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Explorer.EXE Access Violation

By omensah ·
Lately, when I log onto my Win NT server, Dr. Watson comes up with a message to the effect that Explorer.exe had caused an access violation. My desktop would crash and my only choice to launch my applications is through The Task Manager (via its Run New Task option). I have searched thoroughly Microsoft's KBase but have had not much success. Can someone help.?

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by Oz_Media In reply to Explorer.EXE Access Viola ...

If you are not getting details about the module creating the violation in Explorer, try turning off Dr.Watson and restarting normally, this should generate the generic Windows error message with a details button to offer more info as to which module is crashing Exlpore.exe. POST back with details.

The other thing to try is checking the startup programs and removing all but the neccessary programs. You may just have a corrupted program that is crashing as windows loads.

Update all software, graphics and sound drivers.

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by w2ktechman In reply to Explorer.EXE Access Viola ...

if the above does not work, try reloading the service pack, or at minimum, reload explorer.exe.

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by mwc In reply to Explorer.EXE Access Viola ...

I ran into this before. The error comes with loading of the GUI explorer interface. I bet your desktop is almost blank correct? Try logging in a differant account if you get the same error I agree w2ktechman try to reload Service pack other wise the coruption is in the profile and you will need to delete it and recreate it. May also try running a repair from CD install or using ERD if you made one.
Good Luck

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by bjcee In reply to Explorer.EXE Access Viola ...

If you are still having problems after doing all of the above, try using adware removal (lavasoft ad-aware 6). I have hade the same prob before and it was down to adware.

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