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Explorer Not Responding

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I am running a Windows 7 desktop, and all of a sudden I began getting "Windows Explorer Not Responding" pop-up (see attached).  It appears erratically (though frequently), and not always with the same program running.  I only use a few  programs regularly, and there was nothing changed on my computer - and to the best of my knowledge no new programs installed - when this started happening.  Please help.

Thanks,

Phil
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Try to run SFC /scannow from an elevated command prompt and allow it to fix any errors it finds. If this does not solve the problem, perform a repair install of your OS, Windows 7. If you need instructions for doing this, you can find an excellent article at:

< http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html >.
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@philsimmons - When nothing changes, it can be a virus or other malware that causes this. Scan with your regular Antivirus, and then with Malwarebytes. Restart and test.

Also make a new Windows User Profile (Account) and test Windows Explorer in an new Profile. It could be a corrupt profile.

.... Thinkpads_User
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You can get that message when some other program like Folder Synch is tied up and won't release back to the operating system.  It appears that you have two copies of Folder Synch open.  ??
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Thank you.
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Great. You fixed it. :-)
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@philsimmons - Thank you and I was happy to help.

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