[Fix] Context Menu Doesn’t Appear When You Right-Click on Start Screen in Windows 8.1
It seems that this problem is going to become the most frequently faced problem by Windows 8.1 users. I have received so many emails from AskVG readers regarding this problem. Let me discuss this problem in details.
This problem occurs when you install recently released Update 1 in Windows 8.1. Most of you must be knowing that Windows 8.1 Update 1 adds new right-click context menu feature to Start Screen. Now whenever you right-click on a tile in Start Screen, you get Windows Explorer style classic context menu instead of the new touch style bottom app bar.
But some Windows 8.1 users have reported that they can't see the new context menu on Start Screen even after upgrading their Windows 8.1 to Update 1. Whenever they right-click on a tile in Start Screen, they find the context menu missing. Since bottom app bar has also been disabled for Desktops and laptops in Update 1, the users can't perform any operation on Start Screen tiles as they don't get context menus and bottom bar.
The problem becomes quite frustrating as you can't pin/unpin/resize any tiles on Start Screen. So what's the reason behind this annoying problem?
The reason behind this problem is use of an incomplete (or incompatible) 3rd party theme aka visual style. Actually all previous Windows 8.1 themes require an update to add functionality of the new context menu on Start Screen.
Many theme developers have not updated their Windows 8.1 themes to match new Update 1, that's why if a Windows 8.1 user uses that incompatible theme after installing Update 1, he don't get the new context menu on Start Screen because the resources to show context menu on Start Screen are missing in that theme's .msstyles file.
Solution is very simple. Just apply default theme using Desktop personalization window and your problem will be solved. As soon as you apply default Windows theme, you'll be able to right-click on Start Screen and get the new context menu.
Or switch to another 3rd party theme which has been updated and supports Windows 8.1 Update 1 as our exclusive AeroVG Ei8ht.1ne theme does.
If you don't want to change your current 3rd party theme, you'll need to wait for an update from theme developer to fix the context menu issue. In the meantime, you can follow the instructions given in following tutorial to get previous bottom app bar on Start Screen:
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