I have the RTM ver of Win 7 x64 Ultimate. (Verified the hash values so I know it's a solid ISO. Burned the disc at 2x and clicked the 'verify' button in Nero.) Me and some friends, and lots of people around the internet appearently, are having random problems where Windows Explorer will just crash. Once it starts crashing, right clicking will trigger it every time. Last night I was logged in to another PC via term. service from my Win 7 box and listening to MP3s with Winamp and Windows Explorer crashed and restarted. After it did it's little data gathering a few seconds later, crashed again. Did this 5 or 6 times in a row and to get it to finally stop, I disconnected my term. service session and it was fine the rest of the night. Other times, I'll just be surfing with IE 8 or FireFox, listening to MP3s and maybe copying some files from my USB attached drive and Windows Explorer will crash and I need to reboot to make it stop. All this happens at totally random times. It faults ntl.dll (I think). When I get home tonight, I'll post up the details from Event Viewer. Has MS acknowledged this bug or does anyone know a fix? I know my hardware is good. Did some memory tests, scanned my drive (RAID array, mirror) and no errors detected. Did the System File Checker thing and no problems detected. I don't run security software (no AV or firewall) so that can't be causing it. I never had this problem with XP Pro x64. When I installed Windows 7, it was a clean install.
I can go 2 or 3 days and it's fine. Another day Windows Explorer will crash, a lot. I've only been running the RTM ver. for a week or so. I installed Office 2007, Winamp and Nero. I copied all my data back over (MP3s, pics, videos) and haven't installed anything else. (No codecs, no games, no applications, nothing.)
I have an MSDN account will once it's avail. on there, I'll grab it and do a binary compare of the ISO I used and the one from MSDN. If they're the same, I'd like to avoid reinstalling. If there's any difference, I'll reinstall with the MSDN copy.
Any advice to fix this? As I said, I'm not alone. I've read that others are having the same problem. Somebody I know still using the RC has this issue as well. Two of my friends are using the same ver of Win 7 I have and are also getting random Windows Explorer crashes. Driving me up the wall. I so bad want to love/use Windows 7 but if this isn't fixed soon, I might go back to XP.