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I have found that since upgrading to windows 8 (from windows 7) I occasionally get a problem with various applications crashing when I go to open a file from them using the file explorer. After restarting the crashed application and browsing for a file again I invariably don't get the same problem. It seems to be the first time I do it, or something related to the time since I last did it. Any ideas would be appreciated. I am running things like Skydrive , Google drive, Dropbox in case that rings any bells.

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Can you expand on what you mean by "Crashing"? What actually happens? Anything related shown in the Event Logs? Have you done disk checks? How about memory checks? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 7 '13 at 21:35
Which applications crash? – magicandre1981 Sep 8 '13 at 5:40
@magicandre1981 The applications that I remember seeing crash were Visual Studio 2012 Professional and Firefox but I beleive there was one or more other too. It's probably any application that uses the System File Explorer. – Alan Gee Sep 9 '13 at 10:58
@techie007 - By crashing, I mean that the application hangs and I have to stop it in the task manager then restart it. I have not had any trouble when restarting the application or when subsequently browsing for a file immediately following the restart. – Alan Gee Sep 9 '13 at 11:02
Have you upgraded via a clean install ? If you have any security product installed, you might try to disable it and reboot. It's also advisable to fully patch Windows including optional Windows Updates. – harrymc Sep 28 '13 at 11:52

Many users have the same problem on Windows 8. Try to use the following command in the cmd line to fix it:

  • Open CMD as Administrator
  • Type "sfc /scannow" (without quotes)
  • Press Enter and wait between 10 - 30 minutes
  • Now restart your pc and everything should work like expected.
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"Many user have the same problem on windows 8" - Source? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 28 '13 at 14:25
There are many threads.… for example – Christian Woerz Sep 28 '13 at 16:50
Thank you for the suggestion, and I will try it if I have further problems. However, the example link you referred to doesn't appear to have the same symptoms. My applications are fine until they call windows 8 file explorer and I open a file selected from it. I have recently tried disabling SkyDrive and have not experienced the problem since (about 3 days). Will Answer my own question if/when I find a definitive solution. – Alan Gee Sep 30 '13 at 9:20

Maybe something's wrong with your Common Dialog DLL (comdlg32.dll)?
Standart Open/Save dialogs (windows) belong to that dll, and a lot of programs use it.
If it's not working properly, then programs which use it can crash.

Try to find it (in internet or in windows installation disk,...) and replace that dll.

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If it happens again I will try that but I haven't had the problem for about a week now and I don't know what's changed. I exited SkyDrive for a few days (I was a bit suspicious of it, just because it is networked up and is associated with the file explorer) and didn't get the problem, but since starting it again I also haven't had the problem for several days. – Alan Gee Oct 4 '13 at 8:30

I don't have a solution but ironically, having lived with the problem for about 9 months, since posting this question I have not experienced the problem again. I can only assume that something, that I have so far been unable to pinpoint, has fixed the problem.

I will post a comment if it happens again.

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