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I have two explorer.exe files...

Hi People,

I just noticed that my windows xp directory has two explorer.exe files - two different versions, one is names explorer (2). This one appears to be the original version dated 06/13/07 and a version # of 6.00.2900.3156 (xpsp_sp2_gdr.070613-1234).
The newer one is dated 04/13/08 and has a version # of 6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105).

Now, I came across this because I had to kill explorer through task manager earlier this morning because the computer wouldn't shut off, it would just sit there. I figured if I bought up task manager and killed and then restarted explorer I would be able to shut down the computer. This is how I found out I have two explorer files. This is the second time that my computer has acted strangely and not wanted to turn off and I had to hard shut it down with the power button.
I checked the Windows update sight and my update history and there were no windows updates installed on 04/13/08 (the date of the current explorer file).
I am just curious why I have two explorer.exe files and if this is the cause of the computer not wanting to turn off with the Start Turn Off buttons.
I am running Windows XP Media Center 2005 with service pack two. AMD dual core 64+ processor 3800+ with 2 GIG of RAM.
Thanks in advance for your replies.

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I've got about the same.

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Version 5512, modification date 14-4-2008, that came with SP3, and version 3156, modification date 13-6-2007, that came with KB398828. The original SP2 one has a modification date of 10-4-2006, which is before I had this PC. So I assume the dates are the dates Microsoft made them, not the date I downloaded them. I'm sure I downloaded SP3 after midnight.

The difference: I've got only one in the Windows folder. It's strange that you have 2. I'd start with renaming the old one to explorer.old and see what happens.

I'm rather sure this isn't related to you shutdown troubles.


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I have 7, but

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6 of them are in folders like Windows\$NtServicePackUninstall$, or Windows\$NtUninstallKB820291$, (another KB one is KB938828$).

Any chance one of your 2 is in a similar folder?

The one I have in C:\Windows is the latest version like yours, 6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105)

If your older one is in the Windows folder then obviously it shouldn't be there, and that (2) has been added because the later version either was there already, or should have replaced it completely, but instead left it behind and renamed it.

I am reluctant to suggest you remove the explorer(2).exe file, or even rename it to explorer(2).txt. Whilst I am positive that would not cause your system to go south, I am not 100% certain. Perhaps others here are.

I am surprised you needed the Task Manager to kill explorer.exe. Was that the error message that displayed, eg "End Program - Explorer.exe". If not, what made you decide it was explorer.exe that needed ending?

Often Explorer problems are malware related. Have you scanned your system since seeing this?


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Thanks for the replies

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In my Windows directory I have:
this last one has a search folder type icon and for properties, it says Windows Command.
Then I have 4 more explorer.exe files in four different windows install folders.

The first time that the computer wouldn't shut down, I rebooted it into safe mode and did a virus scan with Avast (home free edition and updated) it found nothing. Then after that scan, I scheduled a thorough disc scan and rebooted the computer and let it scan. This didn't find anything either.
I was thinking that maybe the Software Update Manager was the culprit that cause the computer to not want to shut down, as I think the last time the computer did this the Software Update Manager tried to update. Both that day (I think) and this morning, the Software Update Manager tried to auto find updates and caused a Script error message. I since figured out how to set it to Manual Update so I am hoping it will not try to update again.

I was thinking that something had happened to explorer in the windows processes and that is why I tried ending that task and then re-starting it hoping that would make it shut down normally. But, it didn't work.

I am monitoring this posting if you have any ideas. Thanks

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The difference. . .

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explorer.exe - Opens Explorer with My Documents expanded.

explorer - Opens Explorer with the C: drive expanded.

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