so yesterday the Windows Explorer on my Vista started acting up. Every time I right-click an icon on my desktop or in one of my folders it gives me a fatal error and restarts. I've had this computer for two years now and have never encountered this error before.
Specific Error Text: Fatal Error Windows Explorer cannot open this program because the "Resources" directory or one of its sub-directories is missing. Please try re-installing the software.
My computer Specs:
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (SP2)
Processor: 2.25 GHz quad-core (AMD I believe)
Hard Drives: 2 drives, 144 GB each (one is about half full)
RAM: 3 GB
Video Card: ATI X1250
Programs Normally On: Glary Utilities, Norton Internet Security 2011 (free trial), Hamachi, Windows Live Messenger, and usually Firefox.
What I've tried:
-ShellExView (I disabled all non-microsoft content; did not help)
-Restarting the computer and switching users (had no effect)
-Changing Windows Aero settings (dunno why I tried this, but it didn't work in any case)
-Looking this up online (found almost no information and every instance I found had to do with malware)
-Antivirus scan (has found nothing as of yet, though I will be trying a more detailed scan tonight)
EDIT: Have also tried:
-Safe mode (still the same, so that confirms the theory that it's not a bad driver or something like that)
-Full system AV scan (still nothing apparently, though I have a report saved up if anyone wants to see it)
-System restore (to three days ago, which was before the last update I received, and did not fix things)
By the looks of it, I'll have to somehow re-install Windows Explorer...is that even possible?
Any help will be appreciated!
Edited by boopme, 22 September 2010 - 11:02 PM.