Windows problem

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  1. kumar_a

    kumar_a Well-Known Member

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    I keep getting the "Windows explorer has encountered a problem and needs to shut down" message whenever I click on any folder on the hard drive. The problem started about a month ago and would happen randomly.

    Anything I can do except reinstall XP?

    Any way to save some of my documents since I cant seem to open any folder? Start in safe mode maybe?
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    If you have your XP disc, try this first.

    Go to Start, and copy and paste this into your run menu:

    sfc /scannow

    then insert your XP disc. Windows will do a file repair of your os.

    That may fix the problem.
     
  3. kumar_a

    kumar_a Well-Known Member

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    I just came back to post that I tried the sfc /scannow and it didnt fix the problem. I ran it again and it seems to have fixed it for now. BTW, I tried it all w/o the XP disc.

    Then I read your suggestion. Thanks
     
  4. Stilgar1973

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    If this were me, now that I got it working I would do a backup.

    If what caused this is hardware related it may come back.
     
  5. DaIceMan

    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    I'd starting looking at new hard drives and reinstall windows. Slave your current drive and get the data off ASAP. I just had a western digital drive do the same thing this week, and it progressed to get worse. It started making screeching noises and was VERY hot to the touch. I promptly slaved it, got my data off of it, and moved it to the dead parts box.
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Cool.

    And just to be safe, I would do like these guys are suggesting and back everything up that you need to keep.
     
  7. kumar_a

    kumar_a Well-Known Member

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    Is it easy to swap hard drives on a laptop? Ive done it on a tower before but not on a laptop.

    I already backed up the few important documents I need like my router settings etc.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    It can vary.

    On some laptops, it's just a couple of screws. And on others, it's a lot more work.
     

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