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Windows 7 x64 Windows Explorer Explorer.exe Has Stopped Working

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#1 S0lari0


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Posted 15 April 2016 - 01:03 PM

Hi, running Windows 7 x64 SP1 notebook and have recently been getting 'Windows Explorer explorer.exe has stopped working' message more and more frequently, usually every few days now. The notebook hangs when the message comes up, screen blanks then explorer.exe restarts and I can continue working.


I'm wondering if this is a hardware/driver/software issue or something more nefarious. I've scanned with Avast, Malwarebytes and Hitman Pro with nothing found and I also followed a guide to check and remove registry entries from potentially corrupted shellex menus. I only removed one pertaining to 7-Zip and that was today so I probably won't know right away if this has any affect on the Windows Explorer crashing problem.


Any assistance is appreciated, thanks!

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 07:00 AM

Try this free software:  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html

Disable all non-Windows shell extensions, then reboot and see if that helps.


If it doesn't help, then let's try looking at these reports:

1)  Please run this report collecting tool (even though you may not be reporting BSOD's) so we can provide a complete analysis:  http://omgdebugging.com/bsod-inspector/
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FYI - If we're looking for Event ID 41 errors (unexplained shutdowns), there's more info on that here:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028504

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 02:16 PM

Hi usasma, thanks for replying and your assistance.


I ran Shexview and disabled the following non-Windows shell extensions:


AMD Desktop Control Panel
Avast Antivirus
Avast Antivirus
ContextH Application
Intel® Common User Interface
LastPass Toolbar
Logitech SetPoint
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
PowerISO Shell Dynamic Link Library


Upon shutdown, I had the following:


(Waiting for) Task Host Window


Task Host is executing shutdown tasks and stopping tasks that are already running


I had to force restart but subsequent reboots have been fine and haven't experienced the explorer.exe stopping issue yet but it's only been a few hours and usually only appears every few days.


I have yet to run the BSOD analysis...


Thanks again for your assistance.

Edited by S0lari0, 16 April 2016 - 02:17 PM.

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