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Windows 7: File Explorer crashing (constantly), mostly in directories with images

03 May 2014   #1
webbeetle

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
File Explorer crashing (constantly), mostly in directories with images

Hi, I've used this forum many years to find advice, now I'm stuck and need to ask a question (hopefully in the right section):

My Window File Explorer is constantly crashing (say at least 10 times a day!). This happens mostly when I open file directories which contain image files, some directories with thumbnails, some without. Occasionally it happens in other directories too. It's bloody not helping to get anything done.

System: Windows 7 Pro 64bit

History: my previous computer had hardware problems, went back and forth to ASUS 3 times, in the end there wasn't much left to change (first display, then harddisk, then motherboard plus SSD). At a late stage of this back-and-forth I tried to back up my data with Paragon, but failed (the was an i/o conflict - reason ASUS changed the motherboard), so I simply copied all contents of my D-drive onto an external harddisk (WD MyPassport). I finally received an exchange computer from ASUS and copied the entire contents back onto D. Ever since my File Explorer is crashing constantly, specially when I try to open any directory which contains images or graphic files. These crashes occur since day one after I moved the files back onto the freshly installed (and virgin) Windows system!

I have since tried all sorts of fixes (like clear and reset the thumbnail cache via disk cleanup, run Ccleaner, TuneUp 2014, etc.), but I seem to get nowhere.

Currently I cannot do a system repair from DVD, because both my system copies on DVD and my external DVD drive [the ultrabook doesn't have a built-in DVD] are in our camping vehicle, which is on a boat being shipped to South America (my flight luggage was full without the extra stuff). I have access to a repair partition on my computer.

Any help?!!?

Thank you.


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03 May 2014   #2
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Suspect a corrupt media file

The same thing happened on my machine and after identifying and deleting all corrupt image files the problem remained. The solution for me was to move all user created video files onto an external HD.

Anyway in your case it looks like the culprit is one or more corrupt image files.

Look at item 7 in this article for confirmation.

Windows Explorer Has Stopped Working Fix | gHacks Technology News

If you need help in identifying corrupt images I'll post a link to the software that I use but a simple solution would probably be to suspect the folder that you just opened when explorer crashed.
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03 May 2014   #3
webbeetle

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks, Callender - but that raises some more questions:
I'm sure that, if at all, that there aren't many corrupted images files, at least not in ALL my directories I try to open... Should a corrupted file in directory xyz-photos cause explorer to crash when I open directory web-icons? Confused...

I followed a few more links here and run sfc/scannnow (I seem to recall I did that before) - but now I cannot even open the resulting log file:



[just now it crashed when I opened d:\(root) and then again on c:\, where it didn't use to happen = it's getting worse!]

I just followed some other instructions found here
Quote:
Download : Registry Fix
  1. Right click on the .reg file and click on Merge.
  2. Click on the Run button in the Security Warning pop-up.
  3. Click on Continue (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.
Then once the Explorer crashes it will create a Dump File under C:\Localdump then follow this article Dump Files - Upload to SevenForums from Step 2
but I do NOT get a dump file! Enough for today!

Anyhow, it's now well after 1am - I'm off to bed, wait and see what tomorrow brings...
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04 May 2014   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Dump file

I took a look at that reg file but the only comment that I can make is that perhaps Windows Error Reporting is disabled on your machine or else there's something wrong with the code in the file.

Since the problem started when you copied files from your backup drive to your current drive I'd still suspect media file corruption rather than shell extension issues. As for SFC - I'm no expert on that and tend to find that it will often detect problems when run that are not really problems at all. (Like if you've made custom changes such as disabling hibernation).

Upload the log for an expert on system files to look at.

Other things tat you could try:

Remove all media files and folders - copy them back to your other drive (must be external) then disconnect the drive and reboot. If the problem remains then media file corruption isn't the issue. Media files means any image or video file that you've created/ downloaded.

