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I've just got a new laptop and am having problems with explorer.exe crashing. I noticed there is an extra line just above the command bar in Windows Explorer as shown below:

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I was wondering if this is some kind of add-on added by the OEM?

why is this line there and how can i get rid of it?

UPDATE: I've found out where the bar came from, it was because the File, Edit...... bar was not locked, I locked it and it removed the line. Doesn't fix explorer crashing though :(

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closed as not a real question by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Simon Sheehan, 8088, Sathya Nov 10 '11 at 7:06

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What brand of laptop is it? – Hand-E-Food Nov 9 '11 at 23:51
It's an asus laptop – Chris Nov 9 '11 at 23:56
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A lot of Asus' bloat-ware is buggy and unnecessary. I've removed 95% of the Asus bloat-ware from my laptop. Take a look at this article and see if there are some hints as to what could be the trouble: Asus Utility and Bloatware Guide

A quick glance suggests the following programs may be an issue:

  • Multi Frame
  • Live Update
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I really wish vendors would stop installing all this junk automatically. I'm perfectly okay with them placing an icon in the middle of the desktop of new machines that bring up an option to turn these things on, but they really should all be off by default. – Randolf Richardson Nov 10 '11 at 1:13
Its amazing how much they manage to mess up Windows installs – Chris Nov 10 '11 at 2:00
If you uninstall Google Chrome, find a guide on how to manually uninstall it. I spent over an hour trying to work that one out. – Hand-E-Food Nov 10 '11 at 2:07

That line is in place separating the Aero transparency from the buttons on the Window. It's a part of Windows Explorer and cannot be removed.

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I don't have those extra gray pixels on any of my Windows 7 machines, even after changing the Aero colour. – Hand-E-Food Nov 10 '11 at 0:39
@Hand-E-Food I can't reproduce the error in any way at any rate. – Simon Sheehan Nov 10 '11 at 0:51
Update to question about the line, is due to File,Edit etc menu bar not being locked – Chris Nov 10 '11 at 1:41
@Chris I unlocked it and didn't get that.. – Simon Sheehan Nov 10 '11 at 2:02
@SimonSheehan oh thats odd, did you also have the menu bar hiding automatically? – Chris Nov 10 '11 at 2:07

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