This has been happening to me quite a bit these days. Say I extract some files from a few compressed files, then decide to either move or delete them, I give the command but nothing would change on the screen, then if I try to move to another folder or close that folder the icon would remove on the taskbar, or if I chose to open another folder nothing would happen.
Then if I check Task Manager, it would say explorer.exe is using close to 100% of the cpu and its eating more memory every minute, I tried once to leave it like that for a night and see if it would solve it self, turns out the pc just freezed. To solve this, besides restarting, I usually just select the explorer.exe proccess, then right click on it and tell it to end, then of course the task bar and desktop would disappear and then I would be left with just my wallpaper and task manager, if I had told windows to open internet explorer or a folder it would then open, so then I would tell task manager to run “explorer.exe” and that would turn it all ok again, until the problem occurs again.
I have WinXP, SP1, and all the latest Windows Update fixes. I also read on knowledge database about this explorer.exe 100% thing but its like it’ll be fixed with SP1 release but it didn’t. Now I’ve read a lot of people have the same problem:
I have noticed that a similiar thing also happens with large (700mb) video files, especially damaged ones, where explorer is trying to read the file infos. Turning off status bar definitely does help, and it certainly would explain why it also happens a lot with compressed files, since windows I think likes to track the files inside as well so it would like to read everything before a command it issued. However, even with status bar and indexing service off, the problem still happens from time to time. Besides, I like the status bar.
Anyone have any other advises, I’m pretty sure with a forum this big I’m not the only one unlucky enough to have this problem.
Thanks in advance,