1. neonstar's Avatar
    Sometimes I launch 'Settings' from the charm bar or any app on the start screen, my surface freezes for a minute and the app fails to run.

    Not very frequently. About 1~3 times a day, but pretty annoying me.

    I don't think this is a hardware issue because the event viewer shows me clearly "explorer.exe" has a problem.

    I copied the details of the error.

    Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 6.2.9200.16433, time stamp: 0x50762eec
    Faulting module name: MSCTF.dll, version: 6.2.9200.16384, time stamp: 0x50107f42
    Exception code: 0xc0000005
    Fault offset: 0x00018039
    Faulting process id: 0x12a0
    Faulting application start time: 0x01cdcfa9fc37b88e
    Faulting application path: C:\windows\explorer.exe
    Faulting module path: C:\windows\system32\MSCTF.dll
    Is there anyone has the same issue? Well, I haven't read something like this, but I guess I am not alone.

    My Surface is 32GB with touch cover and all settings are normal except for the language.
    12-09-2012 11:40 AM
  2. stephen_az's Avatar
    No, that is certainly not normal. I would suggest doing an OS refresh and/or reinstall to see if that resolves the issue. If not, it is as likely hardware as anything else. Memory intensive actions can, as in any other version of Windows, trigger hardware defects that are then reflected as software crashes.
    neonstar likes this.
    12-09-2012 12:11 PM
  3. neonstar's Avatar
    Thank you for your advice. But refreshing OS didn't resolve the problem. And the reason I think it's a software issue is that everytime the error occurs, it always throws the same error, "explorer.exe". I don't think the hardware problem can make this. However, who knows? I will dig it up.
    12-09-2012 02:04 PM
  4. sudakoma's Avatar
    Don't put up with faults like this, get in touch with surface support and get it exchanged. I had a similar problem with mine freezing and they arranged an advance exchange for me. A brand new surface was with me 3 days later.
    neonstar likes this.
    12-09-2012 02:16 PM
  5. stephen_az's Avatar
    Here are a couple pieces of information that might be of some use:

    Explorer keeps crashing after KB2770917 update on Surface RT - Microsoft Community

    Have updates broken my Surface? - Microsoft Community
    One thing you might consider is uninstalling the referenced update to see if that resolved the problem. It might not help but I thought I would pass it along. FWIW, I have one Windows 8 performance update permanently hidden because it screwed up the all apps portion of the start screen and killed performance on two HP laptops. Since Microsoft controls both hardware and software for Surface, an update going rogue on only isolated machines seems a bit surprising. It does seem though that there are isolated reports of the same type of issue. Perhaps it is a bad patch being carried over by a refresh. If it persists though it might still consider just getting the device swapped out.
    neonstar likes this.
    12-09-2012 08:17 PM

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