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Windows 7: Will upgrading to Win 10 fix issues with explorer.exe crashing in W7?

01 Jul 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Will upgrading to Win 10 fix issues with explorer.exe crashing in W7?

Hey guys,

I have been having a serious issue with my laptop lately. I am using Windows 7, and every time I try to copy a file from one place to another, be it on the computer or from USB, explorer crashes and restarts. This means I cannot backup my files onto an external HDD, which is what I wanted to do in order to reformat.

I have tried sfc/scannow, disk defrag, scanned with MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and the problem still persists with a new user. Also bear in mind that I have had this laptop for around 7 years (I think) so maybe it is just something that was inevitably going to happen.

So my question is, if I finally give in to the Windows 10 upgrade notification, will this resolve the issue of explorer.exe constantly crashing or does it not work like that?

Thanks in advance.

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01 Jul 2016   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

I suspect it will fix it, and I would recommend Win 10 if your hardware and software is compatible.

If after upgrading to Win 10 and the remote chance you still have the problem, a "clean" install will be required.

One note, before upgrading, backup (make a disc image) of your entire hard drive to some other media such as a USB connected hard drive. If you don't have an image program the free Macrium Reflect (a UK company) program will do that.
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01 Jul 2016   #3

Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)


If you don't want to go the full upgrade route, you could try a Repair Install instead. Much easier than doing a clean install. Not 100% guaranteed to work as it could be 3rd party software causing explorer to crash.

Repair Install
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01 Jul 2016   #4

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

On a 7 year old machine a Windows 10 upgrade might not go smoothly. Others might want to comment on that.

Other than upgrading perhaps read this thread:

explorer.exe crashes when I stop with the mouse on a photo or image
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01 Jul 2016   #5

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Upgrades rarely fix existing issues
The upgrade process in general has a pretty good chance of hanging at 30 or 99% or getting into a restart loop.
There are many upgrade options and I'd review them seems you'd be clean installing one or the other anyway
Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums
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01 Jul 2016   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Thanks for your replies everyone. A lot of the things I read also point to clean installing, like ThrashZone mentioned. I have downloaded the regedit file though from the thread mentioned by Callender if anyone could help me out analysing the .dmp file.



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01 Jul 2016   #7

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

Your explorer crash dump points to this:

SYMBOL_NAME:  psdprotect+12de

FOLLOWUP_NAME:  MachineOwner

MODULE_NAME: psdprotect

IMAGE_NAME:  psdprotect.dll


STACK_COMMAND:  ~47s; .ecxr ; kb

FAILURE_BUCKET_ID:  INVALID_POINTER_READ_CALL_c0000005_psdprotect.dll!Unknown

If you know which program installed that file - check for and install updates. Alternatively if it's a free to download and use program - uninstall if fully using something like: GeekUninstaller | GeekUninstaller

Looks like it might be a shell extension installed by MyWinLocker

We can also try disabling the shell extension.
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02 Jul 2016   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

YES! Thank you Callender, that was it. I uninstalled MyWinLocker and the problem stopped. Excellent :) Thank you guys for your collaborative help; people are awesome!

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03 Jul 2016   #9

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

Thanks for letting us know. FYI - there is another recent post on the issue here:
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04 Jul 2016   #10

Windows 7 HP 64

My experience with Windows (any kind) is that after two years it doesn't work as it used to. My suggestion is to reinstall it.
- Back up all your files. Don't use the transfer wizard as it will import register data that my be causing the actual problem.
- Normally laptops comes with a BIOS reinstall wizard that will reformat your HDD and reinstall Windows.
- After reinstall, run Windows update with Recommended Updates Unchecked (so it doesn't install Win10). Install the essentials programs and run Windows update with Recommended Updates Unchecked. Now it's a good time to create an image of your installation so you can restore it in the future.
Install all other programs an restore your backup ed files.
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