When you logon to your user account in Windows 8 or 10, Explorer.exe error message with yellow exclamation may appear, containing no message text. This may occur especially in the aftermath of removing malware from the system.
Fix: Explorer.exe Error with Yellow Exclamation
To fix the Explorer.exe error at startup, remove the reference to a non-existent file from one of the startup locations in the registry. Here is how to do so.
- Press WinKey + R to bring up the Run dialog.
regedit.exeand press Enter
- In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following registry location:
- Double-click the value named Load and clear the existing value data to set it blank.
- Exit the Registry Editor.
Note: The above location is one of the many startup launch-points in Windows, and some viruses/malware conveniently add entries there. The value may be pointing to a malware file that is non-existent after malware cleanup. To manage startup programs easily, use the free Autoruns utility from Microsoft.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.