Microsoft Visual C++ runtime error library! Explorer.exe

Hello. This issue has recently become a major problem. (A little) I know the cause of the problem; However, I'm not 100% sure of it. I get this error every time I have name a folder symbol (tested with-, ~,!, and @), then try to right-click or rename the folder. It's the exact error message I receive:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime error!

Program: C:\Windows\explorer.exe

This application has requested the execution to terminate in an unusual way. For more information, contact the application support team.

Although this error message on my screen, explore continues to work very well; However, as soon as I click 'OK' or try to X out the window, explorer.exe stops and restarts. I saw several other users showing similar problems with explorer.exe crashing on a right click on the files, so I tried to follow some of the steps they did to solve my problem. The majority of the questions that I looked through suggested the deletion/modification of certain registry entries. I followed all the steps and changed the various inputs with no luck.

After looking through all the possible solutions for explorer.exe crashing on a right click, I migrated in search of solutions for "Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library error explorer.exe." I found few who have had a similar problem and received this error on click with the right button on the files, but my question was still a little different. This problem does not affect all my folders or a specific file. This problem affects any folder with the name of a symbol.

I currently have a folder on my desktop named "-" (without the quotes) with most of the files on my computer inside. I just want to rename the folder without having to go through a lot of trouble. Rename the folder via CMD is not a solution. I get the "Access denied" message even if I run cmd.exe as administrator. I then started looking for ways to workaround for this lack of access and found a few useless solutions. The first solution I found suggested that I have change permissions for the folder. This was not helpful, because it was a right click on the file (out of, I can't do...). Another solution suggested to start the computer in safe mode and rename it from there. It also did not work, I still received the error "access denied."

I'm kind of at a loss on what to do now. Here is a list of all the things I've tried, so please do not re - suggest what I've tried:

  • Restart the computer
  • Changing various registry files
  • Reinstallation of Microsoft Visual C++ (14 versions I had...)
  • Try renaming the file via the command prompt (w / run as administrator)
  • Try renaming the file via the Safe Mode command prompt
  • Scan my computer with antivirus (...) software

There are probably a few more things I have tried and I forgot to include. This problem is happening for over a year now, so I had time to try a large number of possible solutions. I still have to find another person with exactly the same problem as me (the problem does not occur on files named a symbol). I do not plan to try to try reinstalling windows (/ create a restoration/image/etc.) I have quite simply do not have the time and should not have to reinstall my entire operating system to solve a stupid question. If it comes down to it, I'll just create another folder and move all my folder name "-" to the new. The only reason why I was stay to do this, is that the record is more than 100 GB. I believe there is a solution more simple I am just missing.

Sorry, this message is rather unorganized. I am very frustrated by this issue and find a solution fairly quickly.

Thanks in advance for the advice I received help.

Clay S.


Good morning, clay,

Thanks for posting your question on the forum of the Microsoft community.

I would like to know some information about the problem so that we can help you better.

You made any hardware or software changes on your computer before the show?

Thank you for details on the question and your efforts to resolve.

A runtime error is a software or hardware problem that prevents Internet explorer from working correctly.

Run time errors may be generated if a Web site uses the html code that is not compatible with the features of the web browser.

I suggest you try following the steps provided in this Microsoft article knowledge based and check if it helps.
Correct errors in Internet Explorer

Note: The feature reset the Internet Explorer settings can reset security settings or privacy settings that you have added to the list of Trusted Sites. Reset the Internet Explorer settings can also reset parental control settings. We recommend that you note these sites before you use the reset Internet Explorer settings. Reset Internet Explorer is not reversible, and all the previous settings are lost after reset.

I hope this information helps.

Please let us know if you need more help.

Thank you

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