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    Definitve answer to the dreaded explorer.exe loop?

    Hi everybody i have just spent the weekend reinstalling vista, again. For the second time in a month i have fallen for the dreaded apppcrash1 explorer.exe message and no matter what i tried and read (and i read a lot of stuff. luckily i was able to use the daughters lap top to get online) i could not get the pop up messages off quickly enough to do anything with it. i went into safe mode with networking and it was just a black screen with the words safe mode in each corner just flickering. i did get in in safe mode with cmd prompt and read lots of command line inputs like sfc /scannow and dskchk and system restore but it said there was no restore points on this pc. then i got in by pressing ctrl alt delete and then new task and was able to do a bit more including a system restore but the message just kept reappearing (when i tried system restore from the cmd prompt it said there was no restore points but whilst in through ctrl alt delete new task i was able to go back up to five day, strange) i put the vista installation disc back in and tried to do a repair from that but that did not help. i have a complete backup on a second attached drive but could not get in my machine to be able to run the program to do that. i eventually got onto the net by clicking the message at the bottom of the appcrash message where you can click at the bottom of the message to get more help and info and one message suggested vundofix (i think that's what it was called) i ran that but that found nothing so in the end i had to admit defeat and re-install it again (the thought behind that was that even if i had been able to restore my stuff from my backup might the potential problem still reoccur). so ladies and gentlemen when all seems lost and you spend hours reading, trying and crying what is the definitive answer to recovering from explorer.exe problems. the last time this happened was three weeks ago and after spending again more hours than my backside should ever by subjected to i took it into my pc repair shop and the said they couldn't repair it even with combofix and what ever else they'd tried and just to reinstall vista afresh. (before anyone kindly suggests windows 7 i am on a very tight budget and cannot afford it at the moment)

    sorry this is such a long post but i always think the more things i've tried myself first it doesn't look like i'm a complete noob before requesting help from my more learned friends. any help as always is much appreciated.

    mikey b

    edit: i have just been able to read an older post about a problem i had with rubyw.exe. DocWatson was able to find a page http://www.advancedpctweaker.com/exe...rubyw.exe.html that said one of the annoyances with this program was constant error messages. i'm beginning to wonder whether the two things might have been connected, just a thought.
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    Mikey, I believe the definitive answer is that, it's a computer and there is no definitive answer.

    Often it's best to be happy with a positive result and not try too hard to understand the "Why ???" of the problem. These two events could be related but the value of the answer is probably not worth the research. But.... if the problems resurface, we will have to explore (no pun intended) the possibility.
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    Hi DocWatson, your probably right but since posting i've found out a little more info. one of the programs i was reinstalling called 'private internt access' which is a paid for kinda like a private vpn thing installs rubyw on installation. now i'm not up on all this stuff and i'm not sure exactly what it does but it's something to do with translation or something. anyway i aint touching nothing as all seems quiet on the western front and i don't wish to jinx anything. one big juicy question though. there is a program (don't like naming names in case you think i'm selling the thing, which i ain't. the only reason i mentioned the prog above because it was relavant to the post) that has the ability to password protect an exe file called super exe lock. back to the question. could i password protect explorer.exe so that it would be safe but still functional? if would be no good if i couldn't get back into my system to put the password in to unlock it.

    if you need any more info on this drop me a line or post here and i'll try to clarify things.

    Ta for now

    mikey b

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    To answer your question about password protecting explorer.exe, I don't believe Windows would start without free access to that file since it provides the Window GUI (graphic user interface) that provides access to the file systems. Controlling the computer is possible without Windows Explorer running, from the command prompt, but I'm pretty certain Windows needs it to boot.

    On to SuperLock..... only one thing is really relavant here. The homepage for the program, is blocked by Avast AV. The utility seems to be available elsewhere, but I wouldn't trust it. Just my 2 cents. YMMV.
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    That's for that. It's just i was getting fed up with not being able to get this old beast up and running without having to reinstall it every time i had an explorer.exe problem. and when your desperate you will try anything. so thanks for the head up Doc, much appreciated.

    mikey b

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