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Windows XP, can't open Windows Explorer and associated programs.

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By temir
Nov 3, 2010
  1. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    Click "Cancel" and continue repair.
     
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    Oh, sorry, you can't use either device. Hold on...
     
  3. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    Tough decision now, but I suppose, you have no choice but turn computer off manually, hook up your USB mouse/keyboard and start the process again.
     
  4. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Ok, thanx! I'll let you know :)
     
  5. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    I'll be around :)
     
  6. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Well, after all i eventually did the Windows Repair installation, the process was successful, but the worst thing is that Windows Explorer won't open.
     
  7. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Well no, it's a little bit different. By chance i started explorer.exe from the Run Window (Start->Run) and it did start Wndows Explorer successfuly, but then Windows Explorer had problems and didn't respond when i tried to go into different folders etc... So i noticed that sometimes from the Run window i can start Windows Explorer, but it's almost useless, 'cause it crashes then...
     
  8. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    Well, unfortunately, we have some major Windows files corruption, which repair installation was not able to fix.

    I see no other option, but to back up your data and reinstall Windows.
    I'm sorry for not having better news :(
     
  9. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    yes, that's not so good... THANK YOU VERY MUCH ANYWAY!!! You Were of GREAT HELP!!!

    So what antivirus/security program do you suggest me? And do you suggest me to install Windows 7 or not?
     
  10. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    You're welcome :)

    - Avast! free antivirus: http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
    - Avira free antivirus: http://www.free-av.com/en/download/1/avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html

    Antispyware tools:

    - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (trial version is fully functionable): http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
    - SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition: http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html


    It would depend on computer specs.
    You'd need dual core processor and at least 2GB of RAM to start with.
    Video card with 512MB of RAM.
    Some bigger hard drive, say 250GB at least.
     
  11. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Ok, thanx! And another question.
    If i have a 250 GB hard drive for example, when i want to install an OS, for example Win XP or Win 7 do you suggest to create different partitions and if yes what distribution of space would you suggest? THANK YOU!!!
     
     
  12. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    Some people do this, but it doesn't make much sense to me.
    What I do, I create hard drive image, which I update once a week.
    If something goes wrong, I can use an image from a week ago and I'm back in business in about an hour, or so.

    Acronis True Image: http://www.acronis.com/ - not free, but the best

    Free alternatives:
    - Macrium Reflect: http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp
    - DriveImage XML: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm (tutorial: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial160.html)
    - SelfImage: http://www.excelcia.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=21
    - Paragon Drive Backup: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/
     
  13. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Ok. :)
    Thanks again!!!
    Good Night!!!
     
  14. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    You're welcome :)
     
  15. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Hi again!
    Do you remember when you found different explorer.exe files and told me to try all of them and tell you which of these works. At that time when i was trying to open those explorer.exe files i didn't close the actual explorer.exe i was using. Now i did the following:

    I closed from the Task Manager the present running process explorer.exe and loaded one by one those explorer.exe files and i discovered that those explorer.exe files work and Windows Explorer works with them, with some problems. I can't go to My Computer, where i see all of my Hard Drives and Internet Explorer still doesn't work.
     
  16. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    "My Computer" is basically same as Windows Explorer, so once we fix Windows Explorer, "My Computer should work too.

    Which one is working?
    C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe --a---- 1032192 bytes [12:00 10/08/2004] [12:00 10/08/2004] A0732187050030AE399B241436565E64
    C:\WINDOWS\ERDNT\cache\explorer.exe --a---- 1032192 bytes [12:53 02/05/2010] [12:00 10/08/2004] A0732187050030AE399B241436565E64
    C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\9866fb57abdc0ea2f5d4e132d055ba4e\e xplorer.exe --a---- 1033728 bytes [00:12 14/04/2008] [00:12 14/04/2008] 12896823FB95BFB3DC9B46BCAEDC9923
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\explorer.exe --a--c- 1032192 bytes [12:00 10/08/2004] [12:00 10/08/2004] A0732187050030AE399B241436565E64

    The one in bold?

    What about IE? It doesn't open at all, or...?

    I have to go to work now, so I'll catch you later.
     
  17. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Hurray!!! I did it! As i understand in all this mess i only had to update my IE6 to the new IE8 through Safe Mode. I did so and everything's alright!!! For now at least it seems so. :)

    THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL THE OUTSTANDING HELP!!! YOU ARE GREAT!!!
     
  18. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    Good news :)
    What about Windows Explorer issue?
     
  19. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    Windows Explorer works perfectly now! :)
     
  20. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    Woohoo!!

    Make sure to reset your restore points, so you have nice, fresh, clean one.
     
  21. temir

    temir TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 87

    ok :)
    Good Night!
     
  22. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 47,163   +264

    Good luck :)
     
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