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Windows 7: windows explorer has stopped working

31 Jan 2017   #41
Callender

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

I think you can just ignore that message and just eject the USB then reinsert it. Reboot and if it doesn't boot from USB and install Windows then check BIOS options to make sure that you can boot from USB.


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31 Jan 2017   #42
Judiver

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi Callender,

Because it's essential to have a good working copy of this file, I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Now I don't know if I can do the operation again (reformatting this stick, making it bootable again and burn the ISO on it again - people on the internet seem to not agree on this issue). I don't have any sticks left, they're all in use by my back-up, but I have disks.

I've been searching how to make a disk bootable and read about the Windows Disc Image Burner that is available in Windows 7. I apparently just need to right click the ISO, go to "Open With" and then select "Windows Disc Image Burner". Would that be a good idea ?

Sorry to be such a pain in the b.. needing help with each and every step.

Judith
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31 Jan 2017   #43
Callender

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

Okay there's no problem with reformatting the USB and starting again. Just eject after the reformat and reinsert. You did download Unetbootin v494 for Windows? You might want to check.

Anyway regarding making the USB bootable - Unetbootin does that for you with no additional steps required. You just select the ISO you want to burn and browse to the USB drive that you want to create the Windows 7 USB installer on. That's about it really. After the USB has been created you'd need to eject it via safely remove hardware then insert it again and power off your computer. Wait a couple of minutes then swith your computer back on leaving the USB inserted. If it doesn't boot from the USB then switch off the machine and figure out how to boot into BIOS options to make changes needed o boot from USB. On my machine I have the option to override boot options and choose a device for one time use next boot.
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31 Jan 2017   #44
Callender

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

If you want to check contents of the USB before using it - it should look like this:
windows explorer has stopped working-removable-disk-f_-.jpg


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31 Jan 2017   #45
Callender

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

I reckon you should also have a copy (clone) of your windows partition handy on an external drive just in case you need to reinstall some currently installed drivers that might prove hard to find.
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31 Jan 2017   #46
Callender

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

I suppose that you might possibly need to keep an eye on or disable any security software that could block any process needed to create the bootable.
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01 Feb 2017   #47
Judiver

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi Callender,

Thank you for all your advice and sorry to not have gotten back to you earlier. I was checking things, and not really progressing.

I did install unetbootin-windows-494.exe. Executing the file a second time gave no error messages, so I don't know why I got that the first time on exiting (after I'd put the ISO on the stick).

The data on the stick looks more or less the same as your attachement. Boot, efi, sources, support and upgrade are all in folders. There are a couple of other files beneath these folders among which autorun.inf (which on your image is a folder).

I know how to make a stick bootable now in command prompt, thanks to Torchwood. But before I wanted to go through the process again of clearing this stick, making it bootable again and putting the ISO on it, I wanted to check into this safely ejection you are talking about. Never seen it, never used it, and the icon didn't show on the taskbar. Got that fixed, although it doesn't seem to work for a cd-rom (not sure if it should...).

I also checked into changing the boot order. Found that I need to use F12 on my Toshiba. When I do that (not having any stick or disk inserted) it gives me a menu with 4 options:
- P1 Toshiba (so I guess that's what's happening normally, i.e. c:\)
- Floppy (??? this laptop doesn't have a tray to insert floppies! That's prehistoric!)
- Realtek Boot Agent
- P4-TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633C (the option to boot from CD/DVD?)

I have 2 USB ports, so where's the option to boot from USB? If I cannot boot from a stick then redoing the operation of putting the ISO on the stick again is pointless. I would need this ISO to be on a disk. So I repeat my question can I do that with the Windows 7 "Windows Disc Image Burner" > right click the ISO, go to "Open With" and then select "Windows Disc Image Burner".

I do not know what a partition of windows is and I do not have an external drive. I do have a d: drive. I copied the drivers in system32 to a stick.

Judith
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01 Feb 2017   #48
Callender

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

For now try F12 on boot and check:

Legacy Support. If you have Legacy Support listed, make sure itís On or Enabled.

Booting from a USB drive

Also review the items in the "Warning" boxes in red here:

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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01 Feb 2017   #49
Judiver

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi Callender,

The USB Legacy emulation was enabled, but I just read on the internet that sometimes it doesn't work until you actually plug the stick in. So I tried and got a 5th option : USB !

So now I'll put the ISO on the flash drive again, hopefully exactly as it should.
Empty, make it bootable, de-activate any security software and burn with unetbootin-windows-494 and eject with safe eject (as I do not want to try to reinstall Windows just yet - maybe this evening after dinner or tomorrow when my mind is "fresh").

I have 2 other questions. I have a d drive with 232GB (190GB available).

If I reinstall Windows it will erase c:\. Will it leave d:\ alone? I am asking because I was thinking of copying personal files to d:\ in order to have a double back-up (in case any of my USB sticks, where all my stuff is backed up now, appears to be corrupt - you never know...).

The other question is this hidden partition that is on my d:\. I've written about it before in this thread. If I reinstall Windows will it still be there? And actually, why not use that. What's wrong with factory settings?

This is what the user guide says, I understand from it that it does reinstall Windows from there (so it's not a repair function):


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Restoring the pre-installed software form the Recovery hard disk drive
A portion of the total hard disk drive space is configured as a hidden recovery partition. This partition stores files which can be used to restore pre-installed software in the event of a problem.

If you subsequently set up your hard disk drive again, do not change, delete or add partitions in a manner other than specified in the manual, otherwise you may find that space for the required software is not available.

In addition, if you use a third-party partitioning program to reconfigure the partitions on your hard disk drive, you may find that it becomes impossible to setup your computer (actually this phrase scares me, what happens if I reinstall Windows on c:\ from USB? I've come accross people saying that on their Toshiba, their reinstallation stopped).

You can not use System Recovery Options if restoring the pre-installed software without System Recovery Options.

When you reinstall the Windows operating system, the hard disk will be reformatted and all data will be lost.

1. Turn off your computer.
2. While holding down 0 (zero) key on the keyboard, turn on your computer.
A menu will be displayed from which you should follow the on-screen instructions.

Please set you BIOS to default before you recover your computer to the factory state!

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Thank you for the help (and patience!),

Judith
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01 Feb 2017   #50
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

When you install Windows, it will only affect C: drive, nothing else.
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