Some Windows users reported that ExplorerExtensions.dll crashes on their computers. These users face a very peculiar issue as File Explorer, which is an essential part of the Windows environment. In this post, we will discuss this issue and see what you can do if ExplorerExtensions.dll crashes on your Windows computer and you see Event ID 1000 in the Event Viewer.
Fix ExplorerExtensions.dll crashes with Event ID 1000
If ExplorerExtensions.dll crashes on your Windows computer and you see Event ID 1000 in the Event Viewer, follow the solutions mentioned below to resolve the issue.
- Run SFC and DISM
- Delete Windows Explorer History
- Remove Explorer Extensions
- Reset your computer without deleting your personal files
- Check if a third-party application is conflicting
- Repair the system using Installation Media
Let us talk about them in detail.
1] Run SFC and DISM
The very first thing you need to do to resolve the issue is to run SFC and DISM commands. These tools can scan your system files and then repair the corrupted ones. So, open Command Prompt as an administrator and then run the following command.
The System File Checker will scan your files and then try to repair them.
In case it fails, run the DISM commands.
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image/Scanhealth DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image/Restorehealth
Once the command is executed, check if the issue is resolved.
2] Delete Windows Explorer History
The Explorer will crash if its history is corrupted. Usually, we don’t delete File Explorer’s history, but we can actually delete it. To do the same, follow the steps mentioned below.
- Hit Win + S and type “File Explorer Options”.
- Make sure you are on the General tab.
- Click on the Clear button in the Privacy section.
- Finally, click Apply > Ok.
Hopefully, this will do the job for you.
3] Remove Explorer Extensions
If you have added any third-party extensions to Explorer that are corrupted, File Explorer will crash. In that case, you need to remove all the extensions. Now, check if the issue is resolved. In case the issue is actually resolved, enable extensions manually to find out what’s causing the issue.
To see them in detail, you may download the freeware utility ShellExView.
It will let you view & disable suspect 3rd party shell extensions. Using the trial & error method, you may disable/enable the extensions to try and identify if any of them are causing a problem.
AutoRuns is another good tool that can help you with this.
4] Reset your computer without deleting your personal files
If you get an error due to some misconfiguration in the Windows settings, you need to reset your system. There is nothing to worry about as this is not going to delete your personal files; instead, it will just reset the changes that you have made to the settings. To do the same, follow the steps mentioned below.
- Open Settings by Win + I.
- Go to System > Recovery.
- Click on Reset PC from the Reset this PC option.
You need to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. Make sure you select the Keep all your files option.
5] Check if a third-party application is conflicting
A third-party application may be conflicting with File Explorer, due to which it is crashing. To troubleshoot further, start your computer in Clean Boot. It allows you to start your system without any third-party service. If the issue is resolved, enable services manually to find out what’s causing the issue. Once you know what’s causing the issue, you can either delete the associated app or keep the service disabled. Hopefully, this will resolve the issue for you.
We hope that you can resolve the issue using the solutions mentioned in this post.
How do I fix File Explorer crashes?
If Explorer keeps crashing on your computer, it is very likely that your system files are corrupted. We recommend you disable the Preview Pane, disable Thumbnails, disable UAC temporarily, disable DEP, launch the folder windows in a separate process or check installed Add-ons and see.
Why is File Explorer crashing when I open files?
If File Explorer crashes when you open it, try this: Open any other folder having similar content, viz. video files, and change the View setting to List. Next, go to Tools > Folder Options > View Tab. Under the View tab, Click Apply to Folders and Press Yes. If this does not help, you can run the SFC and DISM to repair corrupted system files.