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Windows 7: How To Fix Explorer.exe Crashing In Windows 7 x64

14 Oct 2009   #11
ViciouslyCold

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by H2SO4 View Post
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Well as u can tell by other people's posts putting explorer.exe in system32 fixes crashing so clearly its not wrong. If it were wrong my advice would fail because system32 wouldn't matter then.
Good on ya for helping others :)
Well that is what were here for to seek and give advice.


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15 Oct 2009   #12
shuster

Windows 7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ViciouslyCold View Post
I saw this many times and there is a quick fix for some. You see Windows 7 x64 actually uses System32 explorer.exe and not SysWOW64. This is a problem because there is no explorer.exe in System32 (least not for me).

The quick fix is this. Copy (not move) the explorer.exe from system then paste it in the System32 folder.
If you run task manager processes tab and right click on explorer.exe, then open file location, you will see that explorer.exe runs from:

C:Windows\explorer.exe by default.

I copied explorer.exe to system32 folder rebooted and explorer was still running from:

C:Windows\explorer.exe

This did not work for me.
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15 Oct 2009   #13
ViciouslyCold

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shuster View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ViciouslyCold View Post
I saw this many times and there is a quick fix for some. You see Windows 7 x64 actually uses System32 explorer.exe and not SysWOW64. This is a problem because there is no explorer.exe in System32 (least not for me).

The quick fix is this. Copy (not move) the explorer.exe from system then paste it in the System32 folder.
If you run task manager processes tab and right click on explorer.exe, then open file location, you will see that explorer.exe runs from:

C:Windows\explorer.exe by default.
There's a dif between seeing where it says it's at and actually being able to click on the onto the processor itself and see what folder it shows it. Maybe the fact Windows shows it at System but the clicking on it and getting sent to the Windows32 folder is why it crashes so much?
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15 Oct 2009   #14
shuster

Windows 7 64
 
 

For windows to start and get to your desktop it would have to execute explorer.exe from either the syswow64 folder or c:\windows folder since there is no explorer.exe in system32 folder by default. If your symptom is that windows never gets to the desktop, then I can believe you. If you are getting to the dektop and then at some point explorer crashes your theory cannot be correct.
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15 Oct 2009   #15
ratePV

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

System Drive/Windows/Explorer.exe -64bit
System Drive/Windows/SysWOW64/Explorer.exe -32bit


Why do i need an explorer.exe in System32 when its "pulling" the correct one from the previous links

Really strange,...it isn't missing anything...
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15 Oct 2009   #16
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shuster View Post
For windows to start and get to your desktop it would have to execute explorer.exe from either the syswow64 folder or c:\windows folder since there is no explorer.exe in system32 folder by default. If your symptom is that windows never gets to the desktop, then I can believe you. If you are getting to the dektop and then at some point explorer crashes your theory cannot be correct.
I'd give you rep again, but it won't let me yet :)
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15 Oct 2009   #17
shuster

Windows 7 64
 
 

The more the merrier.

If he is still not convinced, I would suggest deleting explorer.exe from the c:\windows folder and rebooting. But have a repair cd handy to replace it again to get back to the desktop.
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16 Oct 2009   #18
ViciouslyCold

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shuster View Post
The more the merrier.

If he is still not convinced, I would suggest deleting explorer.exe from the c:\windows folder and rebooting. But have a repair cd handy to replace it again to get back to the desktop.
I don't know who this message is directed to but I myself am only going by my own personal experiences and what I did to fix it. What I did worked for me and seems to have helped others too.
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16 Oct 2009   #19
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

I dunno, just a wild guess here. Is it possible that the explorer.exe is coded to look for itself in the wrong place, possibly under a specific condition (like a plugin installed or something)...thus that is why it doesn't crash when it's copied over to system32?

My theory is that it's not Windows itself looking for it there in system32...but explorer.exe or hook to it looking there. I can't understand any other way this fix would actually work.
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16 Oct 2009   #20
blinduncledallas

Windows 7
 
 

*posted also in the other thread dealing with this issue*


I have the same issue with Windows 7 x64 Sig edition.

I have moved the explorer.exe to system32 and it made no difference.

I'm getting at least 5 explorer.exe crashes a day.

Because I'm hosting one of the release parties, they have a priority support ticket number. I've just been on the phone for an hour and the support guy took over my system, looked in the event viewer, did an sfc/ scannow and tried to get me to replicate the crash. Of course there was no crash when he was in my system while I was on the phone to him (sods law)

I am to use my system as normal over the weekend then contact him again on Monday by which time he will have done some research on the problem and check the crashes that I have over the weekend.

I was using build 7100 with zero problems before I got the Signature edition.

I'll report back on Monday to see what (or if there is one) the solution is.

I don't really want to host a party and be showing people my system with it crashing when I show them libraries.
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