Recently, I tried opening a folder with a few videos on it. explorer.exe stopped working. Luckily, it started right back up again. But when I tried to open the folder again… oops. explorer.exe has stopped working. Again.
So, I remembered back on my XP machine, sometimes it would crash if there was a corrupted video file in there. I knew it wasn’t any video, because the “Videos” folder opened up just fine.
So all I would have to do is delete the videos. (They weren’t of much importance anyways.) But how can you do that if explorer.exe won’t let you in?
Well, I thought for a bit. I knew VLC had a different open dialog, it didn’t use the standard Windows one. So maybe I could use that? So I opened up VLC, Media>Open File. Browsed to the offending folder. Yay, it didn’t crash! So I right-clicked and deleted all the videos.
Then I went to open up the folder again — no crashes. Hooray! (And the recycle bin? Right click, Empty Recycle Bin. No need to even open it.)
I imagine any program that doesn’t use the standard Windows dialog could do the same thing.