[Fixed] Problems with Explorer.exe and Explorer++

skeezix

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My computer has been running nicely on the Windows Vista OS for the last few months. Today I tried to add a new user and then I began getting some peculiar problems so I deleted that new user. Then I tried to open Windows Explorer but it failed. I saw that explorer.exe was missing from my System32 folder so I copied explorer.exe from my Windows 10 computer to the Vista computer .Then I tried to load explorer.exe (Windows Explorer) and it failed with an Application Error. The app error read "...failed to initialize properly (0xc0000142). Click OK...". That was followed by a message saying, "Windows Explorer has stopped working."

So I clicked OK and opened my alternate file manager Explorer++.exe. It opened correctly. However, when I clicked on Start>Settings>Control Panel>Welcome Center an error message came up that said "Application not found".

I clicked OK and then got the same results when I clicked on the Backup and Restore Center, the System, the Windows Update, the Power Options, the Problem Reports and Solutions, the Performance Information and Tools, the Windows Anytime Upgrade, and the Administrative tools. Other things in the Control Panel seemed to come up okay.

And I got the same results for Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features, Default Programs, and Windows SideShow.

So then I tried to uninstall Explorer++ but I couldn't because I couldn't get into the Programs and Features part of the control panel using either Explorer++ or Windows Explorer.

I tried restoring using the options in Bios power-up boot menu and was not successful. I didn't try restoring back to the original operation system because the last time I did that it took several long, long hours. So I thought I'd ask here if there is something else I can try before I reinstall Windows Vista from the original diskettes.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP a6400f
    Memory
    3GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 19-Inch
    Screen Resolution
    1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB
    Internet Speed
    Not connected

townsbg

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So replacing windows explorer which is a critical component of Windows from Windows version 10 to 6.0 didn't work? There are all kinds of major changes since then. That's 4 major versions of Windows and countless minor ones. 10 itself goes through an overhaul every year. It's an entirely separate user interface. I suspect your only recourse would be a repair install but you can try an sfc first. Follow this guide for the different repair methods. Repair Vista Options - Preferred Sequence
 
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wither 3

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I don't know if you have a 32 bit system or 64 bit system but, on this 64 bit system, explorer.exe is in the SysWOW64 folder, not the System32 folder.

I wouldn't reinstall from the original discs since they probably don't have all the updates and you can't use the Windows Updater anymore. I would try the SFC first, as mentioned by townsbg and if that doesn't help, run a System Restore Point, if you have one. That's also in the link provided by townsbg.

Just my 2 cents worth.
 

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System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
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    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
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    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
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    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
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    Viewsonic VG2436
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    Samsung HD 105SI
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skeezix

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Thank you for you help!

I repaired the system by running a System Restore Point file that I created in June 2020 and then I found explorer.exe in C:\Windows. Don't know why it had completely disappeared from my computer but oh well...:think:

I appreciate the mention of SFC, I had forgotten about that. I'll run it after I finish this posting and I'll remove Explorer++ too.

I do have Vista 32 running on the computer, and I'm not opposed to reinstalling Windows Vista from my disks because the system will not be connected to the internet.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP a6400f
    Memory
    3GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 19-Inch
    Screen Resolution
    1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB
    Internet Speed
    Not connected

wither 3

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Glad it worked. Don't forget to set a new restore point.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

skeezix

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>>Don't forget to set a new restore point."<<
Uhhh, I forgot.
Thanks for reminding me! I read your reply and then created one. Thanks again!
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP a6400f
    Memory
    3GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 19-Inch
    Screen Resolution
    1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB
    Internet Speed
    Not connected

townsbg

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Have you learned your lesson? Use official sources of repair as mentioned in the guide I posted rather than just replacing files from other versions of Windows or especially the internet. Any other errors need to be fixed using a repair or a restore even if the error mentions a specif file. The fun part about debugging a Window crashing issue is that the issue isn't with any specific file (even if one is listed) but it could be with a related file. File example an error might mention file a but file a is accessing file b or file b is accessing file a. The issue causing the crash could be with either file. A repair will check all critical system files and hopefully that would fix the issue.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro x64
    Manufacturer/Model
    Mid 2010 iMac
    CPU
    Quad core 3.2 Ghz Intel I3
    Memory
    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 mb ram
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
    Other Info
    N/A
  • Operating System
    Windows 2012 R2 Data center/Linux Mint
    Manufacturer/Model
    Poweredge T140
    CPU
    i3 9100 3.6GHz, 8M cache, 4C/4T
    Memory
    8GB 2666MT/s DDR4 ECC UDIMM
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB & 360 GB

skeezix

Member
Yes, I learned my lesson! :redface:
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Windows Vista SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP a6400f
    Memory
    3GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 19-Inch
    Screen Resolution
    1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB
    Internet Speed
    Not connected

wither 3

Vista Guru
Gold Member
>>Don't forget to set a new restore point."<<
Uhhh, I forgot.
Thanks for reminding me! I read your reply and then created one. Thanks again!
;)
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps
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