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exeplorer.exe system call failed

Are you troubled by the error exeplorer.exe system call failed? It is an annoying problem that you fail to access files and folders once the error occurs. Please read this post, here are several effective methods from MiniTool to get rid of the error.

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About Exeplorer.exe System Call Failed Error

Explorer.exe is a critical process in Windows 10 which enables you to access files and folders. However, many users encountered a wired error “Exeplorer.exe system call failed” while trying to launch File Explorer. This error has ever occurred on Windows 7, but many Windows 10 users also experienced the same error.

According to the reports from some forums, the screen may flicker when users try to open anything on Windows. Then the desktop icons disappear and an error message “Exeplorer.exe system call failed” pops up when you click anywhere especially the Start button.

explorerexe system call failed

What causes exeplorer.exe system call failed Windows 10 issue? The possible reasons behind the vexing problem are related to driver failures, virus or malware attacks, program conflicts, bad sectors on the hard disk, etc.

Now, let’s see how to fix the exeplorer.exe system call failed Windows 10. 

Before You Do

If there are any bad sectors on your hard disk, you might lose a lot of data in an instant. The hard drive may deteriorate gradually which causes some issues like the system call failed error. So, it is highly recommended that you have a backup for your hard disk as soon as possible in case of any unnecessary loss.

MiniTool Partition Wizard can provide you with a professional backup solution. You can use it to back up the partition and even the whole hard disk easily to upgrade your hard drive without reinstalling OS or other purposes.

back up your hard disk

After the backup completes, you can try the following methods to fix system call failed exeplorer.exe error without any concern.

Method 1. Restart Your Windows Explorer

Usually, restarting the Windows Explorer is the first and simplest way to fix the errors related to explorer.exe. The steps to do so is as follows:

Step 1. Right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager.

Step 2. Expand the Task Manager window to show all the running processes.

Step 3. Go to the Windows Explorer process on the list. Then right-click it and select Restart.

restart your Windows Explorer process

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Method 2. Run System File Checker and DISM Scan

If the explorer.exe gets corrupted or the related files are missing, you may encounter the exeplorer.exe system call failed error. To scan and replace the potential corrupted explorer.exe files, you can run System File Checker.

Step 1. Right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the list of menu.

select Command Prompt (Admin)

Step 2. Type the sfc /SCANFILE=C: \windows\explorer.exe command and hit Enter. Then this program will scan the integrity of all protected system files and replace the corrupted ones.

If this command fails to resolve system call failed exeplorer.exe, try running a DISM scan. It could be helpful to fix the missing and corrupted files associated with File Explorer.

To run a DISM scan, you also need to open the Command Prompt (Admin). Then type the DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command and hit Enter.

Method 3. Check Your Hard Drive for Errors

CHKDSK is a Windows built-in system tool that can be used to check the file system integrity of your hard drive and fix logical file errors. This tool can help you resolve the hard drive errors caused by bad sectors or sudden power outage. You can use this tool from the command line. Here is a full guide.

Step 1. Open the Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 2. In the elevated command prompt, type chkdsk C: /f /r command and hit Enter (Note: replace C: with the letter of your hard drive if you don’t want to scan the C partition).

Step 3. Then type Y to restart your computer and the errors will be scanned and fixed automatically.

Tip: If you want to repair logical hard drive errors, you can run chkdsk C: /f.

After the scan completes, you can try launching the File Explorer and see if the error is fixed.

Method 4. Uninstall Your Currently Installed Programs

If the exeplorer.exe system call failed Windows 10 occurs just after you installed a suspicious program, we recommend you uninstall them right now. This is because some programs will carry malware that might cause exeploere.exe error.

Follow these steps to uninstall any recently installed suspicious programs.

