I had the same problem, go into system restore, and go back to a restoration point, say two weeks this should eliminate it.
I just installed Windows ME on my OLD Compaq Presario (about 6 years old now). When I start the computer I get a message as follows:
"Explorer has caused an error in KERNEL32.DLL.
Explorer will now close.
If you continue to experience problems, try restarting your computer."
I have tried restarting my computer. I have tried re-installing ME. I keep getting the same thing. When I click on the close button it comes back (everytime, never goes away). When I move the error screen to the bottom out of the way and try to run any program the computer freezes up.
If anyone could help it would be GREATLY appreciated!