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Hello...

WinXP Home machine stopped normal functions recently.

When I right click anything in windows the system hangs. I either have to logoff/back on to resolve the hang, or play the fun game of stopping explorer.exe. I can right click in applications (e.g. Outlook) without problems. But right clicking on anything in Windows Explorer, Desktop, etc. causes the hangup.

I have scanned the pc for viruses. All normal functions of the pc seem to be unaffected (other than right clicking on objects).

It is a rather vague problem, so searching MS's KB is rather futile. Anyone out there have any advice, or can point me in a place to start researching the problem?

Thanks up front,

Jim
 

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I removed Microsoft's hot fix KB821557 my right click problem did not go away
I have noticed in the event log
Error messages like

Object Open:
Object Server: Security
Object Type: Mutant
Object Name: \BaseNamedObjects\RasPbFile
Handle ID: -
Operation ID: {0,499627}
Process ID: 2984
Image File Name: C:\Program Files\Internet Explore
Object Type: Desktop
Object Name: \Disconnect
Handle ID: -
Operation ID: {0,436305}
Process ID: 1964
Image File Name: C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe
Primary User Name: Mark
Primary Domain: TTT
Primary Logon ID: (0x0,0x17CDD)
Client User Name: -
Client Domain: -
Client Logon ID: -
Accesses: Read Objects
Include this desktop in enumerations
Write objects

Privileges: -
Restricted Sid Count: 0

I have tried setting permissions with winobj (I am administrator)
but the changes do not take.

My son's Home edition of XP has the same problem as my XP pro version.
I have searched for Hours on MS site nothing.

My problem only occurs while right clicking on the root of any drive local or mapped. Folder are ok.
 

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We boldly go where I have not gone before...

I have used some of my best resources, and the best I can tell you is, you problem has something to with your security settings, specifically your "named objects" auditing file.

I have Googled,Yahoo'ed, Tech Net'ed, etc, and I get stuff that might as well have been in German (and a lot of it was).

Maybe, if you go to security, you can follow this little lead. Obviously, both your and your son's boxes are configured the same way.

Sorry I couldn't give you Step1, 2, 3...
 

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I have found that some simple cleaning process will either eliminate the problem or lessen the freez up.
1) try disk cleanup on C: drive
2) run disk defrag
3) run disk error checking
 

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I had a similar problem and came across this post. The problem with mine was something to do with Roxio EasyCD creator 5 - setting the system to the restore point just before this fixed the problem. Hopefully this might help someone else in the future.

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I ran across this problem in about 12 other forums. I wanted to share my solution there (don't know if it is the answer for everybody, but I hope so), but some of these forums make you jump thru so many hoops, just to register and post! Jeez.. Anyway, I checked my right-click context menu, and there was my old friend (drumroll please) SpySweeper. As soon as I chucked this *astard into "remove programs" hell, all was well again. I had this problem for two weeks now, god it feels good to be able to right-click again! :exclaim: :cool:
 
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