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How To Restart Explorer.exe Process Properly In Windows 7, Vista, XP

Do you usually restart your computer for registry changes to take place? Or restart explorer.exe process using task manager? This method maybe effective but it is like forcibly killing the process instead of terminating it properly, however there is a hidden option in Windows 7 / Vista Start Menu and an extra function in Shutdown menu of Windows XP that allows you to terminate and restart Explorer.exe properly. Follow these steps to get that option visible and properly terminate Explorer.exe.

Windows Vista

To properly restart Explorer.exe, follow these simple steps:

Click the Start button.

start menu

Press CTRL + SHIFT, right-click on an empty area in the Start menu. You’ll see a menu with two options, Exit Explorer and Properties.


Select the Exit Explorer command. Start menu, Taskbar and Desktop will the closed and the other applications will continue to run in the background.

To manually start a new Explorer.exe, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to launch Task Manager.

task manager

Now go to File > New Task(Run)

new task

Now simply type explorer.exe in the new task box to restart the explorer.


Windows XP

To properly restart Explorer.exe under Windows XP environment, follow these simple steps:

Click Start >Turn Off Computer. shutdown

Now press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+Cancel (This step will terminate Explorer.exe process properly). To restart explorer.exe, press CTRL+ALT+DEL and click File > New Task(Run)

new task windows xp

Type Explorer.exe in the run command, to restart the explorer.


And your done!

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