When logging into Windows 10 1803, the screen will flicker black. Looking at event viewer, explorer.exe is crashing. RRS feed

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  • Explorer.exe is crashing and restarting when logging into Windows.  I have the event logs captured.  It does not happen every time I log into Windows. The version of Windows I am  using is Windows 10 1803.

    I have tried running SFC /SCANNOW, DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth , and re-installing Windows 1803 from the .ISO.  Issue still occurs.  Windows is installed on a Virtual Desktop on VMware Host. 

    Only workaround I have is to press "ctl + alt + del" and go to log off.  Then I can log back in and the issue may or may not return.

    Event Viewer Log:

    Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 10.0.17134.1, time stamp: 0x425b30b2

    Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 10.0.17134.1, time stamp: 0x207580e2

    Exception code: 0xc0000409

    Fault offset: 0x000000000008aa2f

    Faulting process id: 0x1270

    Faulting application start time: 0x01d51a0d6f967ef5

    Faulting application path: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe

    Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll

    Report Id: 886d5638-e5c7-42bf-b168-8c2b69c764a1

    Faulting package full name:

    Faulting package-relative application ID:

    Monday, June 3, 2019 3:15 PM

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  • Hello,

    Try booting into Safe Mode:

    1. Right click Start Button and select Settings.

    2. Go to Update & Security > Recovery.

    3. Under Advanced startup, select Restart now.

    4. Once your PC restarts and you see Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.

    5. Then after reboot, press 4 or F4 to start your system in Safe Mode.

    If issue isn't present in Safe Mode, reboot back to normal and see if the issue is resolved.

    Hope this helps!

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    Monday, June 3, 2019 3:38 PM
  • The issue has not been present in safe mode. However, it does reappear after I boot into Windows with normal startup. The issue is random and does not happen every time.

    I have tried disable all startup items, Re-installing VMware SVGA 3D Display Driver, and deleting Active Setup keys from the registry. Issue is still present.

    Monday, June 3, 2019 9:04 PM
  • Hi Richard,

    Create a new account then clean boot to check result.

    Also, try to repair upgrade or in-place upgrade to the latest 1903 version.


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    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 1:41 AM
  • This is a domain joined Virtual Machine.  The issue will reappear if a new user logs in. 

    I was trying to get this resolved without going to a higher version of Windows 10 since this was a Virtual Desktop.  We are using VMware Horizon View 7.4 and Windows 10 1803 is the highest version of Windows that our current version supports. 

    Usually when the issue is happening, I can get to the Task Manager but Ending or Restarting Windows Explorer does not work since explorer.exe is in a crash/restart loop.

    The current Display Driver is the Driver that gets installed with the VMware View Agent, VMware SVGA 3D, version  I have tried uninstalling and re-installing the Driver. The issue still happens.  It does not happen every time I log on but at random.  Enough to cause an issue if I wanted to deploy this Parent Image build to our users.

    I can upload logs and some dump files if those could be analyzed.

    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 2:49 PM
  • Hi,

    Did you manage to get this resolved? We are having the exact same issue with an 1803 build on Horizon 7.5



    Tuesday, October 8, 2019 2:29 PM
  • This is not happening only with Windows 10 1803 but also with Windows 10 1903 Virtual Machines boxes. If we can get a solution on this that would be great
    Monday, July 20, 2020 10:31 PM