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When I right click on start(bottom left) the Open and Explorer are greyed out, I have to go thru Windows to open them, I suspect that i installed Tweak ui and that  it is the culpit some how, I restore my register to before installing , did'nt change anything. Can someone help ? Also in the menu I see an item : open with iphoto plus Explorer. No such program on my computer. How to remove ? Jaro
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I copied this from some magazine (probably Pc Magazine or Windows Magazine, can't remember which):

Why can't I Explore From the Start Button?
After my upgrade to Windows 98, right-clicking the Start button gives me grayed-out Explore and Open options, robbing me of the easiest and most convenient ways to edit the Start menu. How do I get them back?
Sam Wood, Richland, Washington
For reasons that may forever remain buried deep within Microsoft, Windows 98 turns off these options if you've used Tweak UI (a free Microsoft download) to hide drives from the My Computer window. Windows 95 does no such thing. Consequently, if you hide drives in Windows 95 and then upgrade to Windows 98, those options are suddenly gone.
The easiest way to fix the problem is to use Tweak UI to show the hidden drives. But use the version of Tweak UI in the \tools\reskit\powertoy folder of the Windows 98 CD-ROM. To install it, right-click tweakui.inf and select Install.
Once you've installed the program, select Start, Settings, Control Panel and double-click Tweak UI. Then click the My Computer tab. Scroll through the list of drives, checking any that are currently unchecked. Don't worry--Windows will still display only the drives you actually have. When you're finished, click Close and reboot your computer.
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Which menu are you talking about when you say "Also in the menu I see an item : open with iphoto plus Explorer." If you're talking about the right click menu on the Start button, perhaps this free Pc magazine utility will be of help:

http://www.pcmag.com/article/0,,s%3D1478%26a%3D6623,00.asp

Context Edit

Prune Your Context Menus

By Gregory A. Wolking  
 
 
 



Windows Explorer's context menus can be very handy. Right-click on a file or selected group of files, and you get a menu of commands relevant to your selection. As you install more programs, however, these menus can become cluttered with commands you seldom use. Explorer's View | Options | File Types mechanism provides only limited control over your context menus. This issue's utility, ContextEdit, offers much more.

The items on a context menu come from one of two places: shell commands stored within the system Registry, or context menu handlers. The type of technology used to add the command is generally transparent to the end user, butdoes make a difference. Windows Explorer lets you add or remove Registry-based shell commands, but provides no control at all over context menu handlers. ContextEdit lets you control both types of context menu items and adds other features as well. It lets you disable context menu items without removing them. You can also add shell commands to all files regardless of type, or to files without associated programs. ContextEdit also gives you access to Windows 3.x-style file associations, and it can repair certain types of file association errors.
 

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Thank you, it worked perfectly for the first item, the other one, nodice, but it don't seem to cause any problem. I though that it was the fact that caused the greyed items.
Jacques
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