Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Explorer.exe server execution failed

19 May 2009   #1
Britgeezer

Win 7 RC1
 
 
Explorer.exe server execution failed

OK I was fiddling with some My documents files I copied over from XP.

Explorer no longer works, gives the error message:

Explorer.exe
server execution failed

Any ideas how to recover from this? Or do I need to recover or re-install?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

19 May 2009   #2
happinessiseasy

Windows 7 RC (Build 7100)
 
 

I got that. Tried a multitude of things (including the very popular "fix" for Vista users all over the internet), but the only thing that fixed it was creating a new Profile and it worked. So then I copied my files over and deleted the old profile.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 May 2009   #3
Britgeezer

Win 7 RC1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by happinessiseasy View Post
I got that. Tried a multitude of things (including the very popular "fix" for Vista users all over the internet), but the only thing that fixed it was creating a new Profile and it worked. So then I copied my files over and deleted the old profile.
Interesting, and may help others. However there are a few other issues (spontaneous shutdown) so before I go further I will reformat and start again
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


04 Jul 2009   #4
Shane

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

I fixed this by going to Start> And in the search bar type in Computer management> Right click Computer Management and Run as Admin...

Once in Computer Management Expand Local Users and Groups> Goto Users> Double Click Administrator> Uncheck "Account is Disabled"

Log off and log back on as the Administrator User>

Now you have full access again...

You can now go Delete the corrupt User Profile and make a new one by going to User Accounts in the Control Panel.

Warning: Don't mess around in the Administrator User Profile (that's your fail-safe), just go back to Computer Management and put a check back in "Account is Disabled" log off and only mess around in the new User Profile you made.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2009   #5
gigaherz

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Hello people,

I just today had this same problem in my Windows 7 profile.
The solution is to go to regedit, and change 2 keys to point to valid places:
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Personal
and
Code:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell  Folders\Personal
You can set back the defaults by looking at how the other entries in those keys look like.

I'm not enterely sure if the second one is necessary, but I changed both to point to valid places and it works now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Oct 2009   #6
Dustin

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Had the same problem. I found out it was because my external hard drive, to which my Documents library links, was unavailable (simply not turned on). The problem was immediately solved after I turned it back on.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2009   #7
mattwyman

Windows 7
 
 
Explorer.exe server execution failed

The Registry changes mentioned above worked perfectly for me!
Thanks!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Nov 2009   #8
ajhubble

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Explorer.exe server execution failed

Just to reply to this, the registry fix above worked for me (I couldn't open Windows Explorer due to this error). For some reason, Win7 decided to revert the "My Documents" path to an earlier version before I changed the drive letter from D: to E:. This was an OS re-install, and all my shortcuts were referring to E:, so I had changed the D drive to E, and relocated the "My Documents" folder to my data drive with the new letter - it worked, until I restarted - or maybe I forgot to change the "My Documents" location (I don't remember).

Interestingly, this also happened to me yesterday, when my RAID data drive killed itself (for reasons unknown) and one drive was suddenly unallocated (which invalidated the RAID). This error then came up, presumably because the "My Documents" path was no longer valid.

Definately a Windows 7 bug this - it should give a more relevant error message and offer to change the path, rather than a cryptic error and refusing to open Windows Explorer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Nov 2009   #9
Baphomet

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gigaherz View Post
The solution is to go to regedit, and change 2 keys to point to valid places: ...
Score! This worked like a charm for me as well.

Thanks for posting the solution to this VERY annoying little issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Nov 2009   #10
n0nexistence

Windows 7 RC 7100
 
 

This fix worked for me, but I did this without deleting my user account.

***NOTE: My symptoms were with a secondary hard drive and not the drive my OS was installed on.***

Once logged in as the Administrator, I changed my accounts "Type" from Administrative account to a Standard account and then back to Administrative. Once I logged in again I could access my files.

Thanks for the head start Shane
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shane View Post
I fixed this by going to Start> And in the search bar type in Computer management> Right click Computer Management and Run as Admin...

Once in Computer Management Expand Local Users and Groups> Goto Users> Double Click Administrator> Uncheck "Account is Disabled"

Log off and log back on as the Administrator User>

Now you have full access again...

You can now go Delete the corrupt User Profile and make a new one by going to User Accounts in the Control Panel.

Warning: Don't mess around in the Administrator User Profile (that's your fail-safe), just go back to Computer Management and put a check back in "Account is Disabled" log off and only mess around in the new User Profile you made.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Explorer.exe server execution failed




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Server Execution Failed
Hello All, I have a custom built PC, my specs are up-to-date. I'm have an issue with large video files (playing, editing and recording). When opening the videos in Windows Media Player, I randomly get a pop-up Windows message saying Server Execution Failed. The OS is on my 120GB SSD, while...
Software
WMP Server Execution Failed
So...I got a new computer and WMP was already kinda screwy since it was splitting up my albums and messing with the tracks. No matter how many 'scan now' things I ran, my computer didn't pick up anything wrong, so I just dealt with it. Now WMP isn't working at all and every time I try to play a...
Media Center
Server execution failed
I got his error on a 3 hour old Win 7 HP X64 install on a SSD. Any thing I click in the right pane of the start menu is non responsive and about 15 seconds later this error pops up. I have ran the Windows update gamut and new drivers form the ASUS (motherboard) site. Ne'er mind, fixed...
Performance & Maintenance
Help!!!!! Server execution failed? WMP
I AM NOT VERY COMPUTER SAVVY. JUST BOUGHT MY LAP TOP A FEW WEEKS AGO FROM A PAWN SHOP. ALREADY HAD FILES ON IT. DID NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT UNTIL I LET MY 10 YEAR OLD SON CONVINCE ME TO LET HIM USE IT TO PUT MUSIC ON HIS IPOD. EVER SINCE I CAN NOT PULL UP MY MEDIA PLAYER AND WHEN I TRY TO...
Music, Pictures & Video
Explorer.exe server execution failed (Tried mostly everything)
So after rebooting after a virus scan, I keep getting the message "Explorer.exe server execution failed" whenever I try to open a document, game, internet browser, etc. I've tried everything I could find, and I still can't solve the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
General Discussion
Server Execution failed
I solved the date problem but now I have another problem. I was transferring files from my pendrive. After that, I tried to gain access to My Computer but then out of a sudden, i can't open My Computer and The Control Panel as well as Music, Pictures etc on the Start Menu. When I click My...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:25.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App