Scott Hanselman

Windows Explorer sucks less today (for me)

September 14, 2005 Comment on this post [7] Posted in Tools
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ExplorersuckslessMan, the latest version of Autoruns (from July) kicks the llama's ass. OMG a lot of things are running in my startup. Anyway, for the last three weeks on my home system, explorer.exe started disappearing. Not crashing in that spectacular way. Not crashing in that Dr. Watson way, no, no. You've seen this...when Explorer is there...then it's not. Poof. And it was happening every 10 minutes or so. All. Day. Long.

Needless to say it was driving me nuts. So, I started up Autoruns and removed EVERYTHING from the Internet Explorer tab as something in my gut was telling me it was inproc to IE and not a shell extension for Explorer. Anyway, it's surprising how stable Explorer is when there's no craplets running in its memory space. :)

Sigh. You know, I'm just not that interested in trying to figure out which of them it was yet. One day. For now, I'm craplet-less.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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September 14, 2005 12:05
If you want, I can tell you my technique of cleaning up computer :)
It includes partitioning, Ghost and such...
September 14, 2005 19:13
I have another one: don't put crap on it! :)
September 14, 2005 21:09
Isn't that really more like an exorcism?
September 14, 2005 21:30
Heh...more like an explorcism.
September 15, 2005 10:22
Hey Dimtri - don't tell Scott not to put crap on his computer. If he wasn't experimenting with this junk every day he wouldn't find the good stuff, and then there'd be no ultimate tools list.

Scott - Pleeeease do continue to use your PC as a virtual toilet.
September 15, 2005 15:32
I had some odd issues with the Google toolbar once...and I won't go into details about how MSN toolbar affects everything.
September 16, 2005 20:24
Coincidentally I had the same problem start a few weeks ago. Thanks to Scott's hunch on the problem being something inproc with Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer is running stably for me again.

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