, an article from the Intel Graphics Controller website.
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