: is there a way to fix it without doing the repair install? I really don't want to have to reinstall all of my anti-malwares, anti-viruses, and system "fixers." Also, is there a way to "replace" explorer? As in copying it to disk, closing the running one, and replacing it with a "fixed" copy? I remember vaguely being able to do that in XP when I got the W32 virus way back when. I just don't remember the dos code to do it.