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I frequently get two error messages when browsing folders in windows. The first says(and I can only translate loosely, since I do not have the English version): "This program has been closed for security reasons" "Name: Windows Explorer". When I close this message a second one appears, informing me that explorer.exe discovered a problem and had to be closed.

This really happens all the time. I think especially when the folders are open for some time and I then try to navigate through them again. The folders are all closed and the menu bar at the bottom disappears. Then the explorer.exe starts again by itself and everything works again like before, except the folders are all closed.

Any ideas what may cause that?
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What Version of i.e u using on xp?
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XP is very outdated, i highly recommend you switch to Windows 7.
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XP is very outdated, i highly recommend you switch to Windows 7.
Yes and no, Yes windows 7 is now newer but, there are still millions using it becuase its a much more stable o/s and school's still use it because it's cheap and M$ have a deal with it and wont update it to windows 7.

So students learn how to use win xp which means they would rather have xp as a os.

Plus some people dont want to spend the £100 on windows 7 when xp does everything they need perfectly fine.

And with all the problems windows 7 had with Sp1 and other updates for the time being stick with xp untill sp2 comes out with all the fixes.
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Thanks, I also have Win 7 64 installed, but mostly use XP 32, since I play a lot of older games which are much easier to run on XP and except for that error I don't see any huge difference in performance or comfort.

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What Version of i.e u using on xp?
I don't use internet explorer(if the acronym i.e. stands for that) at all, I use firefox.
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Right sorry my mistake I read explorer and thought of I.e (yea it stands for Internet explorer) Have you installed any service packs recently?
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Right sorry my mistake I read explorer and thought of I.e (yea it stands for Internet explorer) Have you installed any service packs recently?
Not recently, but the problem is not that new as well. But I use Win XP 32 Pro with Service Pack 3.
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Could well be a corupt file i would recommend uninstall sp3 and re-install is as it will reinstall all the important command files its defo worth a shot and will only take a few mins
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Thanks, I also have Win 7 64 installed, but mostly use XP 32, since I play a lot of older games which are much easier to run on XP and except for that error I don't see any huge difference in performance or comfort.



I don't use internet explorer(if the acronym i.e. stands for that) at all, I use firefox.
Well besides that, in most directx 9 games, xp performs faster overall than 7, especially on older cpus.

Have you used any registry cleaner?that may be the cause. In that case restore the back up registry or use a system restore. Does this occur also in safe mode?

I had a similar problem but when i upgraded from ie6 to 8, windows explorer stopped crashing. Windows explorer and internet explorer are depending on each other.
Another problem is that it takes sometimes a long time to open a folder though after defrag it was solved. It also refuses to shut down sometimes, though hibernation works. Have to stop some services i think.

See if you have a similar problem.
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Just taking a stab in the dark, but the first two things I would look for is a failing hard drive, or malware. Try running HD Tune and view the Smart values of your hard drive and make sure you have no red flags. Also check that there are no errors or damaged blocks.

Try running an antivirus program, as well as Malwarebytes just to rule out any malware or viruses.

Last thing you could try is a repair install. Provided you have a disk.
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