How to restore the classic context menu in Windows 11

One of the strangest moves Microsoft made with Windows 11 is the removal of the classic context menus. He replaced them with menus that have a more modern design, but they don’t contain all the original options anymore. To access these, you need to click the More options command. Is there a way to remove the new menus and let the classic menus appear by default? Yes, and in this article we will tell you how to do it.

Restore the Windows 10 context menus in Windows 11

Before we begin, we should warn you that this method involves using the Windows-Registry requires. If you follow the steps in this guide to the letter, you shouldn’t have any problems. However, just in case, you should create a restore point or backup your data.

With that settled, it’s time to get started. Open the Run-Dialog with the key combination Windows + R

Open the registryOpen the registry

Once you have opened the registry, go to the following path:


Now right click on the CLSID key, place the cursor on New and choose Key.

Create the new keyCreate the new key

The new key is nested within the CLSID. Rename it like this:


Newly renamed keyNewly renamed key

Repeat the process, but this time for a key called InprocServer32 within the newly created key, i.e. the {86ca1aa0-34aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}. The keys should look identical to what you see in the attached screenshot.

Embedded KeyEmbedded Key

When the key structure is created, click InprocServer32. Inside you will see a value called Default. Double click on it.

Open defaultOpen default

Make sure the data field Value data is empty and click OK.

Store value without contentStore value without content

Notice that the message (value not set) has now disappeared.

Message about undefined value disabledMessage about undefined value disabled

Close the registry and restart the computer. Then check whether all context menus that appear in the system correspond to the Windows 10 version.

Classic standard menuClassic standard menu

This way you can access all commands without the command More options having to click. Please note that this trick worked at the time of writing. However, there is always the possibility that Microsoft will disable this feature in a system updatet.

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