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Windows 8.1 Preview Explorer.exe crashes

I have been playing with and enjoying quite a bit Windows 8.1 Preview. The only caveat is that I pretty much can not use Windows Explorer. Every time I try and launch Windows Explorer, it opens quickly and then crashes. It doesn’t matter if I try and right click on my task bar on the Windows Explorer icon and select a different option.

Well thankfully there is a fix. At least this fix works for me and it might for you as well. Here are the steps required:

1. Right-click on your desktop and create a new text file.
2. Rename the text file to “import.txt”
3. Open the text file and enter in the following information:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked]
“{289AF617-1CC3-42A6-926C-E6A863F0E3BA}”=””

4. Rename the file from “import.txt” to “import.reg”. (You will get prompted for changing the file extension.)
5. Double-click on the “import.reg” file and let it execute in the registry.

That should do it! You should now have a happy Explorer window and be able to function normally.

Here is a link to the site that I found that game me the tip to get this working:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/home_is_where_i_lay_my_head/archive/2013/06/30/windows-8-1-preview-explorer-exe-crashes.aspx

Hope this helps….

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