New Context Menu - Restore Default Menu Items

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How to Restore Missing Default New Context Menu Items in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to restore any nonworking or missing default menu items from in the New context (right click) menu. This includes the Folder, Shortcut, Bitmap Image, Contact, Rich Text Document, Text Document, and Briefcase menu items.
How to Restore Missing Default New Context Menu Items in Vista


information   Information
This will show you how to restore any nonworking or missing default menu items from in the New context (right click) menu. This includes the Folder, Shortcut, Bitmap Image, Contact, Rich Text Document, Text Document, and Briefcase menu items.
Note   Note
This will restore the entire default key entry in the registry for the menu item that is missing in the New context menu. For more about the ShellNew key and how to add a menu item of your own, see:How to Add and Remove a New Menu Item in Vista
Tip   Tip
If New is missing from the context menu, then see: How to Restore or Remove New from the Context Menu in Vista and continue this tutorial to restore any missing menu items in the New menu.
EXAMPLE: New Context Menu with Default Menu Items
NOTE:
You can only see this New context menu when you right click on a empty space on the desktop or on a empty space in a Windows Explorer window.

New_Menu.jpg


Here's How:
Note   Note
Select and download the New menu item(s) REG file(s) that is not working or is missing to restore them back to the New context menu item list.

1. To Restore Folder
A) Click on the download button below to download the​
Restore_Folder.reg file.​
download

2. To Restore Shortcut
A) Click on the download button below to download the​
Restore_Shortcut.reg file.​
download

3. To Restore Bitmap Image
A) Click on the download button below to download the​
Restore_Bitmap_Image.reg file.​
download

4. To Restore Contact
A) Click on the download button below to download the​
Restore_Contact.reg file.​
download

5. To Restore Rich Text Document
A) Click on the download button below to download the​
Restore_Rich_Text_Document.reg file.​
download

6. To Restore Text Document
A) Click on the download button below to download the​
Restore_Text_Document.reg file.​
download

7. To Restore Briefcase
A) Click on the download button below to download the​
Restore_Briefcase.reg file.​
download

8. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
9. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
10. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
11. Restart the computer to apply the changes.​
12. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file(s) if you like.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
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Shawn Brink

Comments

Hello Oldsew, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you tried everything in the tutorial step by step, then see if using a older restore point can help fix this for you.

Shawn
 
OK, I will restore again but can you tell me why this is happening? Is it an update to Vista? This is the 3rd time. Possibly I used the wrong reg. d/l. I think I saw 64 bit somewhere and I have Vista 32.
 
Oldsew,

It can be caused by a number of things such as registry cleaner allowed to delete the wrong registry entries, 3rd party program context menu add on not compatible, etc..... It would be hard to narrow it down unless it happened right after you installed or changed something.
 
Expanded Context Menu

I don't understand how this has happened [the full list], but this is my Context Menu.
Can other and additional selections be added at will?

Context Menu.JPG
 
Thanks for the link Shawn,

It's actually quite useful having them there, but I must admit perplexion at how they all set up house there.

Yours always help. Thanks.
Tony
 
On your #10 step> 10. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. < This does not happen for me, it just opens in notepad in another notepad window, after I click on "merge", nothing runs, there is no word "run", just the notepad file I saved. suggestions?
 
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Hello Indiad, and welcome to Vista Forums.

That means that your .reg file associations have been associated with the wrong program by mistake.

To fix this, you will need to check in Default Programs (method three at link) to set the reg file extension to have it's Current Default program set as Registry Editor (C:\Windows\regedit.exe).

Afterwards, try merging the REG file in this tutorial again.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 
Ok, tried that but the default list does not have "registry editor" in it, just "programs" and the default for .reg is "notepad" my only selections are a MS app, etc. not c:drv choice such as you said.
 
At step 7 in Method Three, are you able to browse to and select the C:\Windows\regedit.exe file to have Registry Editor (regedit) the default program?
 
Ok, yes, found it so that is done, now I go back to desktop saved reg file and double clicked, yes, then it said it was successfully added. What is my next step!?
 
Wooza! We did it! Thank you Shawn for all your assist and patience! Much much appreciated! I'm never scared of trying and wasn't going to give up~~~
India
 
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