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Windows XP system - explorer crashes

Everytime I try to do so something in windows explorer, e.g., copy or move files - windows explorer crashes.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • harney240z Dec 28, 2008

    I have defragged and deleted the temp files. 8GB of free space on my hard drive. Still the same problem. Thank you for all help you can provide.

  • harney240z Dec 29, 2008

    The problem did not start after an install and my windows is up to date. Unfortunately, it crashes with nothing else running.

    Any other ideas? I appreciate your help.



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Need way more data for this. First, how much free space on hard drive? Empty all temp files and run clean up/defrag

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

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    djxtreme979 Dec 28, 2008

    Did this problem start after installing something? If so, try removing the software/program and trying again. If not, make sure you update your pc from windows update especially IE and see if that helps. Something is conflicting and causing the crash. Does the same thing happen if you have nothing else open?

  • djxtreme979
    djxtreme979 Dec 29, 2008

    Ok, see if you have a restore point to just before the update or new install and go back to it. You won't lose anything and shoulf fix issue. I always create restore point before installing or updating, sometimes saves big hassle.



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