This post shows students and new users the steps to recover or restore old context menus in Windows 11. As you already know, Windows 11 comes with a simplified context menu in File Explorer and other functions. You can access the full context menu, but you need to click Show more options.

If you want to restore the classic Windows 10 right-click context menu where all commands are displayed in one panel, follow the steps below to do so.

The steps below will allow you to edit the Windows registry, which can be very dangerous. If you are not comfortable editing the Windows registry, I suggest that you do not continue to modify your system registry.

Incorrect changes to the Windows registry can cause serious problems, including rendering your system unusable.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features and a new user desktop, including a centered start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any computer look and feel modern.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts about it.

To start restoring classic context menus in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to recover the classic context menu in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows 11 comes with simplified context menus. If you want to restore or recover the classic menus, follow the steps below.

First, open the Windows Registry. You can do this by going to the Start menu and searching Registry editor.

registry editor in windows 11

In the Registry Editor window, navigate to this key folder below. You can also copy the key path and paste it into the navigation bar, then press Enter to go there.


Right-click on the blank area in the right windows and select New> Password, then paste {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} value as the name of the key folder on the right.

Windows 11 restore classic context menu

A new key folder will be created on the right. There, right click on the newly created key folder named {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} and select New> Password. Then name the new key InprocServer32 .

Windows 11 new key to restore classic context menu

A new keys subfolder must also be created in the first keys folder created above. There will automatically be a key value (default) for the InprocServer32 . All you have to do is double-click the (Default) folder to open it. Then click OK to close without typing anything in the Value data field.

Windows 11 restore classic menu option

Close Registry Editor and the classic context menu should be restored as you can see below.

Windows 11 brings back the classic context menu

That is all!


In this tutorial we have seen how to get back the classic context menu when using Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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