When you right-click a file/folder, there may be a huge delay before Windows displays the context menu.This problem is caused by a bad context menu handler.You can identify the problematic shell extension and then fix it.
Using ShellExView to fix “Very Slow or Hang When Right Click On a File or Folder”
ShellExView (by Nir Sofer) is an excellent tool to view and manage all installed shell extensions. If available, it displays the description, as well as version details, company information, location, file names and much more.
Effective usage of ShellExView to solve the right-click problems
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ShellEx is very easy to use. There is a column called “Type” in ShellExView, which will group all the Context Menu together by click it. Then there is another column called “Microsoft” which makes it even easier for you to determine which context-menu doesn’t belong to Microsoft. Moreover by default the Non Microsoft context menu are marked for easier identification.
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.
A little tips: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.
You meet the problems when you right-click an empty area in the Desktop?If so try as following
If you have the problem when you right-click on a blank area on the Desktop, then you need to inspect the handlers in this registry key.
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-key there, then this can be added by third-party applications. Normally created the software that comes with your graphics card entries to the above location. Here is an example of an article from the Intel Graphics Controller website.