by items of the Windows update nature (resolved in spite of lots of wrong/useless advice from Microsoft!).
Items 2, 3, 4, and 5 from that thread still occur, though infrequently. However, loss of documents in progress is not a pleasant experience, so I'm seeking help again.
I'd like to start over on the windows explorer issue. I've been watching it.
There are two ways I get in trouble
1. I'm navigating through explorer and it suddenly closes up and says "sorry...encountered a problem...has to close".
2. I close one of several explorer windows, and it runs off to DrWatson job, closes all explorer instances, or multiplies them all over the screen adds several DrWatson instances to tasks list and utilization goes way up.
I noticed that it only happens when either a flash drive (E:) or hard disk external (F:) or both are/were in use. Never (can't prove never) when other drives are not in the picture.
It hasn't happened before let's say sometimes in the summer. And I always had discontinuous drive designations without trouble (C,D,E,F,K,U,Z) before then.
Any ideas where else to look? So far none of the M$ kb articles helped.
Windows XP home, SP2, patched except for yesterday's patches, Zone Alarm Security Suite, Pest Patrol.
Edited by tos226, 11 October 2006 - 09:48 PM.