ERROR CODE 0xC0000005

WIndows 7Error code 0xC0000005 is seen with Windows 7 SP1 when explorer.exe stops responding.

What is happening is a race condition is occurring when a thread closes a handle to an object that is being destroyed causing the fault.

The problem seems to exist in the network stack :

  • Networkexplorer.dll
  • Networkitemfactory.dll
  • Networkitemfactory.mof
  • Networkitemfactory.mof
  • Networkmap.mof

Microsoft has a hot fix which has now been added to the monthly updates.