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    Low Bitrate Rillee's Avatar
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    Restart explorer

    If explorer shell crash should it not just restart?
    Is there a services that i have disable thats check if explorer is running?

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    Don't know exectly what you mean, But you could trY this:
    start up your computer, if its in windows pres ctrl alt del. than select tasks..
    (its called taakbeheer in my dutch os) pres the first tab, new task, go to the windows directory en select explorer than ok and than your mobo should work
    and reset what ever it is you switched off or reset it using the help backup.

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    If you kill the explorer.exe processes in task manager will it just start again? mine does not

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    no you don't kill it, you start it. Than your icons on the desktop will (re)appear.
    If the icons are already present, than it will launch a windows-explorer

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    ...only if Windows explorer is also closed...else you'll just open it.
    From task manager, new task, just type explorer.exe. If your desktop doesn't reappear, then you have Windows Explorer running, and need to kill it...

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    yes, if explorer.exe dies (from a crash OR a manual kill) it *should* restart itself within seconds. However, I have seen a few times where it does not automatically restart (unknown to me why not) and you have to manually start it again. But 99% of the time explorer.exe has restart itself on its own for me.

    If its not restarting on its own for you, here's how to manually start it again:

    1) Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up a shutdown/restart dialog box
    2) Press the "Tash Manager" button on this dialog.
    3) Click "File" from the task manager menu bar.
    4) Click "Run"
    5) Type in "explorer.exe" without quotes and click OK.

    Hope this helps!
    -Billy

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    But like I also said, only if Windows Explorer isn't also running...else you have to 'kill task' it before restarting explorer.exe'

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyGalbreath View Post
    yes, if explorer.exe dies (from a crash OR a manual kill) it *should* restart itself within seconds. However, I have seen a few times where it does not automatically restart (unknown to me why not) and you have to manually start it again. But 99% of the time explorer.exe has restart itself on its own for me.
    It's restating in my carpc but not on my workstation. So now can i change the shell to my front end. Not that my frontend crash but it would be nice if it should crash that i will restart itself, and im using minlogon so no ctrl+alt+del.

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    explore.exe is the process/application that is used as your main windows interface and the general folder view.

    I have not read up on it as such, But if your replace the explorer.exe in the windows with your own executable file such as notepad.exe or anything like that then upon start up windows that application will be launched. If in such a case as this, If you run explorer.exe you will notice it will only load the "Windows Folder Explorer" and not the GUI version which includes your startmenu/icons.

    You can change the startup GUI/App with modifying the following:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
    "Shell"="Explorer.exe"

    My guess would be that the explorer.exe checks the registry and if the Shell=Explorer.exe condition is true then it will load itself as a GUI and if the Application Previous Instance is true then it will load the windows folder explorer there afterwards.

    Now in regards to it reloading itself upon a crash, This will happen in an ideal world and computer setup but normally will only work maybe 10% of the time.
    You can sometimes be lucky and have the explorer.exe reload by pressing the "Windows Key" on the keyboard as this sends a call to the startmenu being part of the explorer.exe or using "Ctrl + Esc" as this does the same call.

    You can do something simple like build an exe that checks if explorer.exe is loaded and if not then will simply launch this and then install this exe as a service of your own.

    It really depends on what your wanting todo, If you just want to keep explorer loaded then having your own exe service as a checker should be fine. I would think this type of application already exists considering its a very easy thing to build and do.
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