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Windows Explorer has done an illegal operation!!!

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March 6, 2003 5:24:06 PM

"Windows Explorer has done an illegal operation and has to shut down"

Well...this error has started to occur a LOT lately..and its starting to get on my nerves...
What the hell could be causing it???

I went into Event Viewer and checked out the red crosses...HELL...it happened like 4 times in a row a few minutes ago....
I tried to find any correlation between the error and any certain application i use..but it seems to occurr purely RANDOMLY!

Running WinXP Pro SP1a, DX9

Here are some reports from EVENT VIEWER;


Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 3/6/2003
Time: 7:15:48 PM
User: N/A
Computer: SUMI
Description:
Faulting application explorer.exe, version 6.0.2800.1106, faulting module comctl32.dll, version 6.0.2800.1106, fault address 0x0004f8e6.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 65 78 70 ure exp
0018: 6c 6f 72 65 72 2e 65 78 lorer.ex
0020: 65 20 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 e 6.0.28
0028: 30 30 2e 31 31 30 36 20 00.1106
0030: 69 6e 20 63 6f 6d 63 74 in comct
0038: 6c 33 32 2e 64 6c 6c 20 l32.dll
0040: 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 30 30 6.0.2800
0048: 2e 31 31 30 36 20 61 74 .1106 at
0050: 20 6f 66 66 73 65 74 20 offset
0058: 30 30 30 34 66 38 65 36 0004f8e6
0060: 0d 0a ..



Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 3/6/2003
Time: 7:15:22 PM
User: N/A
Computer: SUMI
Description:
Faulting application explorer.exe, version 6.0.2800.1106, faulting module comctl32.dll, version 6.0.2800.1106, fault address 0x0004f8e6.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 65 78 70 ure exp
0018: 6c 6f 72 65 72 2e 65 78 lorer.ex
0020: 65 20 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 e 6.0.28
0028: 30 30 2e 31 31 30 36 20 00.1106
0030: 69 6e 20 63 6f 6d 63 74 in comct
0038: 6c 33 32 2e 64 6c 6c 20 l32.dll
0040: 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 30 30 6.0.2800
0048: 2e 31 31 30 36 20 61 74 .1106 at
0050: 20 6f 66 66 73 65 74 20 offset
0058: 30 30 30 34 66 38 65 36 0004f8e6
0060: 0d 0a ..



Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 3/6/2003
Time: 7:15:01 PM
User: N/A
Computer: SUMI
Description:
Faulting application explorer.exe, version 6.0.2800.1106, faulting module comctl32.dll, version 6.0.2800.1106, fault address 0x0004f8e6.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 65 78 70 ure exp
0018: 6c 6f 72 65 72 2e 65 78 lorer.ex
0020: 65 20 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 e 6.0.28
0028: 30 30 2e 31 31 30 36 20 00.1106
0030: 69 6e 20 63 6f 6d 63 74 in comct
0038: 6c 33 32 2e 64 6c 6c 20 l32.dll
0040: 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 30 30 6.0.2800
0048: 2e 31 31 30 36 20 61 74 .1106 at
0050: 20 6f 66 66 73 65 74 20 offset
0058: 30 30 30 34 66 38 65 36 0004f8e6
0060: 0d 0a ..




Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 3/6/2003
Time: 7:14:19 PM
User: N/A
Computer: SUMI
Description:
Faulting application explorer.exe, version 6.0.2800.1106, faulting module comctl32.dll, version 6.0.2800.1106, fault address 0x00051268.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 65 78 70 ure exp
0018: 6c 6f 72 65 72 2e 65 78 lorer.ex
0020: 65 20 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 e 6.0.28
0028: 30 30 2e 31 31 30 36 20 00.1106
0030: 69 6e 20 63 6f 6d 63 74 in comct
0038: 6c 33 32 2e 64 6c 6c 20 l32.dll
0040: 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 30 30 6.0.2800
0048: 2e 31 31 30 36 20 61 74 .1106 at
0050: 20 6f 66 66 73 65 74 20 offset
0058: 30 30 30 35 31 32 36 38 00051268
0060: 0d 0a ..





Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 3/6/2003
Time: 6:59:13 PM
User: N/A
Computer: SUMI
Description:
Faulting application explorer.exe, version 6.0.2800.1106, faulting module comctl32.dll, version 6.0.2800.1106, fault address 0x00051268.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 65 78 70 ure exp
0018: 6c 6f 72 65 72 2e 65 78 lorer.ex
0020: 65 20 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 e 6.0.28
0028: 30 30 2e 31 31 30 36 20 00.1106
0030: 69 6e 20 63 6f 6d 63 74 in comct
0038: 6c 33 32 2e 64 6c 6c 20 l32.dll
0040: 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 30 30 6.0.2800
0048: 2e 31 31 30 36 20 61 74 .1106 at
0050: 20 6f 66 66 73 65 74 20 offset
0058: 30 30 30 35 31 32 36 38 00051268
0060: 0d 0a ..






Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 3/6/2003
Time: 6:57:55 PM
User: N/A
Computer: SUMI
Description:
Faulting application explorer.exe, version 6.0.2800.1106, faulting module comctl32.dll, version 6.0.2800.1106, fault address 0x00051268.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 65 78 70 ure exp
0018: 6c 6f 72 65 72 2e 65 78 lorer.ex
0020: 65 20 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 e 6.0.28
0028: 30 30 2e 31 31 30 36 20 00.1106
0030: 69 6e 20 63 6f 6d 63 74 in comct
0038: 6c 33 32 2e 64 6c 6c 20 l32.dll
0040: 36 2e 30 2e 32 38 30 30 6.0.2800
0048: 2e 31 31 30 36 20 61 74 .1106 at
0050: 20 6f 66 66 73 65 74 20 offset
0058: 30 30 30 35 31 32 36 38 00051268
0060: 0d 0a ..
March 6, 2003 7:21:09 PM

I would try a repair install of XP. Sounds like comctl32.dll is bad.

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
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