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Windows 7: Broken start button, crashing explorer.

03 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

Oveclocked CPU? Underclock it.

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03 Nov 2009   #12

Windows 7 x64

How would the graphics card cuase the start button to not respond though?
Yes my CPU is overclocked, I have ran stress and mem tests to ensure the hardware side it is working fine, also it has been for a few months now.
With shell32.dll being highlighted by the crash report, a non responsive Start button and Icon's dissapearing, im leaning towards it being a GUI/API issue somewhere, im still learning the in's and out's of Win7 so im not 100% sure, is there anyway to force Win7 though the DVD or otherwise to reinstall the registry and windows files? In the hope it replaces any that may be corrupt.

Not sure if replacing the Shell32.dll in /system32 with one from vista would help, any info on that?
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03 Nov 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

Underclock the cpu back to stock, and then run driver sweeper in safe mode after uninstalling your old drivers, then install the newest drivers.
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04 Nov 2009   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

I'm starting to suspect it might be a hardware issue also, but exactly what I don't know. My system board went out not too long ago (repaired under warranty fortunately), but that prevented the machine from even powering on.
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04 Nov 2009   #15

Windows 7 x64

I build computers and as I said I have ran stress diagnostic tests to ensure it's not a hardware issue (it would also show other issues none of which I have seen), again how could a hardware fault stop the startbutton from working?
Functionality has not changed, I can still run programs, games and test etc fine, it's the accesibility that has been effected.

I will just keep trying and post back if I manage to resolve the issue.
Thanks for the input.
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