Reasons for Windows® 7 Explorer Not Responding
What are the reasons and tips to solve the issues for Windows 7 Explorer not responding?
Windows 7 is the latest Operating System released by Microsoft. It supports efficient and powerful performance of the system. Windows 7 Explorer has many features like it stores favorite folders and recollects them for very fast navigation. You could create new folders and text files by pressing 'F8'/'F7'. You could activate blinking windows and toggle between current and previous windows with 'Caps lock' key. By using 'Backspace' you can go upwards again. There is also an option to set windows to be 'Always on top' by right clicking the title. Sometimes Windows Explorer causes errors and issues when you right-click a file or directory, causing some of the system resources to be consumed. These errors might often lead Windows Explorer to shut down automatically or give you the "Not Responding" message which forces you to end Windows Explorer. In Windows 7, you can take steps to work around and resolve this problem. One of the main reasons for this is a deadlock situation.
Following are tips to resolve the issues that lead to Windows 7 Explorer not responding:
- Using 'Task Manager'
- 'Safe' mode booting
- Using Autoruns
Using 'Task Manager'
There are many reasons for this kind of error. Sometimes when you insert a disc, you will be unable to play the disc and you get an error. When you try to install programs also, you might get error like this again. One method to solve this is by pressing 'Control' + 'Shift' + 'Esc' or 'Control' + 'Alt' + 'delete'. You will get the 'Task Manager' on the screen, and you could stop the program which uses the most memory. Select the programs and click 'End process' button given at the bottom.
'Safe' mode booting
If the above step does not eliminate the problem, then it is better to boot the system in 'Safe' mode. After booting in 'Safe' mode, check if Windows Explorer crashes or not. To boot in 'Safe' mode, press the 'F8' key before Windows OS starts. Now open an elevated command prompt. For this, click 'Start', click 'All Programs', click 'Accessories', right-click 'Command Prompt', and then click 'Run' as administrator. If you are asked for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click 'Allow'. Type the command 'sfc /scan now' and then press 'ENTER'. This command will scan all protected system files and replace incorrect versions with the correct versions.
Windows Explorer crashes that are caused by unstable shell extensions can be prevented by downloading Autoruns from the
manufacturer’s website. Run the software and check "Hide Microsoft and Windows entries" and "Verify code signatures" given in 'Options' menu. Now press 'F5' to apply the new settings. Go to the 'Explorer' tab. Now uncheck each and every shell extension. This will disable them.
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