In an effort to offer a high performance system, Windows Server 2003 takes a couple of shortcuts that can prove more frustrating than useful. One of these shortcuts involves running all desktop-related functions—including Explorer, the desktop itself, and individual windows—in a single process.
While this shortcut is great from a system performance standpoint, it can be less than useful if you have a particular application that's prone to crashing a section of the desktop or a folder. Unfortunately, this scenario can mean a single problem can bring down Explorer, the desktop, and open windows. And that isn't an ideal situation!
You can change this behavior by modifying the registry. Follow these steps:
You must restart the server after this change for it to take effect, so make sure to do it after-hours.
Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.