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Explorer Crash w/ video files

When i play/single click some video files (Xvid) explorer crashes, while its trying to build the thumbnail. These files are not in the my documents folder and can be played through one program that i have (VideoLAN)but most programs ie win media player cant play it.


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Re:Explorer Crash w/ video files

It's widely reported. You'll have to complain to the CODEC author.

In the meantime, try latest video and audio drivers.

There will be no fix from Microsoft on this one.


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Re:Explorer Crash w/ video files

I'd bet good money the problem is you don't have the Xvid codec installed. VideoLAN comes with it's own self-contained set of codecs which is why you can it can play the files but not WMP.

Just grab a copy of the latest ffshow ( ) and everything should be fine. It can decode damn near anything, including Xvid.

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Re:Explorer Crash w/ video files

I'm having similar problems to the first poster in this thread. Quite a number of vid files cause Windows Explorer to crash by simply selecting them. I haven't identified any pattern as to a common file format amongst them. They can be avi, mpg, wmv, or whatever. WMP CAN play at least some of them. Again, I haven't identified a commonality for exceptions.

I did actually at one time try ffshow, but Windows developed a number of other problems, like spontaneous restarts. Removing ffshow resolved all of those. Seems to me that it's pretty buggy.

Any other ideas?

Cheers, woggie

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Re:Explorer Crash w/ video files


You could try the DivX Player, it is free from

It comes bundled with most of the common codecs. DivX was designed to play .avi files, but the codecs it supplies allow other media players, eg WMP to play different file types as well.

If any of your movies need the Xvid codec, you can download it from here;


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Re:Explorer Crash w/ video files

I know I have the right codec installed, but it still doesn't help.

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Then the right codec has a bug.

Try playing it with VLC PLAYER till they fix it.

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