Windows Explorer crashes...

By Bark4Soul ยท 7 replies
Mar 9, 2007
  1. I dont know where to start with this, ever since I formatted, certain /avi's make my windows explorer crash when I try to access it, can anyone tell me why this would be or can I post something for someone? 've been trying to watch an eisode of 24 for days now and I cant cause it's crashing my stuff! Please, any ideas here would help at least give me insight as to why this is going down!!
  2. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    That`s the old thumbnail preview problem.

    Windows trys to show thumbnails of vids and pics,only

    it crashes Explorer in the process.

    To turn off previews -

    Go to Start/Run/and type - regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll click OK.

    to turn them on again(if you want to) regsvr32 shmedia.dll

    You can copy and paste those into the run box.

    More HERE
  3. Bark4Soul

    Bark4Soul TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 74

    Well now my Windows Media Player is crashing too, I did what u suggested earlier, and tested it, the first video crashed my WMP, any other ideas....heh?
  4. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Did you look at that LINK I gave you ?

    That explains how to deregister both media and image previews,

    using run commands.I`m not saying you didn`t do it right,but maybe I am really :p

    There is also a registry fix if your comfortable in the registry(backup the key first) -

    Run regedit and find the following key :-


    Delete the "Default" value then close.

    Please read that link first. There are a few other ways of achieving the same result.
  5. Bark4Soul

    Bark4Soul TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 74

    Imma try and get the newest version of DivX, it seemed to fix some of those guy issues then ill mess with Reg Edit, thanx Po!
  6. dattyy

    dattyy TS Rookie

    Bark4soul, I have the same problems as you have described. I've tried the

    1) Open a command window (Start->Run, type in 'cmd' hit enter)
    2) To remove image preview, type and hit enter
    regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll
    4) To remove media preview, type and hit enter
    regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll

    from the prescribed link to disable my media and image previews. But, that only fixes the explorer crashing problem. My WMP (and WMC) still crashes when I attempt to play an avi file.

    I've tried to delete the default key but it's read only (I don't have permission to delete or remove the read-only permission).

    I've even amended the
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE >SOFTWARE >Classes > CLSID > {87D62D94-71B3-4b9a-9489-5FE6850DC73E}> InProcServer32

    key according to this post (which was a link from your link Po).

    Have you fixed the problem Bark4soul or do you have any other ideas Po'Girl?
  7. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 308

    Maybe update your codecs on your machine. You may not have the correct codecs installed for whatever avi u r trying to watch.
  8. dattyy

    dattyy TS Rookie

    I uninstalled and reinstalled my codec's and that seems to have fixed the problem. Thanks windmill007!!
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