How do I disable the context menu for the Start button?

A. The context menu if displayed when you right click on an object. If you right click on the Start button you get options to start explorer, find etc. To disable this perform the following:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
  3. Delete the keys under this, for example DosHere, find
  4. Move to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell
  5. Delete the keys under this, for example explore, open

Right clicking on Start will now have removed these options.

To disable the context menu entirely perform the following

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  3. From the Edit menu select New - DWORD Value
  4. Enter a name of NoTrayContextMenu and press Enter
  5. Double click the new value and set to 1.

To re-enable the Context menu you would set to 0. Logout and in again for this to take effect.


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