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    Windows Explorer Hanging (W2K)

    When I right-click on a desktop icon (or select an icon and press Alt-Enter.) SP4 with "all known critical updates." Anyone seen this one?

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    Re: Windows Explorer Hanging (W2K)

    Have a look and see whether there are any "nasties" lurking on your system. A good list of programs to use for that is <!post=here,296439>here<!/post>.
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    Re: Windows Explorer Hanging (W2K)

    I use McAfee for Anti-virus, and AdAware for adware; nothing showing in a full scan (all files) with McAfee and AdAware "smart system scan." Task manager showing no unusual activity (in fact, nothing seems to be going on!) I seem to be able to use and run all my software, but I can't right-click on a desktop icon . . .

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    Re: Windows Explorer Hanging (W2K)

    This is a ubiquitous complaint on the web. MS has a KB on it as well:

    Temporary Decline in Performance Occurs When You Right-Click a File or Folder in Windows Explorer

    A very common remedy included in this KB is to rt. click the desktop and go to the Display Properties Dialogue Box(or reach it through Control Panel)>Appearance Tab>Effects button>click to clear the Use the following transition effect for menus and tooltips check box, and then click OK two times.

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    Click the folder or file that you want (select it) before you right-click it to display the shortcut menu.

    The second one--the workaround--is like powering the monitor off manually with the button!

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    Re: Windows Explorer Hanging (W2K)

    I don't think that is my situation (when I unchecked the fade effect, the behavior was the same with a right-click, even after first selecting the icon). In addition, when the task manager is running and I try a right-click (on either a desktop or start menu shortcut) utilization goes briefly to about 25%, then down to near zero. If I try to log off or restart, Windows reports first pdesk, then explorer to not be responding.

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    Re: Windows Explorer Hanging (W2K)

    What is pdesk? Is it the most current version? How long do you wait until you give up?

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    Re: Windows Explorer Hanging (W2K)

    "Pdesk" is just the "Powerdesk" software that came with my Matrox display adapter; I tried unloading it, then I set it not to start automatically. The only difference is that after that, only Explorer.exe would hang on the right-click. I noticed at this time that I could get the corresponding Alt-Enter to actually work, at least once. (Rebooting takes up quite a bit of time!)

    I've waited as long as an hour--at that point, explorer stops hanging, and the desktop and start menu resume functioning. However, even then I haven't gotten my right-click menu (with the shortcut's properties, etc).

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