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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Not Loading

13 Apr 2012   #1
Icorre

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Windows Explorer Not Loading

I have an alienware m14X with windows 7 home premium 64-bit. Until recently my computer has ran fine, but now when i click the window browser button on the task bar, it won't load. The green bar in the path never runs all the way through, and the tabs on the right only show a rotating magnifying glass over them. I have run an Avast pre-boot scan, tested for a welchia worm and did a system restore, but noting helps!!
Any help would be appreciated.

p.s. this problem is temporarily solved by restarting my computer, but it re-occurs again shortly after.




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13 Apr 2012   #2
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

When you say re-occurs, do you mean Explorer just won't show any data when you click on the Explorer folder icon on the taskbar?

When this happens, can you open an elevated cmd prompt and run the command dir /s from C:\?
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13 Apr 2012   #3
Icorre

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I mean that it will not load the files. Icons are missing for files and the thumbnails never load or function. I can access the folders directly via cmd prompt or the windows start button search bar, but i would like to access them normally

edit: Come one people, 300+ views and only one reply?
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14 Apr 2012   #4
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Have you tried disabling all non-Microsoft explorer shell extensions via ShellExView, rebooting, and retrying the operation to see if it still continues? It's likely to be down to either a filter driver or a shell extension at this point.
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14 Apr 2012   #5
Icorre

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

don't know what shell view is or how to use it. and if i do find the problem, how do i fix it?

side note: i have run the computer in safe and clean boot modes and this problem does not occur, and i've also noticed that the computer is now booting up slower
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16 Apr 2012   #6
Icorre

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 
Fixed It

i found a bad video file that wouldn't open, or interact at all. Deleted that after disabling explorer with command prompt, and presto! problem solved
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16 Apr 2012   #7
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Wow, good find.
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24 Jun 2012   #8
Cairtorm

Windows 7 Home Edition x64
 
 

If only I found this before. I am just about finishing a backup so I can wipe my drives. Maybe this backup already solves this problem! But then I will have to be careful about what I will bring back.
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