Serious bug in Vista, explorer.exe

By | January 20, 2008

I stumbled across this post made by Chris Holmes on his blog over at Chris123NT but to quote the original from Kristan Kenney over at Windows-Now.

So, I’ve run across what seems to be a very serious bug in Windows Vista and it still exists in Service Pack 1 RC1 (and I really don’t know if this is going to get fixed in SP1 either, although I would hope so).

Can anyone reproduce this? I would love to have some good customer feedback on this one.

Click on Start, and then click on Documents.
In the Search entry box, type “NOT Shortcut” (without the quotes).
Click on the “Save Search” button and save the search query as “Search Test”.

In 9 out of 10 tries, Windows Explorer will stop working and will restart itself after displaying a crash dialog. Seems to be an issue with how the search files are serialized. How the hell did this one get past quality assurance? It occurs in both RTM and SP1.


I must say, I tried this on Vista Home Premium RTM and can reproduce the bug. I’m not sure how this sort of bug got through Microsofts test, but hopefully it gets addressed before SP1 finally gets released. If anyone else is able to reproduce the bug, please leave a comment.