I Google'd over and over on this issue for some time now hoping I'd find someone mentioning this, but to my surprise no one has, which 99% of the time means I've done something dumb and I'm at fault for installing something sus. However this is re-occurring, clean install after clean install, not on one but on two physical machines. The only mention I could find is that people have had their explorer crash once every so often, some as "often" as every half hour - which was supposedly fixed with a fairly recent Windows 10 update delivered via WU. This did not fix my issues though. Ever since upgrading to build 9879 (and since then, 9888 - literally just for the proof of concept hoping it would resolve the crashes somewhere in the internal changes) my explorer.exe crashes. As soon as Windows starts, it will crash. As soon as it automatically restarts Explorer, it'll crash again - to the point I have to start my programs using the task manager. Having said that, I can still start File Explorer instances (i.e. starting explorer.exe with an argument so it opens the file path) which won't start up the taskbar/desktop and thus not crash. I have found a painful "workaround", which is to "upgrade" my 9888 build, which takes around half an hour - upon which it'll work until I uninstall or install any program. Things I have tried so far: - SFC /scannow - offline as well - DISM /restorehealth offline variations - Disabling ALL shell extensions using a portable utility - Starting in safe mode with zero startup options - Startup repair - Removing as much as I can from Programs and Features that I don't absolutely need - Different graphics drivers, at the most off-chance DWM is failing (one machine has AMD, the other NVidia hardware) - Crying myself to sleep - The 9860 explorer.exe from Heidegger's link below I'm really just curious as to wonder if I'm really the only person experiencing this problem because it seems odd to re-occur so often and on two completely separate physical machines. If you guys think I have missed any obvious information or think I missed some simple repair steps please do let me know - happy to provide a explorer.exe crash dump as well but it is definitely crashing within Windows, not loading a third party DLL (tracing it with WINDBG).