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Do I need ShellExtension_x64.dll ?

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I am trying to debug some problems I'm having with Explorer.exe crashing while drawing icons. I can reproduce this by clicking on the Desktop and then just holding down 'F5' to constantly refresh the screen over and over. Eventually explorer dies and respawns. So I'm using ShellExView to try to isolate rogue Shell Extensions. I noticed Paint.NET installs one called "ShellExtension_x64.dll".


What is the purpose of this? Is it for Thumbnail generation? Can it be safely disabled without adverse effect?

Thanks for any info.


P.S. My system is Win8 x64


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