When using Windows 10, you may find that the Windows desktop has frozen and you can no longer use the Start Menu, click on programs, drag files, or switch between windows. When this happens, it may be caused by the Windows Explorer, or Explorer.exe, process having issues and can typically be fixed by restarting it.
Explorer.exe is an executable in the Windows operating systems that is located at C:Windowsexplorer.exe. When Windows starts and a user logs in, the operating system will launch the Explorer.exe process, which displays the Windows user environment such as the desktop, taskbar, and Start Menu.
To restart the Explorer.exe process, you can perform three different methods, which we have described below.
If you are using Windows 10, the easiest way to restart Explorer.exe is through the Task Manager.
To restart Explorer.exe in Windows 10, please follow these steps:
This method allows you to restart the Explorer.exe process directly from the Command Prompt. This method works in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
To restart Explorer.exe from the command prompt, please follow these steps:
If you are using Windows 7, or any version of Windows for that matter, you can also restart the Explorer.exe process by first ending the process in Task Manager and then running it again from the Create New Task dialog.
To restart explorer.exe by first terminating the process, you can perform these steps: