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  1. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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       #20

    @Brink, there is another option to automatically restart explorer.exe.

    Right-click on the Start button --> Windows PowerShell.
    Run the following line of commands:

    CMD /C "TaskKill /f /im explorer.exe && Start explorer.exe"

    Reference: Kill and Restart Explorer.
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  2. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1052
       #21

    Matthew Wai said:
    @Brink, there is another option to automatically restart explorer.exe.
    Right-click on the Start button --> Windows PowerShell.
    Run the following line of commands:
    CMD /C "TaskKill /f /im explorer.exe && Start explorer.exe"
    Reference: Kill and Restart Explorer.
    The command can be put into a shortcut. No PS window is required.
    - That's what Paul was doing in that source thread. He omits the " that I include {perhaps cmd.exe only needed them in earlier Windows versions?}.
    - The shortcut can contain this [it does not need Admin permission]
    Code:
    cmd.exe /c "taskkill.exe /f /im explorer.exe && start explorer.exe"
    The shortcut is here - Restart explorer.zip {Unblock the shortcut after extracting it - right-click, Properties, General tab, Unblock ...}


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  3. Paul Black's Avatar
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       #22

    Hello @Brink ,

    I started a thread here => Kill and Restart Explorer that gives an Alternative Method to Kill and Restart Explorer. It also works in a Toolbar Shortcut. Either of these work . . .

    Code:
    
    cmd.exe /c taskkill.exe /f /im explorer.exe && start explorer.exe
    cmd.exe /c C:\Windows\System32\taskkill.exe /f /im explorer.exe && start explorer.exe

    Maybe this would be a good addition to the Tutorial?

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  4. Paul Black's Avatar
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       #23

    Matthew Wai said:
    @Brink, there is another option to automatically restart explorer.exe.

    Right-click on the Start button --> Windows PowerShell.
    Run the following line of commands:

    CMD /C "TaskKill /f /im explorer.exe && Start explorer.exe"

    Reference: Kill and Restart Explorer.

    You were quick to jump in!
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  5. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #24

    @Brink, @Try3, and @Paul Black,

    Create_a_shortcut_to_restart_File_Explorer.bat

    The above batch script will create a desktop shortcut to restart explorer.exe.
    Do you think it can be added into this tutorial?
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1052
       #25

    Matthew Wai said:
    @Brink, @Try3, and @Paul Black,
    Create_a_shortcut_to_restart_File_Explorer.bat
    The above batch script will create a desktop shortcut to restart explorer.exe.
    Do you think it can be added into this tutorial?
    No, it should not be. The shortcut itself can be downloaded instead - see post #21

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 4 Weeks Ago at 08:28.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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  8. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1052
       #27

    Brink,

    By the way, Option 3 of this tutorial does not exist in my taskbar context menu. There is no Exit explorer entry there at all.
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928

    Denis
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       #28

    Try3 said:
    Brink,

    By the way, Option 3 of this tutorial does not exist in my taskbar context menu. There is no Exit explorer entry there at all.
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928

    Denis
    Hello Denis,

    It's there. You'll have to press and hold the Shift+Ctrl keys while right clicking on the taskbar.
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  10. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1052
       #29

    Sorry. Perhaps I'm overdue my eyesight test.

    All the best,
    Denis
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