[Fix] Win+X Menu Shortcuts Not Working

When you right-click Start, none of the shortcuts in the Win+X (Power User) menu work except the Run command. However, the shortcuts may work fine when launched from the Win+X Shortcuts folder, which is located at:

%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\WinX

This problem may be caused by a 3rd party shell extension, and Nirsoft’s ShellExView should help you isolate the handler that’s causing the problem.



troubleshoot right click Issues Caused by Shell Extensions - shellexview

In ShellExView, disable 3rd party Context Menu shell extensions one at a time, or in a batch, and then use the Restart Explorer (CTRL + E) option after disabling the extension(s). Do this until the problem is resolved.. and eventually narrow down the extension causing the problem. Check out the much useful and a detailed guide on how to use troubleshoot shell extension problems.


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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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