NOTE: Are there any rules against individuals starting multiple threads? I have another open case for my other computer (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/615349/windows-explorer-crashing/). I don't want to drain Bleepingcomputer's resources too much at one time, so please let me know if I've broken the forum rules by posting a second request for help, and I will delete this thread until my other issue is resolved.
My computer has been having some significant issues over the past couple of weeks. I suspect they are all related, but I'm not sure.
Each of the following causes Windows Explorer to crash:
*** Trying to access "My Computer" in any way
*** Right-clicking on any program or any folder. I can right-click within programs, but not to access/open programs or folders.
*** Trying to run applications like "cmd" or "msconfig" by searching for them and then selecting them from the list of programs the search finds. Other programs - like Steam or Skype - open fine this way. I am able to access cmd, msconfig, and the like by opening the "Run" dialogue box using the Windows key + r, but not otherwise.
I don't get an error number or report (at least that I am aware of) when Windows Explorer crashes. I just get a pop-up window that says "Windows Explorer has stopped working. Windows is searching for a problem." Then, the screen goes blank (with the exception of my desktop wallpaper), and then Windows Explorer restarts.
I am running Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit SP1 on an ASUS G53S. If it's helpful, I ran Speccy. Here's the link to my system details: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/1fHQ2LtyKetDmDBeCKrTPR6.
Any help would be much, much appreciated. Thanks for your time.