How to get the Windows 10 Context Menu in Windows 11

Windows 11 has new menus. The general perception of these new menus is that they are not very good. They have replaced text labels with buttons, and users get a standard shortcut when right – clicking anywhere. For additional options, the context menu needs to be expanded. Basically users have to double click to see all the options in the context menu.

Windows 10 context menu in Windows 11

Windows 10 context menu in Windows 11

Microsoft has been actively blocking ways to remove its new context menu however, there is a registry hack that allows you to block the new context menu. Once blocked, users will get the old context menu they had in Windows 10. The hack is easy to turn off and applies to file context tables as well as the desktop context table.

Get Windows 10 context menu in Windows 11

To get the old context table, you need to edit the table and to do that, you need admin rights.

  1. Open Command Prompt with administrative rights.
  2. Run this command: reg add HKCUSoftwareClassesCLSID{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}InprocServer32 /ve /d “” /f
  3. When the command is complete (should only take a few seconds), run this command: taskkill / im explorer.exe / f & explorer.exe
  4. The desktop and background of the desktop will disappear when you run the command and return automatically however they do not, run this command: explorer.exe.
  5. Right-click on a file or desktop and you will get back to the old context menu.

Restore Windows 11 context menu

If you do not want to use the Windows 10 context menu, and would prefer to get used to the new UI, you can remove this hack.

  1. Tap on the Win + R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  2. In the Run box, enter regedit and tap Enter.
  3. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareClassesCLSID
  4. Right click on the {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} key below and select delete from context menu.
  5. Open Task Manager.
  6. Go to the Processes tab.
  7. Select Windows Explorer and click the End button.
  8. Your taskbar and desktop background will automatically disappear and reappear but if they do not, tap the Win + R keyboard shortcut to open the run box.
  9. In the Run box, enter explorer.exe and tap Enter.
  10. Windows 11 context menu will be updated.


Microsoft may or may not block this hack. When users expand the new, abbreviated context menu, they basically find the old table but in a different folder. For some users, the new context table is better because it relies on images for common tasks such as copy, paste, and share. One thing is for sure, developers will want to try to make Windows 11 look as similar to Windows 10 as possible.

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