Friday, February 23, 2024

How To Fix Windows Explorer.exe Crashing At Startup


Windows is one of the most popular operating systems for PC; however, it isn’t a perfect OS. Windows 11 is the latest iteration of the operating system, and it still has a long way to go. Explorer is an important part of the Windows OS as PC users cannot browse their files and folders without it. Now many Windows users report that Explorer crashes when booting their PC.

Windows Explorer Crash Fixes You Can Try

The Explorer.exe crash occurs because of a problem with your system’s Power options. The Explorer.exe crash causes the operating system to crash whenever a process starts up when Windows boots. After a thorough understanding of this matter, we have prepared a list of solutions you can try to fix the “Explorer.exe crash” error.

Fix #1: Restart Intel HD Graphics Control Panel Service

Many Windows users have reported that “Intel HD Graphics Control Panel Service” interferes with the Windows boot process. You’ll need to restart “Intel HD Graphics Control Panel Service,” and the steps required to do so are given below.

Simultaneously press Windows+R to open the run dialogue, type “services.msc” into the search box, and hit enter. Once that’s done, look for “Intel HD Graphics Control Panel Service,” right-click on it, and click on properties. After you’ve reached the properties dialogue box, click on “Stop,” wait for a few seconds, click on “Start” and click “Apply.”

Fix #2: Enable Clean Mode

If restarting the “Intel HD Graphics Control Panel Service” didn’t work, you can try booting Windows in Clean Mode and checking which service has issues individually.

First, press Win + R keys > type “msconfig” in the search box and press enter > go to the Services tab > uncheck “Hide all Microsoft services” > go to the Startup tab > open “Task manager.” Once Task manager opens up, disable all the hidden Microsoft services individually > close the Task manager and click “Ok” in the “System Configuration” tab. Restart your PC; it’ll be in clean mode; Again open the “System Configuration” by pressing Win + R keys, typing msconfig, and pressing enter. Click “Hide all Microsoft services” once you reach that tab, check all the boxes, and restart your computer.

Fix #3: Run Power Troubleshooter

If the above fixes didn’t solve the “Explorer.exe crash” error, then Power Troubleshooter in this situation will be appropriate. First, you’ll have to open up the run dialogue, type “msdt.exe /id PowerDiagnostic” in the search box, and click Enter. Once “Power Troubleshooter” is done scanning, it’ll notify you if it found any concerning issue or if any problem needs immediate action, and all you’ll have to do is click on apply to fix the “Explorer.exe crash” error.

Fix #4: Restore Default Power Options

Restoring default power options is another way to fix Windows Explorer crash. Restoring default power options is not as difficult as it seems. Open CMD and run it as administrator > type powercfg-restoredefaultschemes and press Enter > restart your PC, and the “Explorer.exe crash” error is fixed.

That is all for our fixes for Windows Explorer crashes. Running SFC & DISM scan is a fantastic option if none of the above solutions have worked. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC, see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.

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