Windows 10: Start Orb Right Click inactive?

  1.    08 Oct 2014 #1

    Start Orb Right Click inactive?


    I just found that my right click menu from the start icon doesn't do anything.
    It was working earlier, but now it's not.

    I can start the stuff from the all apps menu.

    Anyone know what is going on?

    I keep messing around with it, don't know what I might have done.

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  2. Kari's Avatar
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       08 Oct 2014 #2

    Does the keyboard shortcut + X work?
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  3.    08 Oct 2014 #3


    Yes Windows + X opens the list, but I can click on any of the options and nothing happens.

    Actually the only one that seems to do anything is "Run" and "Search" (that opens a search Metro style search window on the right side of the screen, charms bar style).

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  4. Kari's Avatar
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       08 Oct 2014 #4

    Have you installed something that adds items (shell extensions) to normal context (right click) menus?
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  5.    08 Oct 2014 #5


    I haven't installed anything in the last day, but I'm not sure when it quite working.
    I have a system image made when it was still working maybe tomorrow I'll restore to that, I've already done it once.

    Everything else seems to work, I can open all this stuff from other locations.

    Except I don't know how to open Command Prompt as Admin. without the link on the menu, in Windows 10?

    I was doing that when I discovered that it wasn't working.

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  6. Kari's Avatar
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       08 Oct 2014 #6

    Everything I can find on the Interwebs about this issue points to shell extensions, something being added to context menus.

    I'll keep searching, in the mean time here's how to run elevated command prompt from Start Menu:

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    Search for CMD, then right click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
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       09 Oct 2014 #7

    run a system file check

    in command prompt type

    sfc /scannow

    hit enter, let it run

    see if it fixes the issue
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  8.    09 Oct 2014 #8


    The only thing that I installed that added a entry in the right click menu was Agent Ransack.
    But I did that before I made my system image file and it was still working after I did that.

    I did a system restore a few minutes ago, from my EaseUS TODO backup image and it's working again, I'll pay attention when I redo some of the things that I did since the restore and see if it happens again.

    Thanks for the help.

    I tried to run SFC /scannow but I couldn't get into the administrator prompt at that time.
    If it happens again I think I know how to do that now.


    Ps. I got everything back to where I was before the restore and it's still working, I made a new System Image of it the way it is now.

    I think I'll make one every few days for a while, they don't take much space or very long to make since my Widows 10 drive is pretty small.
    Last edited by MikeHawthorne; 09 Oct 2014 at 10:37.
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