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Windows 7: "Windows Explorer has stopped working" when attempting to copy


25 May 2012   #1

Win7 Ulitmate x64, XP x86 (Dual Boot)
 
 
"Windows Explorer has stopped working" when attempting to copy

This is sort of odd. I'm moving some folders from my laptop's internal HD to an external one (actually copy and delete, but close enough), but with one folder I can't get to first base. Just one. I haven't had a problem using the drag-and-drop method inside WE for any of the others.

It doesn't matter whether I click on the folder on the left side directory tree column or the right side "folders and file" column, Explorer still craps out, generating the subject message. It then restarts itself.

The computer is an older Gateway that is maxed out at 2 gigs of ram. I was wondering if this might be part of the problem, but I don't think so. Not when I can successfully do a multi-folder drag and drop several gigs in size.

I have tried rebooting the system to see if that made a difference; it didn't. And I've attempted the transfer with no other windows open. That didn't make a difference either.

Finally, in order to move the files onto the external drive, I opened up a DOS window and copied them over the old fashioned way. Once the folder was empty, I was able to delete it from within WE. But now, the new folder on the external drive is behaving in the same screwy fashion as the old one. The new folder has a different name from the old one but the same problem has surfaced again. If I so much as click on the new folder, WE errors out and closes. Very strange. Makes me think there's something odd about one or more files. They copied just fine, though, and deleted off the internal HD just fine too.

At this point, I'm more curious than anything else. Any ideas what could be causing this anomalous behavior?


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25 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Does sound odd. Standard data folders/files?

Guess I'd run sfc /scannow, chkdsk /r, and/or maybe run some memory tests.
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25 May 2012   #3

Win7 Ulitmate x64, XP x86 (Dual Boot)
 
 

Yeah, standard everything. Nothing unusual at all about this installation of Windows 7. Dunno what the chkdsk would get me; doesn't really seem to be a disk problem. Seems more to be something about one or more files it doesn't like. I'm not familiar with sfc / scannow, reckon I can give it a look-see though.
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25 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Other than security and permissions, Explorer doesn't care anything at all about files and file types. As long as they are on volumes that have a compatible file system (which they obviously are). You should be able to move, delete, copy or whatever any file without problem.

There is an issue if you're moving from NTFS to any of the FAT file systems (max file size and such), but you wouldn't have succeeded using either Explorer or DOS prompt without an error being generated (not just the stopped working error).

The sfc /scannow command, run from an elevated command prompt, check the integrity of OS protected files , repairing if it finds necessary.
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25 May 2012   #5

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

I've heard some corrupt media files can cause explorer to crash.
Try turning off thumbnails in Explorer Tools / Folder Options / View.
See if you can access the folder with thumbnails turned off.
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06 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 professional 32 bit
 
 
Windows explorer has stopped working

I'm having a windows 7 professional 32bit machine..After installing OS, I couldnot copy files from my pendrive and external HDD..I can copy files only when I am logging in as a local admin..but a user with administrator rights couldnt copy the files..Its showing this error..please find tha attachment..


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06 Nov 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Arunmerlz, it might be better if you start a new thread. It'll be more likely to attract some attention from other users who can help.

More info would help, too. Did you try anything that was posted in this thread?

Make another post to this thread with a link to your new thread and I'll follow it.
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06 Nov 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I wonder if the OP ever found the answer to this...
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06 Nov 2012   #9

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
Arunmerlz, it might be better if you start a new thread. It'll be more likely to attract some attention from other users who can help.

More info would help, too. Did you try anything that was posted in this thread?

Make another post to this thread with a link to your new thread and I'll follow it.
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
I wonder if the OP ever found the answer to this...
+1 again

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arunmerlz View Post
I'm having a windows 7 professional 32bit machine..After installing OS, I couldnot copy files from my pendrive and external HDD..I can copy files only when I am logging in as a local admin..but a user with administrator rights couldnt copy the files..Its showing this error..please find tha attachment..
I'm not sure what "local admin" and "a user with administrator rights" means.

Can you explain what you mean by "local admin"?
Is that the Windows built in "Administrator" user?

Is "a user with administrator rights" an account you created?
Is it the default account created when installing Windows 7?

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06 Nov 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
I'm not sure what "local admin" and "a user with administrator rights" means.

Can you explain what you mean by "local admin"?
Is that the Windows built in "Administrator" user?

Is "a user with administrator rights" an account you created?
Is it the default account created when installing Windows 7?

And I gotta place a +1 on this.

The closest I can come to anything logical (in my mind) is maybe he's part of a domain???
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