Need to restart Windows® Explorer in Windows® 7
What is the need to restart Windows Explorer in Windows 7? Get tips to do so
Windows Explorer is a file manager available in Windows Operating system. You make many partitions of the hard drive and the files are saved on different locations on your computer. Windows Explorer is the easiest way to navigate through various files and folders on your computer. You can either hit the Windows key and the ‘E’ key on the keyboard to launch Windows explorer or right click on 'My Computer' and click on Explorer. All the drives present on the computer would be displayed on the left side of the screen with plus signs. You can click on the plus sign to view all the files and folders saved in the particular partition. A File called 'Explorer.exe' runs in Task Manager to facilitate the file manager feature. If the 'Explorer.exe' is not running in the Task Manager due to file corruption or virus infection, no Start menu or desktop icons would be displayed.
Some tips to restart Windows Explorer are:
- Task Manager
- Restarting the computer
- Safe Mode
You can restart the Windows Explorer from the Task Manager. You can right click on the Start bar and then click on Task Manager. The Task Manager window would display all the running programs and processes. You can select the Windows Explorer from the list, end it and run it again. The alternate method of launching Task Manager is by hitting the CTRL+ALT+DEL on the key board at the same time and select Task Manager from the list.
Restarting the computer
Sometimes, you fail to start or restart Windows Explorer. In such cases, you can restart the computer to restart all the running programs and processes. Normal restart process cannot be performed if the Start button is missing due to file corruption or errors with Explorer.exe. So, you can hit CTRL+ALT+DEL keys on the keyboard and restart the computer. Windows Explorer will also get restarted when you restart the computer.
If the Windows Explorer fails to start or restart in normal mode, you can restart the computer and tap the F8 key during the startup process and you will reach to a screen called 'Advanced boot options'. From the advanced boot options, you can select 'Safe Mode'. Safe mode loads the computer with minimum drivers and processes. Once the computer is started in safe mode, you can perform various troubleshooting steps or replace Explorer.exe if needed and then restart the computer which loads Windows Explorer using the replaced Explorer.exe.
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