Network and Sharing center crashes RRS feed

  • Question

  • Any time I open the "Network and Sharing Center" in Vista it crashes.  An Explorer window opens at "Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center" but the interior of the window is just all blank (white).  Then, I get an error dialog box stating:

    Microsoft Windows

    Windows Explorer has stopped working

    A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.

    With the following buttons:
    [Debug] [Close program]

    Has anyone else seen this or can anyone suggest how I might fix this issue?  Thanks.
    Thursday, January 3, 2008 6:39 PM

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  • I have the same problem.  Very frustrating!
    Tuesday, January 8, 2008 3:37 PM
  • I had this problem - Network and Sharing Center window flashes open but closes immediately. No error message and nothing interesting in the event log.


    I solved the issue when I tracked down Network and Sharing Center to a file named netcenter.dll located in the System32 folder. This file was zero bytes in size. Must have been a failed update at some point, I assume. There was another copy of the file, also zero bytes in the folder C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-networkcenter_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.16386_none_3362bbb2dbe6316b


    I located the file on another copy of Vista and copied it over to a temp folder. I had to boot to safe mode to copy the file to the proper locations. It was necessary to reset permissions on these files in order to delete the zero-byte copies. I manually reset permissions back the way they were (TrustedInstaller has full control, all others have read and execute only).


    This fixed the problem. If you see a zero byte file, this may be the fix for you. Hope this helps!


    Sunday, January 13, 2008 9:09 PM
  • I have the same problem as you had Phil with the window opening and then closing immediately. I looked up the netcenter.dll file and it was 2.30MB, unlike yours which was zero bytes. I have not been able to find another answer to this problem. If you hear anything else that may help, drop me an email. Thanks.
    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 3:29 AM
  • I am suffering the same now... Can't put my finger on what has changed recently (lots after rebuilding the PVR for QAM). Regardless of how I try to access Network and Sharing center, it results in Windows Explorer crashing and the whole desktop resets.

    Find this in Windows Application event log:
    Log Name:      Application
    Source:        Application Error
    Date:          6/28/2009 9:54:48 PM
    Event ID:      1000
    Task Category: (100)
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          N/A
    Computer:      ALT-OFFICE-PC
    Faulting application Explorer.EXE, version 6.0.6002.18005, time stamp 0x49e01da5, faulting module ntdll.dll, version 6.0.6002.18005, time stamp 0x49e03821, exception code 0xc00000fd, fault offset 0x0004a4d2, process id 0xb78, application start time 0x01c9f874f2aac422.
    Event Xml:
    <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
        <Provider Name="Application Error" />
        <EventID Qualifiers="0">1000</EventID>
        <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-06-29T04:54:48.000Z" />
        <Security />

    Everyone still clue-less?

    Monday, June 29, 2009 5:03 AM