XP Explorer Common Tasks selection locks up Explorer

By wrleeii ·
In my XP Pro Media Center, when Explorer (not Internet Explorer) is open with the "common tasks" column on the left, clicking on any of the any of the "Other Places" selections, e.g., My Documents, My Computer, etc. causes Explore to hang. Eventually I have to kill it (whereupon all the other Explorer windows and the Taskbar close it restarts itself). I do not remember if those links have ever worked... it is just plain annoying! What can I do to fix this (I'm sure it isn't by design ;-) )


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Something to check...

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to XP Explorer Common Tasks ...

The few times I've run into the situation you described, I found it related to an ill behaving program that added choices to the context menu. Even though the Explorer freeze is not happening when right-clicking.

Try using ShellExView to see if there are any you can remove or disable.

and run HijackThis and look for listings marked as "Extra Context Menu Item".

No guarantee that it will resolve your issue, but it's worth a shot.

In another direction, the second half of this M$ article deals with a similar issue:

I also seem to remember a similar situation that occurred where Kodak Picture software was the cause.

Other than that, you may want to check Event Viewer to see if there are any clues to the cause.


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Good to know!

by wrleeii In reply to Something to check...

Cool! Thanks... I'm away from home for a few weeks, but I will have to look into this when I get back... I figure it is something arcane like that.

I do have SP2, so I guess that isn't it, but I'll check to see what kind of junk I have installed.

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