Windows 10: Is it possible to make a shortcut that restarts a program?

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  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home
       18 Sep 2015 #1

    Is it possible to make a shortcut that restarts a program?


    Short version: Can I make a shortcut that restarts a program?

    Long version: I absolutely love Windows 10 and am so glad I upgraded! The only bad thing about it that I can find so far is that every once in a while the start menu and Cortana will stop working. Well, I did some research and found out that if you go into the task manager and restart "explorer.exe" that it reloads the start menu and Cortana so I tried it and it worked! The only problem now is that I don't want to have to go into the task manager and restart explorer.exe every time so I was wondering... is it possible to make a shortcut that restarts explorer.exe?

    Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 2,554
    Windows 10 Home x64: 1607 Redstone (1) Build 14393.1198
       18 Sep 2015 #2

    Why don't you do what I did and I posted about it put the programs you want straight into the Favourites bar and then click straight into them.
    Look at my post Edge Browser

    Edge Browser - Windows 10 Forums
    Last edited by hTconeM9user; 18 Sep 2015 at 15:30. Reason: added
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  3. Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       18 Sep 2015 #3

    SEC07 said: View Post
    ... is it possible to make a shortcut that restarts explorer.exe?
    A batch file:
    Is there a way to kill explorer.exe and then run a batch file that starts it again?

    And someone wrote a little app too:
    Two tools to exit and restart the explorer shell properly
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  4.    18 Sep 2015 #4

    Whatever you do don't use a script to restart explorer.exe and right click and run it as Admin. It messes up all your permissions.

    Anyway this powershell will stop (and restart) explorer.exe: stop-process -processname explorer
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  5.    18 Sep 2015 #5

    halasz said: View Post
    Whatever you do don't use a script to restart explorer.exe and right click and run it as Admin. It messes up all your permissions.

    Anyway this powershell will stop (and restart) explorer.exe: stop-process -processname explorer
    By default a process will run with the rights and permissions of the process that started it and almost everything you run will be directly or indirectly started by explorer.exe. That would be convenient, but not very secure. That is why the warning.
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  6. Posts : 558
    Windows 10 Pro/Windows 7 Ultimate
       18 Sep 2015 #6

    SEC07 said: View Post
    Short version: Can I make a shortcut that restarts a program?

    Long version: I absolutely love Windows 10 and am so glad I upgraded! The only bad thing about it that I can find so far is that every once in a while the start menu and Cortana will stop working. Well, I did some research and found out that if you go into the task manager and restart "explorer.exe" that it reloads the start menu and Cortana so I tried it and it worked! The only problem now is that I don't want to have to go into the task manager and restart explorer.exe every time so I was wondering... is it possible to make a shortcut that restarts explorer.exe?

    Thanks!
    Read this: I set up a toggle to start/stop airprint. a couple of good solutions in there, Batch file are still useful!
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  7. Posts : 3,188
    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
       18 Sep 2015 #7

    makes me wonder ,, if explorer.exe is not working how you gona run the batch file or what ever you create ...

    seems to me you need to try and fix what ever is causing explorer to crash..
    maybe start with opening a admin command prompt and typing in , sfc /scannow to see if it finds any thing
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  8. Posts : 705
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       18 Sep 2015 #8

    caperjack said: View Post
    makes me wonder ,, if explorer.exe is not working how you gona run the batch file or what ever you create ...

    seems to me you need to try and fix what ever is causing explorer to crash..
    maybe start with opening a admin command prompt and typing in , sfc /scannow to see if it finds any thing
    Yes indeed. The problem won't go away by just treating the symptom
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  9. Posts : 20,847
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       18 Sep 2015 #9
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  10. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       19 Sep 2015 #10

    caperjack said: View Post
    makes me wonder ,, if explorer.exe is not working how you gona run the batch file or what ever you create ...

    seems to me you need to try and fix what ever is causing explorer to crash..
    maybe start with opening a admin command prompt and typing in , sfc /scannow to see if it finds any thing
    The start menu and Cortana not working seems to be a common problem. Everything else is working fine. Any idea what could be wrong?
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