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I'm trying to clean out several unwanted and unused context menus and their elements under Win 10 Pro. I have several context menu editors, but in some cases the info it provides is useless to me because I don't understand how to follow or trace GUIDs in the registry. Here's a general example:

HKCR\CLSID\{fe1290f0-cfbd-11cf-a330-00aa00c16e65}\AllContainers\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{0D45D530-764B-11d0-A1CA-00AA00C16E65}

Can I somehow use either GUID to find the application or other object that it refers to? I'm finding a great many registry entries that contain nothing but a GUID and no CLSID or other info that would help me discover what they are referring to.

Thank you for your knowledge and time!
 

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ShellEx is Shell Extension. IMO, don't mess with any of this. I can't see what you would gain, but I can see things going wrong even if you back up the registry.
 

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ShellEx is Shell Extension. IMO, don't mess with any of this. I can't see what you would gain, but I can see things going wrong even if you back up the registry.
Thanks, Corday. But that GUID was just an arbitrary example, picked at random. I had no wish to alter it. I just wanted to know how to trace any arbitrary GUID back or forward in order to identify what it relates to.
 

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