[FIX] WinRAR Causes Wide Context Menu Problem in Windows

Its a known issue in Windows XP and later. I received lots of mails about this problem. Sometimes people call it a bug in Windows and sometimes a virus problem. But the truth is, its a compatibility issue between WinRAR and Windows.

Recently a visitor "Blu" contacted me about the same issue. He was using Windows 7. Whenever he right-clicks on a file/folder in Explorer, he gets a very wide context menu as shown in following screenshot:

If you are also facing this problem, follow these simple steps to fix the problem:

1. Open WinRAR and go to "Options -> Settings...".

2. Now click on "Integration" tab.

3. In "Shell integration" section, try following things to fix the problem:

  • Disable "Icons in context menu" option and click on OK button.
  • If the above trick doesn't work, then enable "Cascaded context menus" option.
  • If none of the above 2 options works, then remove the context menu entry by disabling "Integrate WinRAR into shell" option.


4. After following 3rd step, your problem will be solved.

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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  • still not working.......keep getting this Cannot execute "C:\Users\PERSONAL PC\Desktop\Attachments_2015526\WINTEST.EXE"

  • You don't need to disable "Integrate WinRAR into shell" option.
    Just click on the "Context menu items" button, and disable:
    - Add to archive...
    - Add to (archive name)
    - Compress to (archive name) and email
    - Compress and email...
    That's all!

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