Guide: What to do when explorer crashes when you select a video file

Posted on Sunday, Nov 12 2006 @ 19:02 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A friend of me had this problem with her computer, when she selected some XviD or DivX files in Windows XP her computer crashed and explorer reloaded.

It looks like this problem was caused by a codec problem, I'm not sure what exactly caused the crashes but there's an easy way to fix this.

Here's how to prevent the crashes:
  • Go to the Start menu, click on Run and enter cmd. This will open a command window.
  • Enter this into the command window: regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll
  • This will disable the movie preview feature in explorer. If you want to turn it back on you have to type regsvr32 shmedia.dll into the command window.


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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