When dealing with Windows Explorer errors, you either have to close the program or file you are working on or trying to access or have to restart your computer, depending on the severity of the error. It is disruptive to our routine, and causes a loss in productivity as we try to figure a way around the errors.
Causes of Explorer Errors
The first thing we have to look at is a virus and/or spyware infection. They can wreak havoc on a computer and cause a wide assortment of errors as they will seriously damage your registry. It’s also possible that your registry was damaged through other means and you are now getting the Windows Explorer errors.
First Step with Computer Infections
The first thing we need to do is make sure your computer is clean of infections. You will want to update both your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. You may need to update each more than once to get them fully up to date. Then do a full scan on all of your hard drives with each program.
Registry Errors 101
Registry errors are any errors in the core programming code of your Windows operating system. These errors can be corrupt or missing files, ActiveX errors, empty registry keys, .dll errors, or even links to programs or files you no longer have on your computer. Registry errors can lead to a slew of strange errors, programs hanging, system crashes, a slow computer, or even the dreaded blue screen of death.
Repairing Registry Errors
In the past, you would manually go into the registry and fix the errors yourself. This process was time consuming. If you deleted the wrong files, you could turn your computer into a paperweight.
To manually fix registry errors you:
- Click on the Start button on the lower left of your desktop
- Go to run, and type “regedit” in the box
- Click the Next button
- Click the OK button
- A box will appear for you to name the file you are backing up. Choose a name for the file, and then back up.
- Now look at the left side of the box and view all of your Registry Files. There will be a whole slew of files. Click on the titles to view the files in them.
- Good luck finding the one/ones you are looking for!
Today we have registry cleaners, which are programs written specifically to scan the registry for errors, then go in and fix those errors.
For more information on registry cleaners and how they can fix Explorer errors, you should be able to find some useful information here.