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Old 2013-05-10, 00:44   #1
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Default Windows 7 Explorer forced restarts

I have been experiencing Windows Explorer dropping out and restarting time to time.
This is what I would be getting in the Event Viewer:
EventID: 1000
Faulting application name: Explorer.EXE, version: 6.1.7601.17567, time stamp: 0x4d672ee4
Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 6.1.7601.17725, time stamp: 0x4ec4aa8e
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0000000000028359
Faulting process id: 0xc30
Faulting application start time: 0x01ce4b83fbe3928a
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
Then, I unchecked the “Tray Icon” option in Prime95, and Explorer restarts stopped. This is most likely Explorer’s fault, and not Prime95’s; but if you experience the same problem, here is the workaround.
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Old 2013-05-10, 01:04   #2
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Strange, never saw that before even though I mostly run Win with the icon...
But I'm sure the Linux (insert word) will have a few "suggestions".
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Old 2013-05-10, 01:19   #3
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My hunch that this has something to do with timeouts... Since Prime95 runs at the lowest priority, it may not have a chance to give Explorer something it requests in timely manner, and the watchdog functionality decides the Explorer is hung, consequently restarting it.

I first noticed I was only getting the restarts while Prime95 is running, so that is what prompted me to start playing with the Tray Icon option.

I just looked up on the Internet other people with Explorer restart issues, and I see that those are often caused by third party Explorer plugins.
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