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Unregister a shell extension without killing Explorer

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Using a couple of examples on I've create a nice little
shell extension (adds some custom menus for proprietary file types).
Everything is working fine, except I can't get it to unregistry
completely itself without killing explorer.

I call UnregisterAssembly and even manually remove all references to it
from the registry, this prevents the menus appearing which is good and
right. But I still can not actually delete (or more importantly
update) the actually exe/dll without killing explorer.

All the web sites I've seen give the impression that it is impossible
to completely free up the exe/dll without killing explorer, but that
isn't really an option in my case.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

Oct 24 '05 #1
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Make sure you check the "Launch folder windows in a separate process"
option in Explorer's Folder Options dialog. That way you should only
ahve to close the explorer windows that you've opened since the
extension was last registered.

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Oct 25 '05 #2

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