- How to Restart Explorer in Vista
This will show you how to do a manual restart of explore.exe. Doing this acts like a quick computer restart.
How to Restart Explorer in Vista
The executable module in Vista that contains the Start Menu, Taskbar, desktop and file manager user interfaces. EXPLORER.EXE is a Windows process that runs automatically at startup and remains an active process. If you have a Explorer error, or you made a change to the system that requires a computer restart to apply, and you do not want to wait for the whole computer to restart to do it, then this gives you a quick restart without restarting the whole system.
Doing a log off and log on also acts as a quick restart.
Do not use these methods for a required restart after a program or Windows Update installation. A full computer restart is usually necessary for this.
OPTION ONEThrough the Start Menu
1. To Close Explorer.exe
A) Open the Start Menu.
B) Press and hold Ctrl+Shift and right click on a empty area of the Start menu. (See screenshot below)
C) Releas Ctrl+Shift and click on Exit Explorer.
2. To Restart Explorer.exer
A) Do steps 1 and 3 in Option Two below.
OPTION TWOThrough Task Manager
1. Open Task Manager.
NOTE: Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc, or right click on the taskbar and click Task Manager.
2. To Close Explorer.exe
A) Click on the Processes tab. (See screenshot below)
B) Click on explorer.exe and click on the End Process button.
C) Click on End Process in the confirmation prompt. (See screenshot below)
D) You will now notice that Explorer has stopped.
NOTE: The taskbar, deskop icons, and any open Windows Explorer windows are now gone.
3. To Restart Explorer.exe
A) Click on File in Task Manager. (See screenshot for step 3 above)
B) Click on New Task (Run...).
C) Type explorer.exe and click OK. (See screenshot below)
D) You will notice Explorer restarting.
NOTE: The taskbar and desktop icons will be back.
4. Close Task Manager.
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