Today I was working on one of my VMs and out of no where I got an error that explorer.exe had crashed. As soon as it did my desktop went blank and I had no icons or start bar. At first I was a bit confused what to do. I tried to right click the desktop…. but that did not work. I tried to log off and log back in hoping that would give me back my desktop… did not work. I even tried to launch explorer.exe on login (that open in RDP advanced options)…. but that did not work. I do not have access to reboot the vm, but i did not want to kill the running services as I knew the server had not crashed as I could still hit it via file shares and the Hudson Server on it was still up.
In order to get it working I decided to log in as another user, kill the RDP session of my original user and then relog in as my original user. This seems to have restarted explorer.exe.
If you ever find yourself in this situation remember DON’T PANIC you can solve this issue with very little effort.
Till next time,
10-06-2009 7:34 AM