Windows XP – Right Click takes a long time

I’ve been fighting this problem for awhile where I would right-click on a file and it would take almost a minute to get a menu.  Sometimes, the system would just lock up.

I went through a lot of Google searches over time and today I finally found the culprit thanks to this article:

http://windowsxp.mvps.org/rcdelay.htm

and a tool called

Regscanner

The best piece of advice on troubleshooting this type of behavior is to open your network settings and disable your network card.  I’m assuming most people are 100% online these days so the comment “When your network is enabled” didn’t originally catch my eye.   However, when I disabled my network connection, my right click worked fantastic.

Bingo!  The error is something to do with the network.  I used RegScanner to find any registry setting that was pointing to some obscure UNC path on the network and I actually found 3 references to a server that no longer exists on my network.

I removed those entries and the problem immediately went away.

Before you go removing certificates and dropping shell extensions (both were other ideas – and completely valid for some people), try turning off your network and running a quick test.

It worked for me.

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One response to “Windows XP – Right Click takes a long time

  1. Sorry but this does not makes sense if you are on a network and you disable it you wont be able to access the network am I missing something here

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