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  1. New Lounger
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    How to repair a corrupt windows explorer?

    I have a older Dell computer running XP Home and no XP Disk and
    windows explorer has become corrupt and I can not view my files
    and when I try it locks up my computer. My other programs work
    OK. I assume there is a hidden partition with these files but I don't
    know how to access or go about trying to repair windows explorer.
    Most of searches I've found say to use a XP disk. I do have a friend
    who has a XP pro disk will this work on a home installation? Any
    suggestion would be appreciated.

    Jerry

    PS I downloaded a program called Explorer ++ and I can access my
    files so I'm sure it windows explorer that is corrupt.

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    Probably a XP repair install could be in order, but you will need an XP disk of the version you're using.

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    Do you have an antivirus and antimalware program & have you run them?
    Do you have any idea how windows explorer became unusable?
    Does the inability to use windows explorer persist even after a system reboot?
    What service pack version of Windows XP do you have?
    Also note the exact make and model of your Dell.
    OK. I assume there is a hidden partition with these files but I don't
    know how to access or go about trying to repair windows explorer.
    Type "diskmgmt.msc" without the quotes into the run box. This will bring up a graphical
    representation of your hard drive's partitions. See if you can paste an image here for us to see.
    Type " eventvwr.msc" without the quotes into the run box. This will bring up the event veiwer.
    Attempt to locate any errors related to the windows explorer shell.



    How to Fix Explorer.exe Problem In Windows XP When Taskbar Disappears
    EXPLORER.EXE corrupted or infected
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2011-02-14 at 19:43.

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    Just one other note as I'm trying your suggestions, I had two other old user accounts
    I had set up and I checked them and windows explorer worked in them. The only other
    thing I could think of was (fast-browser-search-toolbar) showed up right about time I
    started having problems and I'm trying to get rid of it, so maybe that is problem. I'll keep
    trying, thanks for tips.

    Jerry

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    A Google search for this toolbar shows some removal methods. This points out the need for carefully reading all entries when you are installing any freeware. Quite often these various toolbars come packaged with free apps and you must opt out or you will get the added toolbar you don't want or need. These toolbars do not just appear.
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    Try this...depending on exactly what's wrong with your IE...maybe a 50-50 chance..

    Control Panel > Add Remove...on the left side of this screen are 4 icons...one of them is labled Add/REmove Windows Components...open this...

    Scroll thru this window to Internet Explorer...UNcheck the box...ok, ok etc...

    Reboot...

    Now go back to Add Remove and REVERSE the process...CHECK the box forAdd/Remove Windows Components...

    First it will uninstall IE...after the reboot, you are re-installing it again...

    This process has limited use...I;ve used to fix IE a few times...
    So, mileage will vary...
    Good luck...

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    Also dowload and run Malwarebytes .

    Jerry

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    Misread topic of post

    Poster asked about WINDOWS EXPLORER, not INTERNET EXPLORER.
    The former, also known as 'MyComputer', is by far the most-used applet on most machines, for the best of reasons: it is functional and utilitarian; the latter, by contrast, is at best a controversial, problem-plagued excrescence of historical and much-deserved BAD REP.
    Poster might be well advised to try typing 'sfc/scannow' into the RUN box to have windows verify, and if necessary restore many system files.

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