Fix Slow Right Click Context Menu in Windows 10

If you have recently upgraded or updated your Windows, you might be facing this issue where the right-click context menu on desktop appears to be slow, in fact, when you right-click on the desktop it takes a lot of time for the context menu to appear. In short, the right-click context menu seems to be delayed because of some reason, and that’s why it appears slow. So to fix the issue, first, you need to find the cause of the delay and then fix it.

This issue is annoying because desktop right-clicks in an important function of windows which let users quickly access settings, display settings etc. The main issue seems to be some 3rd party application which seems to be conflicting with Windows Shell extensions or a corrupt 3rd party shell extension itself. In some cases, faulty or outdated display drivers also seem to cause a right-click context menu to appear slow. So without wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix Slow Right Click Context Menu in Windows 10 with the help of below-listed troubleshooting steps.

Fix Slow Right Click Context Menu in Windows 10

Make sure to  create a restore point  just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Update Display Drivers

1. Press Windows Key + R then type devmgmt.msc and hit enter to open Device Manager.

2. Next, expand Display adapters and right-click on your Nvidia Graphic Card and select Enable.

3. Once you have done this again, right-click on your graphic card and select “Update Driver Software.

4. Select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and let it finish the process.

5. If the above step could fix your problem, then excellent, if not then continue.

6. Again select Update Driver Software but this time on the next screen select “Browse my computer for driver software.

7. Now select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.”

8. Finally, select the compatible driver from the list for your Nvidia Graphic Card and click Next.

9. Let the above process finish and restart your PC to save changes. After updating the Graphic card, you may be able to Fix Slow Right Click Context Menu in Windows 10.

Method 2: Disable 3rd party Shell Extensions

If you have a context menu with a lot of 3rd party shell extensions, then one of them may be corrupted, and that’s why it’s causing a delay in the right-click context menu. Also, many shell extensions can cause the delay, so make sure to disable all the unnecessary shell extensions.

1. Download the program from here and then right-click on it and select Run as Administrator (you don’t need to install it).

2. From the menu, click on Options, click on Filter by Extension Type and select Context Menu.

3. On the next screen, you will see a list of entries, under these the entries marked with the pink background will be installed by 3rd parties software.

4. Hold down CTRL key and select all of the above entries marked with the pink background then click on the red button on the top left corner to disable.

5. Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you can Fix Slow Right Click Context Menu in Windows 10.

6. If the issue is resolved, it was definitely caused by one of the shell extension and to find out which one was the culprit you could start enabling the extensions one by one until the issue occurs again.

7. disable that particular extension and then uninstall the software associated with it.

8. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 3: Perform a Clean Boot

You may put your computer in a clean boot state and check. There could be a possibility that a third-party application is conflicting and causing the issue to occur.

1. Press the Windows Key + R button, then type ‘msconfig’ and click OK.

2. Under General tab under, make sure ‘Selective startup’ is checked.

3. Uncheck ‘Load startup items‘ under selective startup.

4. Select the Service tab and check the box ‘Hide all Microsoft services.’

5. Now click ‘Disable all to disable all the unnecessary services which might cause conflict.

6. On the Startup tab, click ‘Open Task Manager.’

7. Now, in the Startup tab (Inside Task Manager) disable all the startup items which are enabled.

8. Click OK and then Restart. If the issue is resolved and you want to investigate then further follow this guide.

9. Again press the Windows key + R button and type ‘msconfig’ and click OK.

10. On the General tab, select the Normal Startup option and then click OK.

11. When you are prompted to restart the computer, click Restart. This would definitely help you Fix Slow Right Click Context Menu in Windows 10.

Method 4: Registry Fix

Note: Make a backup of the registry before continuing.

1. Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

2. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

3.Make sure to highlight ContextMenuHandlers, and under it, several other folders will be there.

4. Right-click on each of them except New and WorkFolders and then select Delete.

Note: If you don’t want to delete all the folders, you could start by deleting until the issue is resolved. But after each folder you delete, you need to restart.

5. Reboot your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Slow Right Click Context Menu in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding the above guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.