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    Find Menu Keeps Growing

    I just noticed that if I do a search (Find/Files & Folders) that the File menu keeps growing. If I right click a shortcut found, & then left click the File menu, I get a Target & Contents (added by Power Toys) item. I can also get an extra PowerDesk or WinZip item. If I click it again, I get them twice. A third time... See the attachment. I've rebuilt my registry twice & cleaned it. Anyone have an idea what's causing it or where I can find these in the registry?
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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    <hr> If I click it again<hr>
    Click what, exactly? I'm not entirely clear on what is happening. If you click the Find menu, and then do it a second time, you see the entries? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    Sorry, Mark. I thought I was clear. I left click the File menu in the Find box & 1 entry for Target or Contents shows up. I close the menu (not the Find box) & left click the File menu again & there are two entries for Contents & Target. Next time it's 3... The menu can get so large that it scrolls.

    I just expanded some of the Contents submenus. Only the first one is accurate. The rest seem to have a display problem. One thing I think I'll do is check my display driver.

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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    Hi Mark:
    Well, it's not the monitor driver. Every time I go to File menu & click "Open Containing Folder" I get more entries on the File menu. And it's not only when I select a shortcut file that shows up in the Find Files or Folders. I'm beginning to suspect WinZip 9.0. When I click the File menu on a non shortcut & select Target, I get a Winzip menu offering to zip files.

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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    Not Winzip either. I reinstalled Winzip 3.0 to see if that made a difference, even without a shell or context menu & it had no effect. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    Phil, have you tried using a tool like RegMon to try and sniff out the cause? It might shed some light on what is going on here. Many of the menus in Windows are populated through registry entries, so if you could determine which process is behind it, you may be able to winnow it out.
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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    Hi Mark:
    I have RegMon & did try it. Trouble is, I don't know enough about registry entries to know what is going on. If you think it would help, I could take a snapshot & post it here in a text file. Thanks again,

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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    Phil, that would indeed be helpful. It may shed a clue or two. Just try to limit the capture as much as possible and kill as many background processes as you can so that there is not a mountain of information. I'll be glad to take a look once you post it. It might be easier if you use RegMon's internal save to file instead of a screen capture.
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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    Here's what I did. I shut down everything except my mouse software & Explorer. I started Find... & searched for delete. Then I started regmon. I selected a shortcut file (in Find), switched to regmon & started the capture. Then I clicked the File menu on Find, switched back to regmon & stopped the capture & saved the file. I did this 3 times, naming the files regmon01.log, 02.log, & 03.log. Each time I clicked on the File menu in Find, the number of "Contents" entries had increased. Hope this makes sense. Thanks again.
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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    The bad news is that I don't see anything in the logs you uploaded that seems to be remiss. But then, that's a good thing too - it means that for the most part things are working as they should.

    In thinking about this, something came to mind. These are not default menu options in Windows 98. They come from the PowerToys collection. I would suggest removing the Contents and Target context menu extensions to see if it goes away. If it does, then you could try re-installing those tweaks. An important note here: the earlier versions of the PowerToys didn't always work properly, so seek out and download the absolute latest version(s) that you can find. I recall that the Target extension in particular had some issues that were later resolved, but if memory serves it was a problem that caused the computer to crash - not add multiple entries. Still...
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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    Hi Mark:
    Indeed, you have hit the nail on the head. Removing those two Power Toys removed the problem. Unfortunately, as soon as I reinstalled them, the problem reoccurred. I believe that I have the latest version. I did download from the link you provided. It was strange that the creation & modification date of W95powertoy.exe was the date I downloaded. Normally, the modification date shows as the date the file was last modified by the developer. In any event, it was byte for byte the same size as my old one.

    It could be that I've had this problem all along & never noticed it. I very rarely use the File menu from the Find/File dialog box, especially twice, but I do use the Contents & Target extensions often. I guess I'll live with it.
    Thanks for all the advice.

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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    I wonder if you really did have the problem all along and never noticed it? It sounds more likely to me that something went awry and you're now seeing a side effect of it. I would guess that you have already done the basics: thorough scandisk, defrag, checked for spyware et al. If not, those steps may help. I just recently found that my computer would not go into standy and the screen saver would not launch as it did. Strange, I thought, but what the heck. All I did to cause this was shut the computer down, move it to another location, and then shut down and move it back. Nothing - and I mean nothing - changed in that time.

    However, after running a thorough CHKDSK on all partitions (this is an XP system), the machine does what it's supposed to again. The screen save kicks in after ten minutes and standby rolls along about 20 minutes after that, as it should have been doing all along. Strange...strange.

    Have you installed the extensions one at a time to see if one of them individually is the culprit?
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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    I've run sfc, scandisk, defrag, rebuilt the registry using
    scanreg /fix /opt

    I haven't tried installing one at a time. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> I think I will try that & see if only one of them is causing problems.
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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    I'd be interested in hearing the results of your experiment, Phil. There's obviously some cause buried in the registry, but who knows what that might be??
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    Re: Find Menu Keeps Growing

    Well, Mark. Whichever one is installed will add items to the context menu. If target.dll is installed, then the Target submenu is replicated; if the Contents.dll is installed, then the Contents submenu is replicated. I ran InCtrl5, which takes a snapshot before & after an installation (or action). I did it before & after clicking the File menu on the Find dialog box, but the only change was

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareDescriptionMicrosoftRpcU uidPersistentData "LastTimeAllocated"

    I also found that it occurs in Explorer windows. I will recheck the usual suspects (adware, malware, scandisk, etc.), but I really believe that this probably was always true. I just never have had occasion to use the File menu from either Explorer or the Find box (except to Open the containing folder...& then only once).

    I'll let you know if anything comes up. Thanks again,

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