What to do when Windows Explorer is not responding in Windows 7

We all get error message like this “Windows Explorer is not responding” One of the reason is because the system is in a deadlock situation. To discover more what is computer deadlock click here.

So what to do when Windows shown this kind error message? Well there are many reasons this kind error occur, no one perfect explanation for all different situation. Sometimes, when you insert a disk you will be unable to play what’s inside the disk and you get an error like this. Sometimes, when you try to install programs and it never ends error like this again. This is the most common error, there are two ways you can solve this, manually stop this, if you click “close the program” doesn’t work then

  • Tip #1 press “control + Shift + Esc” this will bring you the task manager, yes it’s not the old “control + Alt + delete“. When the task manage is up you can find which program uses the most CPU/memory, and manually stop them. Hopefully your computer won’t get frozen again.
  • Tip #2 this applies when you constantly getting this kind error, say whenever you do something your PC froze. So if you ever have this kind situation than there is a real problem. Inside the Windows 7 you can try to use a very useful tool that has already been build-in, it’s called the Problem Steps Recorder. ( find it just type “problem Steps recorder” in the start manual)

Good luck ! and Enjoy your new Windows 7

[Update on Feb 8, 2011] If you are among those who have been suffering the pain of constant Windows Explorer not responding crashes, hope this post here may be able to help you out.

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  3. How to change the default location in Windows Explorer to My Computer in Windows 7
  4. Windows 7 & 8 Quick Tip: The Hidden Exit Explorer Option
  5. How To Restart Windows Explorer The Proper Way
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  • johnnybourke

    Very good and useful information! thanks!

  • Upset WindowsVictim

    Here we are again.. the 7th generation of this operating system and still… we have to deal with
    garbage programming. Constant streams of “Security Updates”, the patches are causing issues in the OS, like taking much longer to boot up, applications having GPF like errors and crashing..
    Not Responding… run away race conditions that eat all of the available ram that hasn’t been wasted by East Indian born memory leakage… Give me a break Microsoft.. this is so old, I am so close to converting to Linux it isn’t funny. FIX YOUR OS People!

  • Tom

    I got this error and nothing help. Any idea?
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  • pissedofff

    i am so tired of this bullshit this used to start in little bits like when i take my laptop off my charger. Then it went up to constantly happing when almost out of power. Now the dam thing does it every fucking second i hit restart and search for a solution and if windows explorer keeps not working u cant go to the start menu. Can dome1 email me what are other good services that wont crash and use lame excuses.
    Windows 7 was not my idea

  • Jackie

    Im really frustrated…

    When I start up windows, the explorer appears to be abnormal slow and do not respond to me after awhile, I can run any program even from dock program. Doesn’t seem to happen in safe mode, problem still exist after recovery. I tried to go system configurator and disabled all startup programs but still the same. I didn’t installed anything and even I do, the system recovery doesn’t help. It doesn’t happen in safe mode means its not hardware problem right ? Please guide me.. I dont really want to reinstall windows… thanks :)

  • dipesh

    my pc gets frozen whenever i right click any files or folders, it displays “windows explorer is not responding” could anyone please help me out

  • http://www.google.com satish

    Sir,iam using windows7,my system searching option anything , unable to search plz find my solution plz. .

  • Rivalrygirl

    I have had Realplayer installed for at least 5 years. In the last 6 months, everytime I try to access my videos on realplayer, I get the stupid ass HOURglass….program not responding. Sucks. Just wondering. what is the best alternative to realplyer for downloading music & videos.? Thanks…I am SICK of this shit.

  • Suhbat Shugan

    hi so i have the same the same the problem that many of you have, my computer just freezes and starts up really slow and windows explorer is extremely unresponsive and slow. It’s just really annoying. Safe mode is perfectly fine but when I go to msconfig and go to services and disable all of them (make sure that you hide all microsoft services before you disable anything) and turn off startup programs, it runs like a charm. I’m trying to narrow the problem down to one of the services , but if any of you guys have a suggestion please rely, im kinda stuck too…

    also, i found out that my problem was kinda happening because Sticky Notes got corrupt and stopped working, this might have something to do with my problem as well as yours, im just putting it out there.

  • fardeen ali

    hi my win 7 is not even working when i log in it says “windows explorer stoped working  now m on safe mode plz help plzzz

  • The Burke

    when will they fix this? this problem is not a new one why have they not they sorted out the problem, they have had more than enough time to fix it

  • whateverdude

    I have this problem all the time. It happens when I try to do the most mundane things, like moving 10 relatively small jpg files to another folder, or just now, when I tried to rename a 31kb Excel file.