Full Context Menu tweak not working for All Users (HKU/Default), works fine for HKCU


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Recently I used the known tweak to enable the full context menu in Windows 11 on my work laptop, and it worked as advertised, no problems at all. I understand that this tweak will only change the context menu for the currently logged in user (ME), hence modifying HKCU....

Reg.exe add "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "" /f
Reg.exe add "HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "" /f
(Restart explorer.exe or reboot laptop)

What I want to do is modify the default profile so that all new users logging in will also have the full context menu. In theory I should be able to load the default user hive, modify/add the same key, then unload the default user hive.

reg load HKU\temphive c:\Users\default\ntuser.dat
reg add "HKU\temphive\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "" /f
reg add "HKU\temphive\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32" /ve /t REG_SZ /d "" /f
reg unload HKU\temphive

I also tried HKLM\Default.... as I've seen that being used to modify the default profile hive as well.....same results.

This process worked fine for the Left Start Menu tweak (all users have the Start menu on the left side of the taskbar). It does NOT work for the Full Context Menu. The registry key is changed in HKU\Default but when I log in as a different user (new user) the context menu is the standard Windows 11 mess. Looking in the new user's registry hive the setting is NOT being propagated from HKU\DEFAULT as it should be.

Has anyone out there been able to defeat this issue? Strange how modifying the Default Hive works for some keys and not for others.
Thanks in advance!!!
 

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Hello, and welcome. :-)

As a test, use the Enable_Show_more_options_context_menu.reg download in option 1 below first to clear the registry key, then use the Disable_Show_more_options_context_menu.reg file to disable "Show more options".

Afterwards use step 7 to apply and see if that may work for you.

 

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The original fix, involved downloading a little script that did the dirty deed., and restored the full Right Click Context Menu.
That obviously worked for at least Some People, but not for me.

So I resorted to Plan B, entering the appropriate line of text at a command prompt. And, that worked.
I was confused by the terms "Disabled" and "Enabled". It seems like those terms should be reversed. Eh?

It's beyond my comprehension, why MS had to mess with something, like the Context Menu, that has worked just fine for many years and many versions of Windows. They just don't know when to leave well enough alone.

TM :cool:
 

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This is exactly the process I used above....works fine for the currently logged in user, but when importing the same keys to the default user hive the setting does not get applied to new users.
 

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Unfortunately not. Only current user so far. :(
 

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This is exactly the process I used above....works fine for the currently logged in user, but when importing the same keys to the default user hive the setting does not get applied to new users.
Let me know if this works for you as it works for me

Batch:
:THIS LOADS THE DEFAULT HIVE
reg load HKLM\DEFAULT c:\users\default\ntuser.dat
:THIS ENABLES THE OLDER STYLE CONTEXTUAL MENUS
reg add "HKLM\default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce" /v FullContext /d "C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe /c reg add \"HKCU\Software\Classes\CLSID\{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}\InprocServer32\" /v \"\" /f" /f
:THIS IS RESTART EXPLORER ON FIRST RUNONCE
reg add "HKLM\default\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce" /v Restart /d "powershell -Command Stop-Process -Processname Explorer -WarningAction SilentlyContinue -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -force" /f
:THIS UNLOADS THE DEFUALT HIVE
reg unload HKLM\DEFAULT
 

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