Windows Explorer, which is also known as Explorer.exe plays a very important role in performing many tasks on Windows 10. It is responsible for starting and displaying many user interface (UI) tool, such as desktop, Action Center, taskbar, Start menu, and File Explorer. If you are facing any problem in Windows Explorer, you must want to restart Explorer.exe to solve such issues.
Quick steps to restart Windows Explorer using Task Manager
There are multiple ways by which you can restart the Windows Explorer in your system. One of the most straightforward methods is to use the Task Manager. For that:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Windows task Manager. You can also right-click on the Start Menu and then choose Task Manager from the list that appeared on screen.
- Click on the More details button located at the bottom to see the processes.
- Navigate to the Processes tab, right-click on the Windows Explorer process and then click the Restart button.
- The above steps will automatically turn off the explorer.exe process. After that, close all applications and folders and then restart the Windows Explorer again and check if the issue has been resolved.
Restart Windows Explorer using command line
You can also restart the explorer.exe process using two simple commands, which can be executed on both Command Prompt and PowerShell. For that:
- Press the Windows + R Key to launch Run in your system. Then type cmd for Command Prompt or powershell for Windows PowerShell.
- Type taskkill /f /im explorer.exe command and then press Enter key.
- Once the command is successfully executed, type start explorer.exe command.
It is generally advised to avoid restarting the explorer.exe process very often. You must restart it when you are experiencing any lag, or if your operating system’s performance is not good.