I know this has probably been talked to death, as I've seen in on several "tech" and "windows" forums, but no viable solutions as yet.
First, Running Windows XP home, ver. 51. build 2600 xp_sp2. 1gig ram
For some reason, when I open Windows explorer.exe from either the (1) desktop shortcut (2) the program under accessories or (3) clicking the explorer.exe file in the windows folder (all suggestions on other forums...) I get the same problem:
When opening files (particularly video clips with Windows Media Player) after the third or fourth file, an error message comes saying "explorer has cause an error and must close". I can ignore the error window, and open 2 or 3 more clips (or text documents, or music files....at this point it doesn't matter) and then explorer closes. The desktop clears, as does the taskbar, then all reappear. but explorer has closed and must be reopened again. and again. and...... ad nauseum.
I have done the obvious scans: spyware, virus, registry etc. and cleaned up various problems, files etc. but no joy on this one. I tried the SFC /scannow sequence and it won't recognize my original Win XP CD, (nor does an option come up to point to the cached windows folders...)
Microsoft acknowledges the problem in Explorer.exe may generate an application error but the listed Duser.dll link doesn't work. Others have said this has not really worked.
I did several system restores back to a time B4 this all started happening, (before a bunch of XP updates, and before they were loaded - and after they were loaded) with no change. that leads me to believe it is not a registry problem, but something loading or a damaged .dll or app file. ??
I have no other application problems at this time other than this. Explorer.exe is probably my most used application for file management, so constantly closing is extremely annoying. It mostly happens when using Window media player .wmv, .mpeg. mp3, etc. but once the error comes up. Get ready to close. Any insights would be appreciated.