Dennis Foote - Systems Engineer
Fixing an explorer.exe error can be time consuming but worth it if you want to save your settings and data. Alternatively, you can restore your PC to factory image and lose your data and settings. Before you do that, here is a list of things you might want to try:
1. Run a sfc /scannow. This will scan your system files for errors.
2. Run a chkdsk /r or chkdsk /f /r to recover your system files.
/f - Fixes errors on the disk
/r - Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /f)
3. Update your systems' drivers. I use a tool called SlimDrivers.
4. Clean your registry via malwarebytes or Combofix.
5. Clean your PC; I use CCleaner to do this.
To fix most issues with explorer.exe, I would try these steps before a factory image. You may be able to save all your current settings, which most of us nail down over time. You get so used to having them that the thought of losing them hurts more than the wait time you would have to go through for the scans.