How to Restart Windows’ Explorer.exe

In software terminology, Windows Explorer is called “Shell” which is normally used to control the Windows desktop, Start Menu, Icons and much more. However, Restart Windows’ Explorer.Exe can be used instead of rebooting your PC.

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Because, Sometimes, when Windows become unresponsive or you may need to restart your PC, you can also use the Task Manager to restart Windows Explorer in a quick way instead of having to wait for your PC to reboot. There also comes a time when you have to reinstall windows by downloading windows ISO files

So, let’s learn how to Restart Windows’ Explorer.Exe?

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In other words, restarting Windows Explorer can make the PC responsive when it becomes unresponsive.

So, rebooting your PC is just wastage of time. Restarting Windows Explorer saves much time and makes the PC able to work with. Explorer can be restarted with Task Bar and along with Start Menu.

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Here, in this article, I’ll explain to you how to restart Windows Explorer without rebooting the computer.

Restart Windows’ Explorer.Exe with Task Manager:

As I said earlier that Explorer can be restarted along with Task Manager. This is called a traditional way to restart the Explorer.


Here are some instructions for you to Restart Windows’ Explorer.Exe by the help of Task Manager.

Restarting Explorer with Task Manager in Windows 8 and Windows 10:

So. let’s understand the whole procedure to restart windows’ explorer.exe to make responsive the PC again.

  • On the Task Bar, right-click on any empty area
  • A menu will appear from which you have to click on Task Manager.
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  • You can open Task Manager from the Start Menu
  • Click on the Start button and search for Task Manager
  • You can also open the Task Manager with short keys jus press Ctrl+Shift+Esc
  • If your Task Manager looks as given below, you must click on More Details
How to Restart explorer.exe Process in Windows 10
  • A window will appear in which the first tab “Process” will show the apps and currently running background processes on your PC
  • Scroll down to find out the “Windows Explorer”
  • Click on “Windows Explorer” and then click on “Restart”
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  • That’s it you have done your job. It will take some time and Taskbar of your PC and Start menu will disappear but within few seconds they appear with a better response.

Restarting Explorer with Task Manager in Windows 7:

  • Ending a task and restarting it is a separate step in Windows 7 because it does not offer direct method to restart the Explorer-like Windows8 & Windows 10
  • Just right-click on the empty area of Taskbar
  • A menu will appear from which you have to select the Task Manager
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  • Windows Task Manger will appear in which you have to go to the second tab “Processes”
  • Select “Explorer.exe” process and then click on the “End Process”
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  • A pop-up will appear where you have to click on “End Process”
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  • Taskbar, notification area, and all others open files will disappear momentarily
  • Windows restart the process automatically but you should do it by yourself, it will save time
  • In the Task Manager window, click on “File” menu and then click “New Task (Run…)”
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  • “Create New Task” window will appear in which you have to type “explorer.exe” into “open” and then click on “OK”
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  • Now you can close the Task Manager and hopefully, your Windows will response in a better way

Exit Explorer from the Taskbar and Start Menu

  • This method of exiting the Explorer is very handy and time-saving In Windows 8 and Windows 10 press Ctrl+Shift and hold and right click on any empty area of the Taskbar
  • A modified text menu will appear from which you have to select “Exit Explorer” command


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  • In Windows 7, click on Start button
  • Hold Ctrl+Shift keys and click on the empty area of the Start Menu
  • “Exit Explorer” command will appear
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  • When you select “Exit Explorer” command it will end the process and it doesn’t restart the Windows
  • Windows will end the process automatically but manually you can do it to save some time.
  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc Task Manager will be opened
  • Click on the ‘File” menu
  • Choose “Run New Task” in Windows 8 &10 and “Create New task” in Windows 7
  • Type “explorer.exe” in a run box and click on “Ok”
  • This will restart the window Explorer
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Restarting Explorer with a Batch File

If you want to Restart Windows’ Explorer.Exe in a quick way and do not want to use the Task Manager to restart Explorer, a simple batch file can do the same job.

  • Open Notepad or any other text editor of your choice
  • Paste the following code in three different lines in a text editor like Notepad

taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe

start explorer.exe


Restarting Explorer with a Batch File
  • Save this file with ‘.bas” extension instead of “.txt”
  • Click “File ” menu and then click on “Save As”
  • In the “Save as type” select “All Files (*.*)”
  • You can name your file whatever you want with “.bat” extension
  • At the end click on “Save”
restart explorer.bat
  • You can store this batch file anywhere in your PC
  • Make a shortcut of this file and keep it where it makes sense
  • Whenever you need to restart the explorer, you just click on this shortcut icon of the batch file

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Hopefully, this article on how to Restart Windows’ Explorer.Exe, helps you a lot in order to restart the Windows Explorer. You must share your experience in comments section.

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Imran Chandio

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  1. I can’t find windows explorer.exe in the task manager.
    whenever I type explorer.exe in run or CMD command, it opens file explorer instead!
    Please Please help me Imran sahab I am using Windows 10.

    1. First of all thanx Saliha for visiting and sharing your problem.
      You can end task manager by Ctrl+Shift+Esc
      and then from the left corner open “Run” and then type explorer.exe
      will probably help you.

  2. OMG!
    my laptop screen gone blank thanx for this tutorial I visited this article from mobile and my laptop is OK now with this explorer.exe tutorial

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