Playing with the context menu

Posted on 2004-08-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I know that it is possible to replace windows msgina.dll(for ctl+alt+del) with one's own dll(for eg. to disable ctl+alt+del ).
On similar lines, is it possible to replace the windows format dialog box with one's own custom format dialog? Or is it at least possible to disable the format option (which comes when we try formatting a drive, using right click context menu)

Thanks & Regards,
Question by:swatiait
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You might want to take a look at these two:

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I have found the answer to this question..........there are API's available in the SDK to disable and even delete right click context menu items.

Thnks & Rgds,

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