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    Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10

    How to Add 'Restart Explorer' to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10
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    How to Add 'Restart Explorer' to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The explorer.exe process is the user shell for Windows, and is used by such items as the desktop, File Explorer, Start menu, and taskbar. Restarting the explorer.exe process is to stop and start it to effectively refresh explorer.exe. When the explorer.exe process has been stopped (aka: "end task"), you will see a blank black desktop with your mouse pointer showing until explorer.exe has been started again.

    This tutorial will show you how to add 'Restart Explorer' to the desktop context menu of all users in Windows 10.

    While you must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add or remove the context menu, all users will be able to use it.

    Note   Note
    Restart Explorer context menu usage:

    When you right click or press and hold on the desktop and click/tap on Restart Explorer, you will see a command prompt window open indicating that it has stopped the explorer.exe process, and will wait on you to press a key before starting the explorer.exe process again.

    This way you can use the context menu to stop explorer, do what you need to do while it's stopped, click/tap on the command prompt window to make it the active window again, and press any key to start explorer.
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    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Add "Restart Explorer" to Desktop Context Menu
    • Option Two: To Remove "Restart Explorer" from Desktop Context Menu



    EXAMPLE: 'Restart Explorer' desktop context menu
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    Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10
    To Add "Restart Explorer" to Desktop Context Menu

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and save it to your desktop.

    Add_Restart_Explorer_to_Desktop_Context_Menu.zip

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    2. Save the .zip file to you desktop.

    3. Unblock the downloaded .zip file.

    4. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) both the .reg and .bat files to your desktop.

    5. Move the .bat file into the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Click/tap on Continue to approve. (see screenshots below)

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    6. Double click/tap on the .reg file on your desktop to merge it.

    7. Click/tap on Yes and OK to approve the merge.






    Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10
    To Remove "Restart Explorer" from Desktop Context Menu

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and save it to your desktop.

    Remove_Restart_Explorer_from_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg

    download

    2. Save the .reg file to you desktop.

    3. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    4. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    5. In File Explorer, navigate to and open the C:\Windows\System32 folder, right click or press and hold on the Restart_Explorer.bat file, click/tap on Delete, and click/tap on Continue to approve. (see screenshot below)

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    6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Nov 2015
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       2016-02-15 #1

    I just wanted to say that I just found this tutorial, and in some cases, including mine, it helps with the bug which sometimes stops auto-hiding the taskbar from working.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-02-15 #2

    I'm glad it could help Greg.
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  3. Joined : Feb 2016
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    Windows 10 Pro
       2016-02-19 #3

    I use the command [ tskill explorer ] in the "Run" window to refresh explorer.exe
    So, I used your Desktop Context Menu reg file and replaced the batch commands in the bat file for an automatic restart.
    Thanks

    @echo off
    tskill explorer
    exit
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
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       2016-02-19 #4

    Thank you for sharing Grey, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
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    Windows 7
       2016-02-19 #5

    I have never seen my explorer .exe stop. Is that something that commonly happens >>
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-02-19 #6

    whs said: View Post
    I have never seen my explorer .exe stop. Is that something that commonly happens >>
    Hey Wolfgang,

    I mostly use this for when I need to perform an action that requires explorer to be killed while doing it for it to work, then let it restart explorer when finished.

    Other times, it can be helpful whenever you just need to restart explorer for whatever reason.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 1,962
    Windows 7
       2016-02-19 #7

    Thanks Shawn. I see your application. I do not recall that I ever had to stop the explorer though. You must be doing fancy stuff, LOL.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
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       2016-02-19 #8

    Yeah, just a lot of testing at times to see which way would be easier to apply stuff.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2013
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    Windows 7
       2016-02-19 #9

    I guess all your tutorials require a lot of experimenting.
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