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    More XP Explorer Troubles (XP)

    People,

    I've always preferred to use Windows Explorer as my directory of choice, but it doesn't seem to work so hot in XP [I'm talking here about the main program . . . as opposed to Start Menu Explorer options (e.g., My Documents, My Computer, etc.)]

    But those Start Menu Explorer options seem to be crash proof, as opposed to Windows Explorer itself, which is crash prone.

    Below is a list of Application Errors, as taken from my Dr. Watson Log File:

    Application exception occurred:
    App: C:WINDOWSExplorer.EXE (pid=1216)
    When: 9/15/2003 @ 20:11:56.218
    Exception number: c0000005 (access violation)

    Application exception occurred:
    App: C:WINDOWSexplorer.exe (pid=2072)
    When: 9/16/2003 @ 18:02:20.250
    Exception number: 80000007

    Application exception occurred:
    App: C:WINDOWSexplorer.exe (pid=2368)
    When: 9/18/2003 @ 22:33:28.984
    Exception number: c0000005 (access violation)

    My questions are:

    What's the difference between Windows Explorer itself; & the Start Menu Explorer options . . .

    . . . why do the Start Menu Explorer options work better . . .

    . . . & how do I keep Windows Explorer itself from crashing?

    Thanks much,

    mark4man
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    Re: More XP Explorer Troubles (XP)

    Explorer.exe stands for two related but different things:
    - It is the basic process that "runs" Windows. If you open the Processes tab of the Task Manager, you will see that Explorer.exe is always active, even if you have no instance of My Computer, My Documents, Windows Explorer etc. open. This process crashes sometimes, but in most cases it restarts itself automatically and silently. In the rare cases it doesn't, you computer "hangs".
    - It is the interface to display drives, folders and files. There is no essential difference between opening the My Computer icon on the desktop and opening Windows Explorer another way, it's just a matter of showing the folder tree in the left hand pane or not.

    If your Explorer windows often crash, there must be some kind of problem on your PC, but it is hard to say what causes it. Access violation is a very general error message.

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    Re: More XP Explorer Troubles (XP)

    Mark,

    Do you have the XP SP1 service pack installed? Latest Windows updates?
    Also, try running sfc /scannow, from start> run to check your system files. Be ready to have your XP CD in your CD drive, it will probably ask for it.
    As Hans said there shouldn't be any big difference in running explorer from the start menu.

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    Re: More XP Explorer Troubles (XP)

    HansV & viking33,

    Turned out to be this:

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    Error Message: Explorer.exe Has Generated Errors and Will Be Closed by Windows:

    This article applies to
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