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    Uranium Lounger
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    EXPLORER.EXE Blows Up When Viewing "My Computer"

    This is a new one for me.

    After many blissful months of trouble free operation, my PC has been subjected to numerous (ill-planned and poorly executed) security changes - some to the file system, some to user rights. Exactly what was changed, I will never be privy to - no matter. All I know is that my once fine here, my fellow PC haters... <img src=/S/eyeout.gif border=0 alt=eyeout width=15 height=15>install is now going down the <img src=/S/toilet.gif border=0 alt=toilet width=15 height=17>

    I've managed to clean almost all of the problems up except for this very nasty one that began when my user profile was re-created. I dumped all of my documents into the new one and told Windows to copy the user profile in the System tab, and now....

    Pressing Win+E on the keyboard: Explorer.exe has generated errors and will be shut down. <img src=/S/mad.gif border=0 alt=mad width=15 height=15>

    Open Explorer manually, and it's fine until you select "My Computer" on the left hand side, and then...Explorer.exe has generated errors and will be shut down. <img src=/S/scream.gif border=0 alt=scream width=15 height=15>

    Only My Computer does this. I can't imagine why it <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=[censored] border=0> itself instead of giving me an access denied if it's a rights or access issue. And I'm really gunning for ideas here....anyone got one, no matter how crazy, that I can pursue?

    Cheers,
    -Mark

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    Re: EXPLORER.EXE Blows Up When Viewing

    Does it happen when logged in as another user?
    I've never been comfortable with copying profiles ever since I tried it once on NT4 and then deleted the original. Probably hadn't used the correct method, but of course all the links were simply shortcuts to the original profile...

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    Re: EXPLORER.EXE Blows Up When Viewing

    No, other users don't have that problem....in fact, I believe other users now don't even have view access to the C: drive. Administrator appears to have no issues whatsoever. So it most definitely is a rights issue of some kind.

    I seem to recall that there was a tool in the NT 4 Resource Kit that would reset the ACLs - does anyone know if a) this is correct or I'm off my rocker, or [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] if there is an equivalent tool in the 2000 Resource Kit?

    Mucho Gracias to leif for responding so quickly!
    -Mark

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    Re: EXPLORER.EXE Blows Up When Viewing

    There's this:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q223/4/41.ASP>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - Q223441</A>:
    How to Reset ACL Inheritance in the Windows 2000 File System

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    Re: EXPLORER.EXE Blows Up When Viewing

    Leif - you rock! Now I can cross every finger, toe, my eyes and tongue and hope like mad that this works....

    Thanks for the heads up!
    -Mark

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