Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How to fix Windows Explorer Crash :: Folder containing .avi files :: Runtime Error

At times when I open up "My Videos" or any folder containing video files (especially .avi files), I get the following error message:


Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime Error!

Program: C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE

This application has requested the Runtime to terminate in an unusual way.
Please contact the application's support team for more information.


I looked at many different fixes posted on the internet, some said the issue was with the Divx Codec and stuff like that. But I finally got a solution to get rid of this error.

The actual error occurs due to the fact that Windows Explorer has a feature that generates on the fly thumbnails for movies (avi/mpeg/divx ,etc.). This often slows down your computer and in many cases causes Explorer to crash. The crash is largely attributed to corrupt video files that are huge.

Here we go about fixing the bug:
Download and run the All In One Fix which ships with several patches for known issues.
You will need to select the following option:
Explorer Crash When Open A Folder
When opening a folder containing DivX or XviD .Avi files under some specific configurations, the thumbnail generation crash Windows Explorer. This option Disable the Thumbnail generation.

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