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    my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

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    my lappy wants to re-start windows explorer randomly and excessively. not completely re-starting (re-booting) just windows explorer

    tool bar, icons and clock freeze then it says "stopped working" waiting... restart...

    running Vista ......

    seems to not like *adobe PDF and internet open?

    when it restarts the volume icon and a few others disappear...

    i would like to hit it with a hammer but not sure that will work...

    have run spy ware scans avg scans etc but does not seem to be any crap hiding in there...

    what should i do as it is hard to do some work when it keeps re-starting.... >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( :( :( :( :(

    help....




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    Re: my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

    what did you change since the computer was last working properly? Upgraded or installed any s/w or h/w?


    Something to try is a system restore. To launch System restore, just type system restore in the start search area at the bottom of the start menu. Then choose a restore point at a time when it was known to run properly.

    You wont lose any docs you have created since then but anything installed since then will be lost. Good idea to back up anything important anyway.

    Could also be a memory or motherboard fault.


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    Re: my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

    Try *comboFix it is quite good....

    Have used it and another to get me out of trouble a few times..

    Problem is I can not find the other app... Been a while....

    Malwarebytes and SDFix - But i dont know if SDfix was ever for Vista etc..

    I also use Trend Micro HijackThis to look for crap that often gets added as part of "OTHER" Installs.

    There was once a trend to provide some good software but you had to accept some other crap as well. Problem was when you ditched the other crap, the good software would no longer work :o

    Have also seen this with corrupted IE and BHO entries and other search menus that also mod explorer...





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    Re: my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

    You could try pressing alt with one of the Windows Explorer windows open to bring up the menu, then select Tools | Folder Options and click the view tab.

    Untick Show preview handlers in the preview pane, Display file icons on thumbnails and click to tick Launch folder windows in a separate process.

    I wouldnt recommend keeping the Launch folder windows in a separate process on but it can help find out which folder or what action is causing the crash.

    You might also want to change to a non-Aero theme to check to see if its a problem with hardware or corruption somewhere.

    This might help track down what is causing the issue. *But a system restore or in-place upgrade (what Microsoft call a re-install over the top of the existing version of Windows which jsut refreshes key system files and the registry - ie repair) should hopefully sort it out.

    Using something like CCleaner or Glary Utilities to fix registry problems might also help.

    That said Windows 7 is very worth upgrading to if thats an option, since Vista is fairly sluggish and annoying anyway.

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    Re: my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

    Vista is known for being unstable. I once installing it to use for my university homework and I found it to be too unstable for my use so I went back to Windows XP at the time. Windows 7 is more stable than Windows Vista.

    For now I recommend you backup your files. Then either do a clean install of Windows Vista or just buy a copy of Windows 7.

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    Re: my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

    thanks all

    i have run a few scanner and fixed some reg issues but still doing it

    another week and it might get a full wipe and re-install....

    there is so much crap on this machine

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    Re: my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

    Have you done your system restore yet as Flynn suggested?

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    Re: my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

    no cant risk it till end next week....

    famous last words, goes to get mem stick :)

    oh and last sys restore was like never.... I had a laugh...

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    Re: my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

    Vista can be stable, however it takes a lot of messing around to get it there. It bogs down after prolonged usage more so that Windows XP and especially compared to Windows 7 - which only seems to be sluggish with startup/login and displaying folders with lots of items.

    If you dont constantly feed Vista attention though it just deteriorates. *Thats been my experience with it ever since the first MSDN beta of Longhorn/Vista. They did some awesome work on the internals which are present in Windows 7 but no care was made to make things responsive or tuned so that what the user saw matched the potential of the system.

    Depending on what software you use and if it detects all your hardware properly, Ubuntu might be a good option as it hardly bogs down at all but has a bit of a learning curve if you are only familiar with Windows. *That being said its free and you can either test it out without installing or install it within your Windows partition with Wubi if you want to try it out before committing or sticking with Windows.

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    Re: my computer crashes windows explorer (not int exp....) WHY :(

    Quote Originally Posted by 2E222B26262F430 link=1289621994/7#7 date=1289710775
    no cant risk it till *end next *week....

    famous last words, goes to get mem stick :)

    oh and last sys restore was like never.... I had a laugh...
    Ok.
    When you get around to it, back up all the info to your stick, then conduct the system restore to the time when everything was going well.
    Do the anti virus and anti spyware scans when restored before putting back the back up info in.
    When re-installed, run scans second time and get rid of any tool bars and anything you dont need. The less clutter you have, then better it will run.
    If the problem still persists after that, then it may be the pc malfunctioning, motherboard perhaps. If you,re not competent in handling repairs then a technician may be called for.You may have to re-install, Windows 7 or XP recommended.



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