Crashing 7 Windows Explorer


  1. Posts : 17
    7 Ultimate
       #1

    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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  2. Posts : 17
    7 Ultimate
    Thread Starter
       #2

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  3. Posts : 4,776
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #3

    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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  4. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 Ultimate x86
       #4

    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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  5. Posts : 4,752
    Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
       #5

    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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  6. Posts : 17
    7 Ultimate
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Callender said:
    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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  7. Posts : 4,776
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #7

    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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  8. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 Ultimate x86
       #8

    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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  9. Posts : 4,049
    W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.2 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit
       #9

    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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  10. Posts : 17
    7 Ultimate
    Thread Starter
       #10

    GramMKII said:
    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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