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Create a Shotcut to Quickly Restarting explorer.exe in Windows Vista

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You always noticed that a process named as Explorer.exe runs continuously utilizing your system resources,when you are accessing Windows Vista task manager window.The Windows process Explorer.exe is the user shell on your Windows Vista system and periodically this process requires a restart to resume proper functionality and to avoid Windows crash. Also, if you do a lot of tweaking and tuning to your system registry, it is much easier to restart explorer.exe to reload the Windows registry instead of restarting the entire system. By creating a suitable batch (.bat) file, you will have a quick way to restart the Windows process explorer.exe.This trick is also very useful to avoid frequent Windows restarts after the installation of certain applications and Windows updates and saves a lot of your valuable time.The steps for create a shortcut to quick restart the Windows Vista process explorer.exe is given below:
  • Open Notepad editor from All Programs->Accessories in Windows Vista start menu.
  • Copy and paste the following code into the new Notepad document:

@echo off
taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe

  • Save this newly created Notepad document with a very suitable name such as restartexplorer.bat any where in your computer hard drive.It is better to save the file in the system drive. Make sure that save the created file with the .bat (batch file)extension.
  • After this create a desktop shortcut by right click the file and from the opened context menu select send to Desktop.For ease of access you can also create a quick launch icon.

The next time you need to restart explorer.exe or your Windows Vista computer, simply run the newly created restartexplorer.bat file shortcut and close the command window that appears.

Here also another way to restart explorer.exe on your Windows Vista computer.

  • Press the keys CTRL+ALT+DELETE on your keyboard to bring up the Windows task manager.
  • Under the Processes tab in the Task manager, find the process explorer.exe, right-click on it, and select the option End Process on the opened menu and then click on Yes to the prompt. You’ll see your Windows taskbar disappear, but don’t worry about it because, this is what we want.
  • Click on the File menu of the Windows Task Manager and select the option New Task.
  • Type in explorer.exe in the field and hit OK and things will go back to normal. There is no reboot required anymore.


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