troubleshooting Question

Registry key for Explorer context menu controlling drives

Avatar of ddantes
ddantesFlag for United States of America asked on
Operating SystemsWindows OSWindows 7
7 Comments1 Solution184 ViewsLast Modified:
Recently I uninstalled dozens of applications, which were no longer needed, from my Windows 7 Professional SP-1 32-bit desktop, and used Registry First Aid to delete erroneous registry entries afterwards.  Since then, the context menu for two CD/DVD drives, one internal SATA REV drive, and an external USB REV drive is missing the 'Format...' option.  Using Disc Manager, there is no longer an option to format those drives.  An external USB thumb drive still has the format option on right click.  I have tried multiple approaches to fixing this, including ejecting and re-connecting USB devices and running SFC.  Other Windows operating systems on the same desktop still have the format option for those drives.  Eventually I restored a disc image which was made before the changes which I mentioned, and now the format option is again appearing.  If I knew which registry key(s) create that format option, I'd prefer to restore the disc to its recent state (without the obsolete applications) and just fix the context menu for drives with removable storage.
Log in to continue reading
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform for $9.99/mo
View membership options
Unlock 1 Answer and 7 Comments.
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
See how we're fighting big data
The Value of Experts Exchange in My Daily IT Life

Experts Exchange (EE) has become my company's go-to resource to get answers. I've used EE to make decisions, solve problems and even save customers. OutagesIO has been a challenging project and... Keep reading >>


Owner of Outages.IO
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Member Since 2016
Join a full scale community that combines the best parts of other tools into one platform.
Unlock 1 Answer and 7 Comments.
View membership options
“All of life is about relationships, and EE has made a virtual community a real community. It lifts everyone's boat.”
William Peck

Member since 2004