I am running Windows XP on this machine and am really happy with it, except for one issue: when viewing a folder with video (.AVI mostly) files, the Explorer crashes, then restarts. It’s really, really annoying, and it only happens with video files.
Is there any solution to this other than disabling thumbnails?
I just remembered, it could also just be one corrupted video file that’s causing the crash. I’ve had that happen too, even after I fixed the general problem. All the thumbnails were working except for one folder with a bad file.
I get this too. What really makes it annoying is that it only happens sometimes. I find myself opening folders containing videos and scrolling through slowly as if to sneak up on them and not trip to the bug that makes Explorer crash.
have you installed any software that might have brought its own video codecs with it e.g. Nero or similar? What happens is that Explorer has to load the codec so it can “play” part of the video files to generate the thumbnail, and if the codec messes up the entire Explorer process has to be killed.
disabling thumbnails will at least cure the symptom of Explorer crashing.
That’s because VLC doesn’t have anything to do with how the rest of the system decodes videos. It’s not a brute force fix. If you want thumbnails at all, you have to have a codec that can read the file.