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(Major bug) Opening any game causes explorer.exe to crash when 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is running

ZeekDaGeek 11 months ago updated by Michael (Ramen Software) 11 months ago 3

Version: v5.14.1

After a recent Windows 10 update any time that 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is running and you open a program with some sort of graphics it causes explorer.exe to crash and instantly restart. As soon as I stop the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.exe the problem no longer happens.

My best guess at the cause is any time 7+TT attempts to edit the taskbar since the newest update it causes an error.

Steps I've been using to reproduce:

  • Have 7+TT running
  • Launch a File Explorer window for tracking if explorer.exe restarts
  • Launch Minecraft / Borderlands 2 / Team Fortress 2 (I attempted to use very common games for testing)
  • The moment you click into the game for the first time after it loads explorer.exe will restart
  • Tab out of the game and you'll notice that the File Explorer window is closed

Settings for 7+TT:

Image 524

Event Viewer error log:

Log Name:      Application
Source: Application Error
Date: 2023-08-23 1:15:36 AM
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: ZeekPC
Description:
Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 10.0.19041.3393, time stamp: 0x0bf928ad
Faulting module name: explorer.exe, version: 10.0.19041.3393, time stamp: 0x0bf928ad
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000008ae2f
Faulting process id: 0xd60
Faulting application start time: 0x01d9d59027ec2104
Faulting application path: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
Report Id: f674aff2-b89d-47d9-a445-a9b4b7e36cb7
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:
Event Xml:



1000
0
2
100
0
0x80000000000000

164568


Application
ZeekPC



explorer.exe
10.0.19041.3393
0bf928ad
explorer.exe
10.0.19041.3393
0bf928ad
c0000005
000000000008ae2f
d60
01d9d59027ec2104
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
f674aff2-b89d-47d9-a445-a9b4b7e36cb7

Answer

Answer
Fixed

Fixed in v5.14.2.

Started

Please try the newly released beta version, v5.14.1.4, and let me know whether it works. It can be downloaded here. If all is well, I'll release a non-beta version with the fix in a couple of days.

Based on a few minutes of testing it appears that v5.14.1.4 fixed the issue. I've launched a couple of games and explorer.exe is no longer crashing and restarting.

Thanks for fixing things so quickly, grouped taskbar items are the worst. 😁

Answer
Fixed

Fixed in v5.14.2.