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Windows 7: Crashing 7 Windows Explorer

29 Jun 2014   #1
Rob 0

7 Ultimate
 
 
Crashing 7 Windows Explorer

Crashing 7 Windows Explorer

Much to my shock, I pulled the rip cord on my newly minted install of Ultimate 7. First ever user! Task manger > processes > explorer.exe > end process > end process TO FIND that running a new instance of explorer did not bring back the Taskbar -- as was the case with XP. Running two didn't either... explorer.exe came right back to life in processes as well as on screen but the all important Taskbar remained unobtainable until after reboot. This cannot be. I prefer registry fixes over hunting the Microsoft committee, for sport, that dictated this painfully useless edict upon us lowly users to force us into an endless chase of upgrading away from horrible options we thought surely they would have fixed in the next version.

CRASH EXPLORER AND RECOVER WITHOUT REBOOT... how?


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29 Jun 2014   #2
Rob 0

7 Ultimate
 
 

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29 Jun 2014   #3
Callender

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

I don't have the answer unfortunately. Killing explorer.exe then choosing File> New Task (Run) has always worked for me.

If you like you could try this test to see if it will work in a different way:

Download the Small Tools package from here:

Sordum's Small tools | Sordum.org

Extract the files to a handy folder then from the list of extracted files copy the one name rexplorer.exe to your desktop, save anything that you're currently working on, then run ReExplorer to see if Explorer is terminated and then restarted.

If it doesn't work - it would confirm that there are problems that require further investigation.
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29 Jun 2014   #4
GramMKII

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

This happened to me too.

Try this. Start a new task from the task manager.
Enter "userinit.exe" w/o quotes.
This should bring back the explorer taskbar.
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29 Jun 2014   #5
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Hit your Start Button and type == Taskbar == in the space and hit enter. This will bring up a window that allows you to do different things with the Taskbar, one of which is Auto-Hide which might be checked.
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29 Jun 2014   #6
Rob 0

7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
I don't have the answer unfortunately. Killing explorer.exe then choosing File> New Task (Run) has always worked for me.
From crashed explorer, as described in the first post, with no visible Taskbar as a result of the crash only and not another effect:

Ultimate 7 > Task Manager > New Task > Run > Explorer: starts a new explorer window
win XP pro > Task Manager > New Task > Run > Explorer: starts a new explorer AND a new Taskbar

Open your Task Manager and crash your explorer in either one to see this absolute effect on both. [Cntrl+Alt+Del then look to the right side for the "evil" Start button to reboot.]

Lock the Taskbar is checked
Auto-hide the Taskbar is unchecked

The first solution is: Task Manager > New Task > Run > userinit

This function restarts the Taskbar in both XP pro and Ultimate 7. But is not as simple as opening a new instance of explorer as was the case win XP. How to make this new solution as simple as the old.

CRASH EXPLORER AND RECOVER WITHOUT REBOOT (recovering both taskbar and explorer in one desktop shortcut function)... how?
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29 Jun 2014   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Kill Explorer

Hmmm... I don't see that happening on my machine.

Kill explorer using task manager and the task bar does indeed vanish:

Crashing 7 Windows Explorer-kill-explorer.jpg

Start a new instance of explorer and I get this:

Crashing 7 Windows Explorer-2restart-explorer.jpg

The taskbar appears but missing a couple of system tray icons although the programs are still running.

If I use ReExplorer I get the same results. I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium so the comparison doesn't say much. Perhaps someone with Ultimate will confirm.


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29 Jun 2014   #8
GramMKII

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

This happened to me too just recently. I had to use userinit for a while in order to restore the explorer. Unfortunately, I never really did find out what caused it. It just fixed itself.

Have you tried this?

Open Startmenu -> search for 'folder options' -> open 'folder options'
On the view tab: advanced settings
Untick the 'Launch folder windows in a seperate process'. and apply.

Then test by killing all explorer processes and running a new one.
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29 Jun 2014   #9
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
System File Checker

Have you tried running sfc?

Open the Command Prompt (Use the "Run as administrator" option in the context menu).
Type:
sfc /scannow
Tutorial
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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01 Jul 2014   #10
Rob 0

7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GramMKII View Post
Open Startmenu -> search for 'folder options' -> open 'folder options'
On the view tab: advanced settings
Untick the 'Launch folder windows in a separate process'. and apply.
Mine already has this unticked.

Perhaps a .bat would perform both functions at once. I can do it with scripts, but a more commonly usable solution would help others find XP in 7. The eXPerience doesn't still dominate 25% of desktop marketshare a dozen years after its inception because it's XPerfect. It dominates because its better than almost anything else.

If i don't find XP-classic-to-the-letter in Threshold I will start taking hostages.

Code:
Ctrl+Alt+Kill
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