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explorer.exe problems

  1. #11


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    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MasterChief View Post
    Doesn't ShellExView have an option to disable all non-Microsoft entries?

    I think so. If it does, obvious thing to do is that, as a test.

    But ya: Killdisk/install Win

    Divide and conquer is what it's about. I agree. MS or non-MS. Then if one group has the bad one, one by one.
    Killing Non MS handlers and rebooting had no effect. Are you suggesting trying MS handlers one at a time?

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Are you suggesting trying MS handlers one at a time?
    The group with the bad handler should be winnowed one at a time. Not the group with no bad handler.
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  3. #13


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    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Are you suggesting trying MS handlers one at a time?
    The group with the bad handler should be winnowed one at a time. Not the group with no bad handler.
    Please read my post above, then tell me how to find "The group with the bad handler". What am I missing?

    If the suggestion is to turn off the Microsoft handlers one at a time, I have 2 questions:

    1) How do I avoid turning off a critical handler? Re-phrasing, how do I pick handlers to test while maximizing chances of success and minimizing chances of causing a critical error that prevents boot up?

    2) What if one of the MS handlers is "bad"? What can I do to fix it?
    Last edited by leeelson; 18 Feb 2014 at 17:32.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    If you disable all MS handlers and the problem goes away, that was the group with the bad handler. Since that did not happen, the bad handler, if that is the cause, must be in the non-MS group. It's common sense. In diagnostics it's called "divide and conquer." Often the divide and conquer will be to determine if the cause is hardware or software. In the case where there is no likely fix found by search or experience or whatever, it's a method to narrow the scope of the issue until you either give up on the diagnosis or come to a conclusion as to the cause.

    It may be quicker to just reinstall. Explorer is known to be quirky. It's up to you how much time you want to invest before taking the path that may be less desirable(reinstalling) but should be deterministic as getting the OS to install does not usually linger for weeks.

    There are so many shell extension around that it might be good to learn to troubleshoot them. It's up to you.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    If you run out of ideas, this is probably your next best option (as previously suggested):

    How to Do a Repair Install of Windows 8 and 8.1 without Losing Anything
    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/26095-repair-install-windows-8-a.html
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  6. #16


    Posts : 20
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    If you disable all MS handlers and the problem goes away, that was the group with the bad handler. Since that did not happen, the bad handler, if that is the cause, must be in the non-MS group. It's common sense. In diagnostics it's called "divide and conquer." Often the divide and conquer will be to determine if the cause is hardware or software. In the case where there is no likely fix found by search or experience or whatever, it's a method to narrow the scope of the issue until you either give up on the diagnosis or come to a conclusion as to the cause.

    It may be quicker to just reinstall. Explorer is known to be quirky. It's up to you how much time you want to invest before taking the path that may be less desirable(reinstalling) but should be deterministic as getting the OS to install does not usually linger for weeks.

    There are so many shell extension around that it might be good to learn to troubleshoot them. It's up to you.
    ShellExView doesn't allow *all* MS handlers to be turned off (except by turning each one off one at a time). This is probably for good reason since the OS can be crippled to the point where booting is impossible. All I know is that the problem does not lie with the non MS handlers since turning them off did nothing.

    If there is a problem with a handler, I'd like to find it but unless I'm missing something, ShellExView (divide and conquer notwithstanding) won't help me without a *great* deal of work.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    won't help me without a *great* deal of work.
    Sometimes there aren't any shortcuts. I don't see how disabling a context menu handler will disable Windows. But I have no desire to argue it. Good luck with it.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 20
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    If you run out of ideas, this is probably your next best option (as previously suggested):

    How to Do a Repair Install of Windows 8 and 8.1 without Losing Anything
    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/26095-repair-install-windows-8-a.html
    This worked and was relatively painless once I figured out some workarounds. Bottom line: explorer.exe has been restored to its normal condition..Thanks for your input.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Glad you got it working again and thanks for that acknowledgement as well.

    my2cents
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