Well actually it wasn't this ! It worked once then not anymore (!??).
Still my problem seems to be fixed with following solution : right click 3ds icon, scroll to properties, go to compatibility tab, and check on the disable visual styles button. was found on http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/18/856830
btw the menu is more often called 'application menu'. Just writing it to help other googlers like me
I am having a similar problem with 3ds Max crashing. The trigger is almost certainly to do with the application menu. Once I open the menu and try to "open" or "save as" 3ds Max stops responding. I don't get an error message, it simply freezes up. I tried the method of going into the application's properties>compatability>"disable visual styles" to no avail, because A: the check boxes under "settings" are not selectable, and B: there is no "disable visual styles" option (There is howevever, a "disable visual themes" checkbox).
This problem has got me stumped - if it helps, I am running Windows 7.
Any assistance would be appreciated.
Try to fix system components by running from the console “sfc /scannow” command. In normal max should not crash on menu open an any PC.
+ update you videocard driver
For Aero switching you can create text file and rename it to .BAT (or .CMD), like, "aero_switch.bat"
Here is file content:
sc interrogate uxsms | find "1062"
if %errorlevel%==0 goto :sc_start
sc stop uxsms
sc start uxsms
I've tried the method suggested through the console and it couldn't find anything wrong.
I'm also using a student version of 3ds Max 2011, if that makes a difference. I was able to use Max for a few weeks, no problem. Then, I suddenly had this crashing issue. I suspect it may have something to do with recent Microsoft updates.
Try to install latest DirectX, using dxwebsetup.exe
I dont know, what else can help you. Or there system components corrupt, or drivers mismatching, or 3dsmax corrupted and need clean installation.
Ok, I've tried downloading the latest version of Directx, and I've updated my graphics card driver. The problem still persists.
I've tried downloading another copy of 3ds Max (2011 and 2012) for the past 2 weeks, but the download "finishes" before it gets all the data. For example, 3ds Max 2012 is around 3 Gb. I'll go through the download process and only get a 2.7 Gb installation file. I'll try to install and, of course, it won't happen (something about currupt files) and tell me I need to download a fresh copy. I've tried downloading the software through different computers on different networks and still came up with the same result.
Has anyone else had an issue with downloading 3ds Max?