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Restoring the Classic Context Menu in Windows 11: Recreating the Familiar Interface


With every update to Microsoft operating systems, users are faced with changes to the interface, and Windows 11 is no exception. Some quickly adapt to the new features, including the redesigned context menu, but there are those who prefer to return to the familiar view. If you miss the variety of commands in the new context menu and want to return to the classic version, in this article we will tell you how to do it.

Bringing back the Classic Context Menu in Windows 11

When you right-click on an icon on the desktop or in Windows Explorer in Windows 11, a new context menu appears with graphical buttons and fewer options. If you miss the more variable and rich context menus of Windows 10, there are several ways to bring back the classic version.

1. Using Registry Editor:

  • Open the Registry Editor by pressing the Win+R keys simultaneously and typing "regedit".
  • Navigate to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID.
  • Create a partition named {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} if it doesn't exist.
  • In the new section, create a subkey "InprocServer32".
  • Enter "InprocServer32", open "Default" and click "OK" (leave the "Value" field blank).
  • Restart your computer to apply the changes.

2. Alternative Methods:

Create a reg file with the entry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32]
@=""
Add the file to the registry and restart your computer.

Use the command line:

reg.exe add "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32" /f

Restart your computer to apply the changes.

By following these simple steps, you can return the familiar context menu to Windows 11, while maintaining all the benefits of the new operating system.

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