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How to bring back the classic Context Menu from Windows 10 in Windows 11

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Majority of us have already updated our Windows 10 PC to the latest OS from Microsoft; Windows 11. Windows 11 is smooth as butter, however, there are certain features which many think was better in Windows 10 than the way they are now in Windows 11. For example, as you might have already guessed from the title of the post, the Context Menu.

The Context Menu is the menu of shortcuts that you get when you right-click on your Windows PC. Here's an example of the classic Context Menu (the menu in Windows 10):
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However, with Windows 11, the Context Menu has changed drastically. This is what the Context Menu in Windows 11 looks like:
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You can still view the Windows 10 Context Menu, however, you need to make an extra click on the option that says Show more options in the Windows 11 Context Menu, or press the Shift and F10 keys together. But that doesn't make sense, right? This is supposed to be a menu of shortcuts, and yet, I need to click multiple times to get to it! Microsoft, what were you thinking?

But that's okay, we have a workaround to everything (almost). So, if you want to bring back the old, classic, Windows 10 Context Menu back, follow the steps below, and don't worry, this is way easier than resetting forgotten passwords in Windows 11:

1. Click on the Search icon, and then search for the term regedit

2. Once you see the Registry Editor listed in the Best Match section, click on Run as administrator. Depending on your UAC settings, Windows 11 might ask you to allow the Windows Registry to make changes to your PC. Please click on Yes

3. This should open the Windows 11 Registry Editor. Click on File on the menu at the top, then click on Export

4. This will ask you for the location where you would like to backup your Windows 11 registry, select a suitable location on your PC, give this a meaningful name like windows-11-registry-backup and then click on Save. This is just for safety reasons, in case something goes wrong you can always import this backup from the same Windows 11 Registry Editor and fix that issue

5. Now, from the left pane of the Registry Editor, go over to the following key

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\

6. Once you are there, right click on CLSID, then click on New, and then Key. This should create a new key below CLSID, name it {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}
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7. Once the key {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2} has been created, right click on it, then click on New, and then Key. This should create a new key, this time below {86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}. Name it InprocServer32

8. Now, click on InprocServer32 and you'll see a Default entry created on the right pane. Double click to open it, then without making any changes click on OK. This should set it's value to blank instead of Value not set
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9. Finally, close the Registry Editor and restart your Windows 11 PC. This time, once you get back to your Windows 11 desktop, simple right click on it and you'll see that the classic Context Menu is back!

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