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Hey Everybody

Well here's the problem. Usually if you have some sort of crash or if explorer.exe is hogging to much ram, you could just simply go to task manager and close it. then

File
New Task (Run)
and you would type in explorer.exe and everything would be working nicely. You would have your taskbar back, windowkey + E would bring up Windows Explorer, right click on desktop would bring up desktop options, etc.

But now this is not my case. Instead,when i try to run explorer.exe again. i just get an Windows Explorer window displaying the My Documents folder.

Does someone know what could be causing this problem. A scan for malware, virus, trojans, etc. results in nothing.

If anyone has any idea, it would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)
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If anyone needs some more information to help me out, then i'll be more than happy to comply.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for trying to help me out.
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There is definitely something wrong with your computer.

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")

Go Start>Run ("Start Search" in Vista), type in:
sfc /scannow
Click OK (hit Enter in Vista).
Have Windows CD/DVD handy.
If System File Checker (sfc) will find any errors, it may ask you for the CD/DVD.
If sfc won't find any errors in Windows XP, it'll simply quit, without any message.
In Vista you will receive the following message: "Windows resource protection did not find any integrity violations".

Navigate to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS folder. You'll see CBS.log file.
Usually, it's pretty big file, so upload it here: http://www.uploadbigfiles.net/, and post download link.

Edited by Broni, 22 January 2009 - 06:02 PM.

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Broni,

Thanks for looking at my case.

Here are my system specs

Processor Type : Intel Core 2 DuoCPU t7250 @2.00GHZ
Memory: 2 gigs
System Type: 32-bit Operating System

Vista Home Premium SP1


Ran the sfc, and it turned out nothing incorrect.


Tried to upload the log file to the site you told me, but it seems not to be working. so i uploaded it to the rapidshare site.

http://rapidshare.co...02/CBS.log.html


thanks in advance for your help!!
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Serious number of files were actually repaired by "sfc".
Is your computer any better?
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Well...right now i just went into task manager and closed Explorer.exe. As normal the taskbar disappeared along with all right-click funtions for the desktop (i'm assuming icons disappear also, its just that i have them hidden as default).

So i tried to restart the shell once again, New Task, explorer.exe and i get nothing. the only thing that happens is that a windows explorer window opens up in MY DOCUMENTS folder.

same as before. very wierd stuff.
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Do you have Vista DVD?
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No, i have partion of my Harddrive dedicated to a recovery files.

The funny thing is that I just reinstalled Vista like 2 weeks ago.
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Using Recovery Partition?
What brand of computer is it?
You don't have Recovery CDs, or a possibility to create them?
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I have a HP laptop

and yes i just finished making Recovery Disks
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See, if they're gonna work...
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thats just going to make my laptop go back to factory settings, which is what i did like 3 weeks ago already.

that means i have to redo everything again, i already spent hours getting it back to how it was before i did that 3 weeks ago. there has to be another solution to this.
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This is what I can see...
Your system files are definitely messed up.
There may be few reasons for it...
Either something happened between your last reinstall, and now, or the last reinstall didn't go well.
There is a chance, your recovery partition files is corrupted, so it's worth to try CDs.
On the other hand, you may have hard drive problem, which would cause problems with correct Windows install.
You may try to run HD diagnostic: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
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