Aug 14
Explorer.exe Verbose Logging

If Explorer.exe is crashing and you are unable to identify the root cause, you can implement Explorer verbose logging by adding the following to the Windows registry. When explorer.exe crashes it will create a DMP file at C:\CrashDumps.


  1. Copy and paste the following in Notepad and save as a .reg file

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Error Reporting\LocalDumps\explorer.exe]



  2. Right-click the .reg file and select "Merge" to add to the registry
  3. Replicate the process to cause Explorer to crash and review the .dmp file located in the C:\CrashDumps folder.


You can use this information to debug the Explorer.exe crash(s) further.



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