explorer.exe does not run on startup

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by manos, Jul 10, 2008.

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    manos Guest

    Hello and thanks for your time.

    Every time I boot my computer, the process freezes when it's time to
    run explorer.exe. For some unknown reason, it won't load on its own. I
    can overcome the problem by using the task manager (File -> New task ->
    "explorer"), but this has to be done every time I boot.

    I would appreciate some help to find a permanent solution.

    Thanks in advance.

    manos, Jul 10, 2008
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Run regedit from the start/search line, go to this key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Locate the shell entry in the right pane and double click it. Replace the
    contents with just:


    Click ok, then close the registry editor and restart the system.
    Rick Rogers, Jul 10, 2008
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    patmos5o Guest

    Thanks for the post. This worked for me.

    patmos5o, Jul 10, 2008
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    manos Guest

    I will give some more info, hoping this will help you help me

    The problem started after I manually turned off my computer, because o
    a system crash. At that moment, windows explorer was open, showing th
    contents of C:\texts. Now, every time I log in Windows, the only thin
    that appears on the screen is that window showing the contents o
    C:\texts. Nothing else is displayed (no wallpaper, no desktop icons, n
    start menu), until I manually run explorer.exe via the task manager

    How can I make them appear automatically again on system startup

    Thanks in advance

    manos, Jul 12, 2008
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    Dap7 Guest

    I had this problem and at last found solution!
    If it is the same what in my case, try:

    open registry (menu Start -> run (or run Comand prompt): regedit).

    open: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ Current
    Version \ Winlogon

    At right pane there is "Shell". The value of it must be "explorer.exe"
    (and nothing more - in my case there was activedebugger.exe too, when I
    removed it explorer start appear on startup).

    I hope it help :)

    Dap7, Jul 21, 2008
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    wildfirebill Guest

    Thanks mate been running it like that forever. Didn't want to reinstal
    vista cause it takes to long. Gonna try this ou
    wildfirebill, Dec 31, 2008
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    Gordon Guest

    To whom are you talking and about what?
    The "forum" that you are posting in leaches off the Microsoft News servers
    in order to make it look far busier than it really is. Everyone who uses the
    MS News servers sees your post on it's own - we have NO IDEA what you are
    talking about and to whom you are talking.

    This is not your fault - the fault lies with the forum owners who do not
    explain to members that their posts end up on global Usenet newsgroups.
    If you MUST continue to post in this "forum" then please at least quote the
    post you are replying to, and do NOT change the subject line.

    You would be far better off however, using a news reader and subscribing to
    these news groups direct.

    Setting up Outlook Express/Windows Mail to access Microsoft newsgroups

    Accessing the MS newsgroups in Outlook Express/Windows Mail Newsreader

    Thank you
    Gordon, Dec 31, 2008
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    ianapp Guest

    i have same prob. accept the regfix doesn't work.
    it stays the same. can there be something wrong with my entir
    how can i do repair on it
    ianapp, Jan 20, 2009
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    Malke Guest

    Unfortunately, we don't know what the "same prob." is or what regfix you're
    referencing. Therefore, it's very difficult to help you. The explanation:

    You are not posting on a real forum as you think you are and you didn't
    quote any of the thread to which you are replying. You are using a web
    interface that leeches Usenet posts and most of the rest of us are using
    real newsreaders. We don't see what you do. If you want to participate in
    Usenet, the better way is to set up a newsreader. This is very easy to do
    and I'll give you information about that below. If you prefer to use a
    forum, then here are two excellent ones:


    Since you are using a web interface, you may not realize that this is really
    a newsgroup. You will get far more out of this resource if you learn to use
    a newsreader. There are many good newsreaders for Windows, but you can use
    Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (Vista) since you already have it.
    Here are some links to information about newsgroups:

    About Usenet:
    http://www.faqs.org/faqs/ - Usenet FAQs from the Internet FAQ Archives
    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Usenet - a brief explanation
    of newsgroups

    Outlook Express/Windows Mail as Newsreader:

    How to Post:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375 - How to Ask a Question
    http://users.tpg.com.au/bzyhjr/liszt.htm - How Not to Get Technical Help on

    http://aumha.org/nntp.htm - list of MS newsgroups
    microsoft.public.test.here - MS group to test if your newsreader is working
    http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/munad.htm - how to munge email address
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossposting - crossposting
    http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm - multiposting

    Other Newsreaders for Windows:
    http://www.forteinc.com/main/homepage.php - Forte
    http://www.mozilla.org - Thunderbird

    Malke, Jan 20, 2009
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    SC Tom Guest

    SC Tom, Oct 11, 2009
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    twlykins Guest

    Try HKEY_CURRENT_USER instead..
    twlykins, Oct 17, 2009
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    twlykins Guest

    Try HKEY_CURRENT_USER instead..
    twlykins, Oct 17, 2009
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    Guest Guest

    In Control Panel choose Problem Reports and Solutions (type problem in
    Start's searchbox), go to Problem History, right click your error and choose
    Check For Solution. You can also examine the details.

    In Administrative Tools choose Reliability and Performance Monitor and
    choose MonitoringTools then Reliability Monitor (type Reliability in search
    on Start) . This list is a chart of software installs, uninstalls, Windows
    updates, and crashes by date. See if your crashes started happening after
    you installed or uninstalled something.

    Also d/l http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html

    Disable all non microsoft shell extensions and reenable one by one if it
    Guest, Nov 2, 2009
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    Guest Guest

    also try Starting Explorer with a command line in TaskManager's File menu -
    Run like

    explorer c:\windows
    Guest, Nov 2, 2009
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    laughlin Guest

    this regedit does not work for me either. I also looked on the secon
    place suggested but was not a 'shell' under that Windows NT.

    Any other sugg.?
    laughlin, Feb 19, 2010
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    If the "shell" string does not exist under

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Then you must create it. Click on the Winlogon key, then click
    edit/new/string and call it shell and give it a value of explorer.exe. click
    ok, close the registry editor and reboot.

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    Rick Rogers, Feb 20, 2010
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    PaulM Guest

    PaulM, Feb 20, 2010
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