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FIX: Windows Explorer has stopped working error in Windows 7, Vista, and XP

After reading this article you will be able to solve the Windows explorer error that says “Windows Explorer has stopped working, Windows is restarting “. There might be a number of causes for this error, some of the main reasons include:

  • Corruption in system files
  • Malware / Spyware or any related malicious software
  • Outdated / corrupted video ( display ) drivers
  • Problem with a specific application

To solve this error follow the steps given below (one by one):

  • Check your system Files
    • To check your system files, go to run ( start menu -> type run)
    • Type SFC /SCANNOW in the run box.
    • Make sure you are running the above said command as administrator.

     

  • Use System Restore
  • Updating your Video ( Display Drivers )
    • Run Windows Update by typing Windows Update in the start menu search box & pressing Enter.
    • Select the hardware (graphics) driver from the optional updates section.
    • OR
    • You can visit the support site of your Graphic /Display Manufacturer & download the drivers from there.

       

  • Scan your computer with a good antivirus / antimalware program

 

  • Check faulty programs
    • If the problem began after installing a specific program, make sure the installed program is compatible with the Windows version that you are installing it with.
    • Check for such program’s startup record.
      • Go to run (Winkey + R) & type msconfig
      • Go to startup tab, check for unnecessary programs, but do not uncheck any boxes unless you are absolutely sure about an entry therein.

         

  • Using Clean boot

 

  • Testing Memory (RAM for problems) (Windows Memory Diagnostics)
    • Windows Memory diagnostics is a tool built into Windows 7 & Vista to check your Memory Modules for problems.
    • To use Windows Memory Diagnostics -> Go to Control Panel -> Classic View ( small icons )
    • Windows Memory Diagnostics
    • This will check your RAM for errors and report them the next time you start Windows.
  • Using Safe Mode
    • One of the best ways to troubleshoot Windows is using safe mode. While starting Windows in safe mode you exclude / restrict all the unnecessary programs and services from starting & Windows is loaded with only default and necessary set of drivers and services.
    • If the problem is with a program that you might have installed, Windows should boot normally into safe mode without any errors.
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Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP

Solve : USB Device not recognized problem in Windows 7 , XP, Vista

After reading this post you will be able to solve / fix “ USB Device not recognized “ error message that is displayed on your Windows Computer system. Windows 7 & VISTA Hotfix link inside. Microsoft FIXIT for Windows XP ( Link Inside )

There are quite a few causes for this problem to occur. Following are some of the resolutions that we have come across while troubleshooting Windows over time. These solutions are applicable on Windows 7, XP & Vista.

Uninstall & Reinstall USB Root Hub

  • Go to device manager ( Control Panel ), Windows 7 users can type device manager in the start menu search box & open the proper program from the results displayed.

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  • Expand Universal Serial Bus controller options
  • Right click on USB root hub ( one at a time ) & click uninstall.
  • Remember if you are using a USB keyboard/mouse or any devices that use USB interface might stop working.
  • Restart your computer.

If the problem persists

  • Turn off Power Management in Windows
  • Click Start, click Run, type Devmgmt.msc, and then click OK. The Device Manager window opens.
  • Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers.
  • Right-click a USB Root Hub in the list, and then click Properties. The USB Root Hub Properties dialog box is displayed.
  • Click the Power Management tab.
  • Click to clear the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power check box, and then click OK.
  • Repeat steps with all USB Root hubs available.

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If the problem persists

  • Go to, your computer/motherboard manufacturer’s support website & from there download and install latest chipset drivers from there.
  • Install these drivers & restart your computer

If the problem persists

  • Go to, Windows Update ( Control Panel )
  • Update your Windows with all recommended updates & check if there are any hardware device drivers within optional updates, Install them as well.

Windows 7 & Vista Users HOTFIX

FIXIT for Windows XP users

The Last Step for Laptops ( All Portable Devices with removable battery/ Desktops

Portables:

  • Turn off your Computer
  • Take the battery out carefully, refer the documentation that came with your computer.
  • Press & hold the power button for a few seconds.
  • Put the battery back into the compartment
  • Start the computer and check

Desktops:

  • Turn off your computer
  • Pull out the power cord from the mains or backup unit ( UPS )
  • Maintain no power policy for 2 minutes
  • Restore power to the computer unit
  • Start your computer to check.
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Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Vista

Solution: Cannot Convert Basic Disk to Dynamic Disk

After reading this post you will be able to fix the problems you might be having while converting a Basic Disk type to Dynamic Disk Type in Windows Disk Management.

Introduction

Basic Disk is an older disk format that is used by all version of Windows going back to windows 95, 98 etc. Even today the default disk type used in our computer system is Basic.

Whereas,

Dynamic Disk type is supported with Windows XP professional & above editions of Windows. Dynamic Disk supports stripped volume, spanned volume, mirror volumes, simple volumes and RAID 5. Dynamic Disk type also supports disk management without restarting your computer.

Error Message says

  • Package Name is Invalid

Cause

  • Computer Name Contains “ Double Byte Character”

Workaround

  • Go to Start menu
  • Right Click Computer
  • Click Properties
  • Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings, click Change settings.
  • On the Computer Name tab, click Change.
  • Type a new name under Computer name, and then click OK.
  • Type a Simple Computer name
  • OK
  • Restart your Computer
  • Convert Basic Disk to Dynamic Disk

 

Workaround

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Windows Trick : Using Default Logon picture for all users in Windows 7, Vista

Group Policy editor is something that a lot of us know about, but how many of us do really use it a lot ? I am going to tell you a small trick to use a common default logon picture for all users in Windows 7. ( This also applies to Windows Vista ). Now first you must have a picture ready to put as the default logon picture. Select a pic and then place it at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures. Replace the guest.bmp file with your picture.

Now , go to start menu and type gpedit.msc or group policy editor and it will show up as the search result. Open it & navigate to :
Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> User accounts
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  • Double Click on user accounts

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  • Now click on the Apply the default user logon picture to all users and you will see this :

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  • Now Click on Enable and it’s all done.