I first tried using a utility to disable and re-enable all non-Microsoft shell extensions, which seemed to work for a while. Then explorer started refusing to respond to that little workaround, and went back to crashing nonstop. After deciding explorer was giving me more trouble than it was worth, I decided to just replace the shell entirely with Emerge Desktop. But now it seems the problem is a deeper one. Emerge uses separate applets to replace the standard explorer items, a "Taskbar" applet, a "Start" applet, and clock and system tray applets. The problem is with the System Tray it seems. Drwatson keeps telling me that "EmergeTray.exe has generated errors and will be closed...", leaving me with a taskbar, start, a clock and no tray icons. So now I figure that something in the system tray is causing the problem that I originally saw crashing my explorer.exe.
I have no idea where to go from here, so I hoped someone here might be able to help me. How can I determine if the system tray has something wrong? I've checked the log created by Drwatson, and the most recent exceptions were access violations, originally connected to explorer.exe, they have followed me to Emergetray.exe.
Edited by Zell65, 13 May 2011 - 08:15 AM.