Windows® 7 explorer.exe
Uses of explorer.exe in a Windows 7 system and methods to replace this utility
Explorer.exe is an option to navigate through the system. You could use this through the 'Run' utility to open various components in the system. This is actually a replacement of the 'Explore' option in the 'Start' menu. This option will not work sometimes due to system errors. The common among them is the display of error messages while you try to open it. You could not navigate in this case; this is because of the incompatibility issue. If the system is affected with any of the malware, then also this option will not work.
The following are different methods to replace explorer.exe in Windows 7:
- Using registry
- Graphical user interface
- Through command prompt
You could replace the Windows 7 explorer.exe with the help of the registry in the system. The initial step is the replacement of the explorer.exe in the Windows directory. After this you need to open the registry editor in the system. For this you need to type 'Regedit' in the 'Run' and the registry editor window will appear. You will see the 'Run As Administrator' option at the top of the registry editor. After un-collapsing the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft>Windows NT>CurrentVersion>Winlogon, you need to change the explorer1.exe to explorer2.exe. After this you need to end the process explorer.exe via the task manager and start a new process by entering 'explorer2.exe.'
Graphical user interface
You could edit the ownership and the permissions through the GUI. You need to right-click on explorer.exe and click on 'Properties.' Go to the tab 'Security,' click on 'Advanced.' After this you need to open the owner tab and click 'Edit.' You could assign the ownership to the administrator account by selecting your administrator account and click on 'Apply.'
You could use the command prompt method also to replace the Windows explorer.exe. For this you need to open the command prompt. Then you could select the 'Run As Administrator' option. You could select the terminate option to replace the Windows explorer.exe. After this the task bar will disappear from the system. You could reopen it by launching a new task. You will be prompted to enter the password and you need to enter it. Then you could access the ownership from the administrator and after this you can replace it.
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