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Explorer.exe keeps on restarting

#1
I have a problem with my XP install - my explorer.exe keeps on restarting - everything else is Ok and it has no ill effects other than a couple of seconds wait whilst it restarts - but i want to get to the cause of the problem.

Trouble is - i can't find any error messages, i once had a window coming up saying :-

Microsoft Visuall C++ Runtime error.

C:\Windows\explorer.exe

The application needs to be restarted.

I have checked Event Viewer and it shows:-

The shell stopped unexpectedly and Explorer.exe was restarted.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

There are no bytes or other information that might be of use.

Any idea how i can track down this error - happens about once an hour.

:(
 
#2
When i click on the link in Event Viewer i get...

Details
Product: Windows Operating System
ID: 1002
Source: Winlogon
Version: 5.0
Component: Application Event Log
Symbolic Name: EVENT_MANDATORY_PROFILE
Message: The profile for user %1 is mandatory.

Explanation
This event record indicates that the user has been assigned a mandatory profile. The user can change environment settings during a logon session; however, these changes are not saved in the profile at the end of the session.

But what he hell does that mean?
 
#4
I doubt that to be honest - i can run games till im blue in the face - burn CD's, run SETI, 3DMark and pretty much anything i can throw at it - plus my temp is only 47 Degrees.

Its ONLY exlporer.exe that has problems.

Besides, i *think* this may have something to do with a corrupted profile (my one) which could be the case as i have been pushing the system to its limits and beyond when testing for a stable clock, so i might have screwed it then. Im going to delete my profile and create a new one to see what happens.
 

coathanger007

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#5
You don't need to do all that to be affected. Explorer is one of the first things that's affected by excessive overclocking. Hope your profile was really the problem - then you'd have solved the problem on your own two feet.:)
 
#6
Prepares to admit he was wrong....

Ok, Ok... (Deep Breath)

Well, looks like you could be right - i have reduced the overclock by a few Mhz and it does seem to be a little more stable (read: explorer.exe hasnt crashed yet).

I've never had it before where 3DMark 01 would run throgh but the OS would be unstable.

Lesson learned - never trust XP.

never...

:)
 

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