In Windows 11, right-clicking a file in File Explorer brings up a context different menu than in previous versions.

The new version is really great for people who want to pin everything to their Quick Access menu:

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But if you want to do anything more useful than that, you'll need to click the bottom option to "Show More Options," which then brings up the "classic" context menu?

Is there any way to disable this so I can just get the normal context menu on the first click? I've followed the instructions here, but neither worked.

  • Cut, Copy, Rename and Delete are at the top -- I thought I'd point it out since it's easy to miss
    – glibg10b
    Oct 1 at 10:02

Explorer Patcher currently includes the options to use either Windows 11 context menus, Windows 10 (immersive) context menus or pre-Windows 10 (classic) context menus.

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  1. Open the File Explorer. You can do it through the Start menu or by pressing Win + E.

  2. Here, click on the three-dot menu at the top.

  3. Select Options from the menu.

  4. Once the dialog box appears, switch to the View tab.

  5. Then, scroll down and enable Launch folder windows in a separate process under Advanced Settings.

  6. Click on Apply and then OK.

  7. Restart the computer even though it is not mandatory.

  8. Right-click anywhere. You’ll see the old Windows 10-style context menu.


This method may still work (although unknown for how long):

  • Run regedit
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • Create a new item of type DWORD (32-bit) named SeparateProcess (if it doesn't already exist)
  • Set its value to 1
  • Restart the computer.

You need to use this registry file/code and restart your PC

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00







Note: Before doing this you should backup the key you are modifying by either saving it as a reg file (Not recommended) or By creating a system restore point(Recommended)

  • Update (July 17): It is no longer working after updating to Windows 11 Insider preview 22000.71 update. Microsoft seems to have blocked the ways to get the old context menu. gadgetstouse.com/blog/2021/07/16/…
    – Robert
    Sep 27 at 6:05

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