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explorer.exe issue

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Spectre x360 13
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

Every time I boot up, I get a message: "The application cannot be started. Try reinstalling the application to fix the problem." Any guidance on how to fix this?

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@rev246 Welcome to HP Community!


I understand that you are facing an issue with explorer.exe.


- Due to outdated security and without the presence of a good antivirus software it is possible that your system is being infected with some virus, malware or trojan which can be the cause of this error.

- Due to any corrupted device driver especially video driver etc.

- Due to outdated device drivers.

- Any particular software or game can also be the cause of this error.


There are different methods you can fix the issue.


Method 1: Scan with a good antivirus and antimalware program

Method 2: Remove unwanted/corrupted 3rd party software's menu from registry

Method 3: Remove unwanted/corrupted 3rd party software's entries from Startup

Method 4: Remove unwanted/corrupted 3rd party software's services from Startup services

Method 5: Update Windows drivers

Method 6: Check windows system file with system file checker

Method 7: Install Windows latest updates

Method 8: Find the ".dll" or ".exe" file name and path which one is conflicting with Windows explorer and do appropriate action on it


let me know how that pans out,

And the answer to the above question will help me, help you!

Keep me posted, and if any of the above questionnaires helped resolve the issue, 

Mark this post as an "Accepted Solution".

Good luck.

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