As most of you probably know firsthand, despite the power of a system like Windows 10, it is not without its problems. These can occur at any time and the reason for this is not always easy to find out. But the software itself presents us with some functions that will be very helpful.
The faults that we can find in the Redmond operating system can be very varied. There are some more serious than others, or easier to solve than some with which we can not hit the nail on the head. But we must bear in mind that Windows 10 is the most used desktop operating system in the world.
It works on approximately 1 billion PCs, each with its own hardware and configuration. That is why problems related to compatibility can occur, something that actually happens more than we would like.
That is why, unfortunately, we can run into a crash in Windows at any time. However, the good thing about this is that by ourselves we can find several ways to solve it. As surely many of you already know, the simple act of restarting the system is usually the first advice that is given. This is something that is extensible in the face of crashes, blue screens of death, audio or video failure, etc.
What is Explorer.exe in Windows 10
Moreover, if any computer at any given time does not have a normal behavior, a restart of it is the first thing you should try. That being said, if a restart doesn’t fix a problem in Windows 10, we can always try restarting Explorer.exe as a workaround. First of all we will tell you that the aforementioned Explorer.exe is the process responsible for displaying most of the elements of the Windows 10 user interface. Here some important parts of the system come into play, such as the Start menu, the taskbar , the notification center, etc.
Hence precisely the importance of it and the usefulness of restarting it when we encounter an unexpected problem. So, as you can imagine, on more occasions than expected a simple restart of this can solve many bugs.
How to restart the Windows Explorer.exe process
That is why we are going to explain to you below how to restart the Explorer.exe process in Windows 10 in the simplest way. The first thing to know is that there are two ways to restart the aforementioned Explorer.exe. This is something that we can carry out both from the Windows Task Manager itself, and from a Command Prompt or CMD window.
Restart Explorer.exe from Task Manager
That said, to restart Explorer.exe from Task Manager, the first thing we do is access the functionality as such. This is something we achieve through the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination . Thus, a window opens with all the programs and processes that are running at that moment, so we go to the tab called Processes. Here what we have to do is search corresponding to Windows Explorer. After that, we just have to select it and click the Restart button in the lower right part of the window.
At this point we must bear in mind that the Taskbar will disappear for a moment from the screen, but it will reappear in a few seconds. Thus, once the commented process is restarted, we can test to see if the problem we had in the system has disappeared. But at the same time, in the event that we cannot access Task Manager or prefer to use Command Prompt to restart Explorer.exe, so we can.
Restart Explorer.exe from CMD
To stop this we will have to open a Command Prompt window with administrator rights. This is something we achieve by typing the CMD command in the search box on the Windows Taskbar. Then we right-click on the entry that appears and execute with administrator permissions. Well, once we have the new window on the screen, we have to execute the following command to eliminate the Explorer.exe process:
taskkill / f / im explorer.exe
It is worth mentioning that when you execute this command, the Taskbar will disappear along with other elements of the user interface, as it happened in the previous case. These will return when you start Explorer.exe again by hand. Therefore, in order to start it again, we will have to execute the following command:
When we execute this command that we are commenting on, the elements of the user interface that disappeared before will appear again. Also if we are a bit lucky, without the problem of triggered all this.
Other possible solutions for crashes in Windows
Of course, something that we must also bear in mind is that restarting Explorer.exe is not always something that is done to fix problems. In many cases, the problem that occurs can go much further than simply restarting a system process. It should be mentioned that this that we have told you in Windows is the equivalent of relaunching the Finder functionality in MacOS.
However, if we see that certain elements of the interface do not load when starting the desktop, such as the system tray or the Search bar, this can be due to other reasons. At that point we can try to restart the system completely, or run Troubleshooter from the Settings application. And it is that as we mentioned before, the failures in the operating system of the Redmond ones can occur for a multitude of reasons, although they are not as common as some think.
Of course, sometimes the complicated thing, more than the solution as such, is to choose the help functionality that will serve us from the many that we find among the Windows menus and options .