Temporarily disable thumbnail caching:

Thumbnail Cache - Enable or Disable

Set view for all folders to "Always show icons, never thumbnails" and uncheck "display file icon on thumbnails"
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04 May 2014   #5
webbeetle

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks, YES, Windows error reporting is disabled because I use my notebook very often without internet access (because I cannot get any whilst on the road) - will enable it temporarily.
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04 May 2014   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
REG file

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by webbeetle View Post
Thanks, YES, Windows error reporting is disabled because I use my notebook very often without internet access (because I cannot get any whilst on the road) - will enable it temporarily.
It's possible that you might need to re-merge that reg file after enabling WER for the registry settings to take effect!

On another note: Until the probem is fixed there's a handy utility that can restart Explorer with a single click.

Sordum's Small tools | Sordum.org

Rexplorer is part of Sordum's Small Tools package. If you extract the files and copy rexplorer.exe to somewhere handy you can run it when needed.
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05 May 2014   #7
webbeetle

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I'm still at it, it seems to be getting worse (not better), but in the meantime I have found some corrupted image files and deleted them. Though: the crashes now happen more frequently in other directories, too
I work through the suggestions and then come back.

Bugger is: I actually have other work to do, for which I would need a functioning file explorer! So I'm trying to get some work done at the same time, and due to the constant crashes I get more frustrated...
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05 May 2014   #8
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Dump File

I'm wondering if that dump file is being created now that you've enabled WER?

It's not something that I could analyze but if it's present you could upload it for someone to look at.

On another note: If you're still stuck after trying suggestions you could tale a look at shell extensions just to rule them out as a possible culprit.

If you can pin down the date when the problem started - you can take a look at:

ShellExView - Shell Extension Manager For Windows

Download link is near the bottom of the page. You need "Download ShellExView for x64" for your machine. If you extract the files and run the executable you'll get a list of shell extensions. Sort them by date (newest first) by clicking on the "File Created Time" column. If you see anything that was installed on or just before explorer started crashing try disabling it.

File Explorer crashing (constantly), mostly in directories with images-shellexview.jpg

If you navigate to the shexview.exe executable and right click it then choose "copy as path" paste the result into notepad.

You should see something like this:

"C:\Users\Username\Desktop\NirSoft\shexview.exe"

If you modify the text and add /stext extensions.txt (including the space) you should see something like:

"C:\Users\Username\Desktop\NirSoft\shexview.exe" /stext extensions.txt

Copy that text into your Run dialog box. Start> Run then press enter.

Attach the results to your next post. You'll find them in the same folder as the shexview.exe executable with the filename "extensions.txt"

I know of a tool that will deal with corrupt image files but only .jpg extension.


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05 May 2014   #9
webbeetle

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I didn't have time to deal with anything today because I had to go to a government office (here in Montevideo), where one sits around all day waiting...

I've got a explorer.exe.2036.dmp file by now, but I have no idea how to
a) upload it here, as it is NOT a supported file format
b) or how to open and read it...
(I found somewhere a reference to WinDbg, but don't seem to have that installed on my notebook - right now I rather stay away from installing new things onto an instable system, otherwise I would continue my "real" work and install wampserver next, which I actually need to pre-customise a WordPress server install.)
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05 May 2014   #10
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Dump file upload

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by webbeetle View Post
I didn't have time to deal with anything today because I had to go to a government office (here in Montevideo), where one sits around all day waiting...

I've got a explorer.exe.2036.dmp file by now, but I have no idea how to
a) upload it here, as it is NOT a supported file format
b) or how to open and read it...
(I found somewhere a reference to WinDbg, but don't seem to have that installed on my notebook - right now I rather stay away from installing new things onto an instable system, otherwise I would continue my "real" work and install wampserver next, which I actually need to pre-customise a WordPress server install.)
Usually a dump file will upload if it's zipped. See:

Dump Files - Upload to SevenForums

You don't need to install the software suggested - it's your choice. Hopefully the dump file will help!
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