System: Windows XP SP3, Intel i3

Issue: Windows Explorer process spikes my CPU usage to 50% and freezes. Only resolution is to kill the process in the Task Manager and restart manually.

Occurrences: Occasionally having an Explorer (note: NOT IE, just Explorer) window open for 15+ minutes causes it to crash. Any time I copy a file, it crashes 20-30 seconds later. Always crashes when navigating to network drive, but only after copying file, or waiting 15+ minutes, per above.

I have disabled my roaming profile, removed all Windows Explorer context menu extensions (that I know of).

Has anyone else seen anything like this?

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    You can get a list of all installed shell-extension in the tool "Sysinternals Autoruns" on the "Explorer" tab. – Robert Nov 7 '11 at 19:02

EDIT: Error persists. Ignore answer below.

Just found the answer:

Tortoise SVN appears to freeze Explorer

I'm not using Tortoise, but the issue is identical.

  • That was working for a while... Crashing again, so the search continues! – Nick Vaccaro Nov 7 '11 at 19:55

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