Step 1. Right-click the Start button and select Programs and Features from the list of menus.

select Programs and Features

Step 2. Arrange the list of installed programs in the order of date of installation. Then select the recently installed freeware, suspicious software or verified software, right-click it and select Uninstall.

uninstall currently installed a program

Step 3. Follow the on-screen prompts to uninstall the program completely. Then access a file to check if this error still occurs.

Well, if this method fails to work with you, you can reinstall them based on needs.

Method 5. Run a Full System Scan for Malware Using Windows Defender

It is possible that the virus or malware attacks are the cause of System call failed error. So, it would be better to check if there is any malware on your PC. Here you can use a built-in antivirus program Windows Defender that can prevent your computer from viruses, spyware, and other attacks.

To run a full system scan for malware using Windows defender, you need to do:

Step 1. Type virus in the search box and double click the Virus & threat protection result.

click the Virus & threat protection result

Step 2. Inside the Windows Defender Security Centre, click the Run a new advanced scan option on the right panel.

click Run a new advanced scan

Step 3. Then you will see a list of advanced scans including Full scan, Custom scan, and Windows Defender Offline scan. To start a full system scan, click Scan now after you selected an option.

Note: To exclude all potential malware, here we recommend that you chose the Full scan that will check all files and running programs on your hard disk. Usually, this scan will take longer than 1 hour, so please wait patiently.

click scan now

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Method 6. Perform a Clean Boot

As mention above, program conflict can also be responsible for exeplorer.exe system call failed. This is because the apps and services will start automatically, and then run in the background during a normal Startup process. These apps and services can cause software conflicts.

To troubleshoot this problem, you can perform a clean boot that starts up Windows with a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. Here is how to do that:

Step 1. Press Win + R keys to open the Run box. Then type msconfig in the box and hit Enter to open the System Configuration window.

open the System Configuration window

Step 2. Navigate to the Services tab. Then check the box Hide All Microsoft Services.

Step 3. Then click Disable all button. And click OK and Apply to save this change.

disable all non-Microsoft utility services

Step 4. Now, go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.

click Open Task Manager

Step 5. In the Task Manager tab, Disable all apps and programs one by one, and repeat this step. When you disable all programs, close the Task Manager and click OK. If the system call failed error is fixed by this, you will know that one of the programs is causing the problem.

disable all programs one by one

To find out which one is interfering with the File Explorer, enable them one by one. If you find the one that impacts on explorer.exe, just uninstall it.

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Method 7. Update Graphic Card Driver

It is reported that some users fix this error simply by updating the graphic card driver. You may also have a try. Follow the steps below.

Step 1. Right-click the Start menu and select the Device Manager from the contextual menu.

Step 2. In the Device Manager window, you will see a list of devices connected to your PC. You need to expand the Display adapters to see the graphic driver.

Step 3. Double click the graphic driver to open its Properties. In the pop-up window, navigate to the Driver tab and click Update Driver button.

click Update Driver button

Step 4. Then you will be asked how do you want to search for driver software? There are 2 options you can select. Select the one you prefer and follow the on-screen prompts to update graphic drivers completely.

  • Search automatically for updated driver software: If you select this option, Windows will search your computer and the Internet for the latest driver software for your device.
  • Browse my computer for driver software: If you select this one, you need to locate and install all driver software manually from its official website. And this option requires you have previously installed drivers on your PC or USB flash drive. So, this is a longer process.

search for driver software

Method 8. Reinstall Your Windows 10

If the error “exeplorer.exe system call failed Windows 10” is still not resolved after you have tried all the above methods, you can try the last method. That is to reinstall your Windows 10 system.

As you know, exploere.exe is a vitally important program in the Windows operating system. If this problem cannot be resolved timely, you will not use File Explorer. That means you will not be able to do a great many jobs smoothly. It is a great inconvenience, right? At this time, reinstall Windows should work with you.

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Final Words

Now, I believe you have learned all these methods to fix the exeplorer.exe system call failed error. Have a try now. If you have any questions, you can send us an email via [email protected]. We also appreciate any ideas left in the comment area.

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