Windows 10: File Explorer (explorer.exe) Does Not Load Automatically At Startup. Solved

  1. ArlandrioFF's Avatar
    Posts : 45
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro CORE x64
       11 Jun 2016 #1

    File Explorer (explorer.exe) Does Not Load Automatically At Startup.

    Hi all,

    I been having this problem for a while. When I boot up my PC and I get to the part of account login, loads my user automatically but the file explorer does not, just shows me a black screen. I can still do CTRL+ALT+DEL or CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to bring the task manager up and there is no explorer.exe running. When I try to run it myself I get an error (I can't remember the error, if it happens again, I will take a picture of it). I did a little bit of research, some pages were talking about checking the registry editor in HK_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon and check the value of Shell to be "explorer.exe" and mine it is, so that's out of the way.

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    I haven't found anything else, if someone knows what is causing it or any insight in how to repair it, please post it.

    Thank you.
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 6,399
    Windows 10 Pro X64 17134.191
       11 Jun 2016 #2

    Can you boot to Safe Mode?

    From the Ctrl+Alt+Del screen, click on the power icon at lower right. Press and hold the Shift key and click on Restart.
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  3. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 3,413
    10.6 Home 1809 x64
       12 Jun 2016 #3

    Run CMD as admin and copy/paste those entries, there are the only one I know required to start properly:

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v "Shell" /t REG_SZ /d "explorer.exe" /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v "Userinit" /t REG_SZ /d "C:\Windows\System32\userinit.exe," /f
    reg add "HKLM\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v "Shell" /t REG_SZ /d "explorer.exe" /f
    reg add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager" /v "BootExecute" /t REG_MULTI_SZ /d "autocheck autochk *" /f
    reg add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager" /v "SETUPEXECUTE" /t REG_MULTI_SZ /d "" /f
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  4.    18 Jul 2017 #4

    TairikuOkami your strings just bailed me out !
    I was at wits end trying to get explorer to start automatically..
    thanks so much !

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