|explorer.exe is what loads the desktop. |
Lots of things can cause it to hang, yet there's nothing wrong with explorer.exe itself.
Windows Explorer, the alternative to My Computer, is merely a second instance of explorer.exe running with some added switches.
E.g. for my Win 98SE computer
If these computers are connected via network cables.....
- make sure all end connectors are "latched" into the network ports - the plastic lever on them fatigues more the more it has been used, and eventually it won't "latch" into the port or it breaks off, and then you need to replace the end connectors.
The end connectors are easy to replace if you have the right tool to install them - that tool can be bought for as little as $20 or less if you search , and the end connectors can be bought in bulk.
- the cable sheath should be clamped inside the end connectors - it that was sloppily done (too much of the cable sheath was removed) or the cable sheath has pulled out, you're more likely to have problems with that end of the cable.
- I've noticed that some cheap network cables don't actually have the matched twisted pairs of wires hooked up properly - that could certainly cause problems even when the cable still works. When you look at the end connectors, there should be matched pairs beside each other - e.g. blue, white with blue stripe, orange, white with orange stripe, green, white with green stripe, brown, white with brown stripe. If the white with (color) stripe wire doesn't match the (color) of the wire beside it on one side or the other, you're more likely to have problems, the more likely the longer the cable is.
- some routers have a cable test feature in their configuration. You merely connect the cable between the router and a live network port (the device with the port must be on), run the test, you know right away whether it's a good connection or an iffy one.