After frequent BSODs stopped I lost something

  1. Posts : 11
    Win 10 PRO

    After frequent BSODs stopped I lost something

    Had a series of BSOD, maybe 2 monitors, maybe the new Intel driver - anyway after running a series of in-line-reinstall, DISM-RestoreHealth, etc. the system is back to stable, but - the right click does not result in much. I.e. right-click on Chrome to open New Window or Incognito - results in nothing visible. I can do it 10 times and nothing. But looking into running processes - I would have ten CHromes running. Trying to run CMD elevated by right click and select the Run as Administrator - nothing happens at all. No error messages either. After all the attempts to resolve BSOD - of course, no restore points to go back to.
    And on top of it the ancient 1903 mess created the <user.000> which I hate.
    Is there hope for me? Rebuilding the WIndows from scratch and reinstalling everything is w weeks-long process, and some of the older stuff might not be reinstallable for lack of info.
    Is there some magic that can be done to clean up?
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  2. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1

    You can try doing a repair install using an in-place upgrade.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade

    It allows you to re-install Windows, but keep your personal files and apps.

    If you don't have the 1903 ISO, you can download it using Rufus, or from the Heidoc website.

    Rufus - The Official Website (Download, New Releases)

    Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool
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  3. Posts : 11
    Win 10 PRO
    Thread Starter

    In-line upgrade is the very first thing I have done for all those problems - but no resolution.
    In re: the 1903 created problem with <user.000> - had I noticed it within 1 week of 1903 install it can be reverted to the previous version. But stupidity of WIndows designers makes the reversal impossible after 7 days.
    For the right click problem - the in-line upgrade did not help either.
    DISM image repair - not helped. Any number of sfc /scannow - not helped.
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  4. Posts : 13,955
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503

    First, boot to Safe Mode, does right click work there? If yes then it's a software/driver conflict.

    Try a Clean Boot: How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts
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  5. Posts : 11
    Win 10 PRO
    Thread Starter

    Thanks. Tried that before too. No, it does not solve the problem.
    Let me specifically describe:e.g. if I right-click on nearly anything the proper laundry list menu opens, but clicking within that menu does not execute anything.
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  6. Posts : 13,955
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503

    Try ShellExView. See if any of the non-Microsoft extensions are causing the problem.
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  7. Posts : 11
    Win 10 PRO
    Thread Starter

    The same occurs with only Microsoft processes left. Everything else is off.
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  8. Posts : 13,955
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503

    Rats, was hoping that would give you a clue.

    Problems like this is why making image backups is so important. For future reference:

    Backup your hard drive

    The first thing you need to do is backup your current install. The best way to do this is to use Macrium Reflect Free to make an image backup to an external hard drive. If you don't have an external hard drive now is a good time to get one as regular backup should be a part of your normal process. You can get a 1TB external hard drive for $60 (less if on sale).

    There are other backup programs available but Macrium is the one I use and recommend.

    • Acronis True Image. A full featured backup solution. ...
    • EaseUS ToDo Backup. A flexible solution in the backup arena. ...
    • Paragon Backup & Recovery. Enterprise options for home backup. ...
    • NovaBackup. Does the basics well, but only the basics.
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  9. Posts : 11
    Win 10 PRO
    Thread Starter

    To illustrate & clarify further e.g.:
    I am in dark mode.
    Chrome from the taskbar; right click opens the list; the list has two fields black and dark; selections on black part work; selections on gray part do not; Same behaviour is with any other browser.
    Skype is interesting: it starts Skype from the black field, but Quit Skype is on the gray field does not work.
    It must be some setting in the registry - but I have no clue where to begin.
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