Windows Explorer copy/paste/drag broken

By ericthornton43 ·
I am using Windows XP on my work machine. For the last month or so I have not been able to copy/paste files or even drag/drop files in Windows Explorer. When I try to drag a file to another folder, I get the error:

Drag: explorer.exe - Application error

The instruction at "0x00000000" referenced memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "written".

If I try to copy/paste a file, I get the same error when I try to paste, except without the "Drag:" at the beginning. The "0x00000000" is literal, those zeroes are not placeholders for other values.

This also happens when I try to rename or delete a folder.

I have done a lot of searching and could not find a solution for this. chkdsk did not find any errors. Copy/paste functions fine within applications, and I can make the file movements via the command line with no problem.

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What about running System File Checker?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Windows Explorer copy/pas ...

Open the Run Box type in SFC and then insert your original Install Disc/Recovery Disc and follow the prompts.

Note before doing this you should backup your entire system as while it shouldn't adversely affect the Data or Settings anything is possible under Windows.

You'll also need to reapply any Service Packs and Hot Fixes for the OS that have been released since your Install/Recovery Disc was made.


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