Windows Explorer Keeps Crashing - How To Fix It

Published: 05th June 2009
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If Windows Explorer keeps crashing, then your PC may be long overdue for what is known as a Windows registry tune up.

Have you already tried running any type of anti-virus software on your PC?

How about spyware removal software?

If you have run both of these things and cleaned up your system, and yet still, Windows Explorer keeps crashing, then you may have a situation on your hands. More than likely your system is suffering from an unoptimized or corrupted Windows registry.

The Windows registry is your operating system's master database. All of the information about all of the hardware, software, user accounts, networking, security, and operating system behavior are stored in this database. So every time you make a change on your system, such as adding new hardware, whether it is something you place inside your PC or even if you just plug in a USB device, the Windows registry gets updated with information about the new hardware. The same applies to software applications or even games that you install or uninstall on your computer. And every time you surf the Internet and download files, whether they are images, documents, music, or movies, Windows must read from or write to the Windows registry.

Over time, the registry can become corrupted and unoptimized. In plain English, what that basically means is there could be outdated, missing, or invalid information in the database. It also means that the database is too large and that there's a lot of wasted space.

If these situations were to occur, then your Windows Explorer will become extremely slow and unresponsive, your system will freeze up, and even crash.
The simplest remedy, if your Windows Explorer keeps crashing is to give your PC a tune-up

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