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explorer.exe crashes everytime i open folder

by MBallentine33 / January 22, 2008 11:07 AM PST

I download videos all the time and every time i open my video folder explorer.exe crashes and ive swept my computer for viruses plenty of times and spyware i do it all the time and my anit-virus scans every file automatically everytime i download one. anyone else have this problem or know how to fix it. its really annoying.

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Corrupt (according to ms) images or files.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2008 11:21 AM PST
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Thank you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 12:05 AM PST
In reply to: Soln

I'm aware of unregistering that dll but many don't like how it turns off the image previews. There is no sign that Microsoft will fix this one.

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by devil_himself / January 23, 2008 12:27 AM PST
In reply to: Thank you.

Or Change The "Folder View" To Something Else Other Than "Thumbnail"

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(NT) Tried that. Still crashed until unregistering the dll.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 1:08 AM PST
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tried that
by MBallentine33 / February 3, 2008 11:53 AM PST
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i have it set to list and it still does it

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2008 10:36 PM PST
In reply to: tried that

You need to find another file browser or learn command line skills.

DO NOT TAKE IT TO MOST SHOPS as their solution is to wipe the drive and reload. If you want your files you only need to work a little harder.


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You might try ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 4, 2008 12:28 PM PST
In reply to: tried that

downloading the venerable old Windows File Manager which was still available in NT 4.0.

It doesn't handle right click context menus but all the usual selections for managing files and folders are available in the menu bar. For Windows XP Home File Manager has an additional benefit - it has a security menu that allows you (logged on with Admin account) to set permissions, take ownership etc. without having to go into Safe Mode and log in as ADMINISTRATOR.

Kelly's Corner used to have it available for download but the link appears broken. You can still get the 32 bit file manager executable (winfile.exe) from Windows NT 4.0 which works well with XP. It's contained in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a (sp6i386.exe -- 34 meg), which can be downloaded for free at Microsoft.

Once you have downloaded the NT 4 Service Pack, make sure it is to a location that is either in your path or that you can navigate to from a command prompt because you DO NOT want to double click the file! Open a command prompt, navigate to the directory containing the file and enter the command sp6i386.exe /X . This is necessary in order to extract the files in the service pack rather than to install the service pack and will open a Window prompting you to enter a directory where to extract all files of the Service Pack without installing them. When you are done extracting the files, copy winfile.exe to a working directory.

If that is too complicated you can get it from here: Tells all about it. Is a direct link to the installation executable. I did verify that the WINFILE.ORI (located within the zipped file within the executable fmnt.exe) is the same size and MD5 sum as the Winfile.exe on my NT4 Installation CD.

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did you ever fix this?
by BGDAKID / August 18, 2010 3:26 AM PDT

Did you ever find a solution to this issue? I am having the same issue right now.

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You can fix this problem by uninstalling codec pack
by Abhisheh91 / January 18, 2013 4:30 AM PST
In reply to: did you ever fix this?

Hi !

If you have any codec pack installed in your system then remove all of them and all your problem would be solved.

Hope That Helps!

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By the way. Notice this is still an answer a decade+ ?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 18, 2013 7:30 AM PST

It sure seems that MSFT has had enough time to fix this.

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