From: gA on
I have Windows XP Pro. Windows Explorer often (not always) crashes
whenever I open a folder that contains images/videos, or try to
view pictures, or move them around.

I thought of doing a System Restore, but it doesn't work. Any help
appreciated. Thanks in advance.
- gA
From: Lawrence´┐ŻLogic on

"gA" <realty(a)ualberta.net> wrote in message
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>I have Windows XP Pro. Windows Explorer often (not always) crashes whenever
>I open a folder that contains images/videos, or try to view pictures, or
>move them around.
>
> I thought of doing a System Restore, but it doesn't work. Any help
> appreciated. Thanks in advance.
>

You may have a problem related to "preview". I had the same problem a few
years ago and this actually fixed it...

The following is from
http://www.moviecodec.com/general/xp-windows-explorer-avi-problem-3588/.

[start of quote]

Hi anonymous, many tks, I found it and here's the text for anyone else who
may have the same problem sometime. "Windows XP Explorer has a 'feature' to
provide a preview in the Details box on the left of the file you have
selected, if it's supported. Image files, HTML pages, video clips, MP3s, etc
are all previewed (even with the folder view open).

If you have a large movie clip and it either is corrupt (ie. no index from a
partial download) or it uses an unsupported codec, then Explorer tries to
load the whole file. This can slow your computer a lot and prevent
deleting/renaming/moving/etc the file until it's finished.

Simply do the following steps:

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

3) To readd image preview, type and hit enter
regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

4) To remove media preview, type and hit enter
regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll

5) To readd media preview, type and hit enter
regsvr32 shmedia.dll

[end of quote]

Steps 3 and 5 should be ignored if you want to leave "preview" off.
Presuming that steps 2 and/or 4 fix your problem, maybe you could perform
steps 3 and/or 5 to verify that "preview" was your problem.

Let me (and everyone else) know whether you're successful in eradicating
your problem.

--
Lawrence
"They're French, so they surrendered immediately!" - NATO Captain - 22 April
2009