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How To Restart Windows Explorer Without Rebooting

Restart Explorer without reboot

Windows Explorer can sometimes freeze and become unresponsive while other applications may continue to run without any apparent problems. Below are two methods how to restart Windows Explorer without rebooting:

Method 1

Kill the current Windows Explorer instance:

  1. Open Task Manager (right click on the taskbar or press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and click Task Manager)
  2. Click on the Processes tab
  3. Find explorer.exe in the Image Name column
  4. Right click on it and select End Process or press Delete (this will terminate Windows Explorer process)

Restart Windows Explorer:

  1. Click File from the menu and select New Task (Run…)
  2. In the Open filed type explorer and click OK or hit Enter (this will open the Windows Explorer process)

Method 2

It might be easier to create a batch file that you can use to quickly restart the Windows Explorer process. Simply open the file and the process will automatically restart.

Below are the steps to create the batch file:

  • Create a new text file
  • Copy the lines below and paste them into the text file.

Restart Windows Explorer

  • Save the file as Windows Batch File. Make sure in the Save As dialog you select All Files (*.*) from the Save as type dropdown list and type .bat after desired file name


  • Now every time you want to restart the Windows Explorer just double click the batch file

Windows Explorer Batch File

  • You can pin the file to Start menu, move it on Desktop or anywhere is easier for you to open it.

Note: You should fully restart the computer for optimal performance, restarting the Windows Explorer should be used as a temporary solution before a real restart.

You can download the .bat file from my OneDrive: 

Or you can restart Windows without restarting your computer.

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How to enable check boxes in Windows 7

Enable Windows check boxes

Some people like to enable check boxes in Windows to be able to select multiple items at one time. To enable this option follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel from the Start menu
  2. Find Folder Options and open it

Or, you can simply type “folder options” in the Start menu address bar and press Enter (I prefer this method, much easier)
Now, in the Folder Options window select the View tab, scroll in the Advanced settings section and you should find the Use check boxes to select items option. Check it and click OK.

Then you will be able to use the check boxes to select multiple files

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How to remove Windows 7 or Vista on Dual Boot System

I had an annoying problem on my desktop. I had 2 partitions on my computer – on the main partition I had Windows XP Pro and on the second partition I had Windows Vista (Vista was the default OS)

I had to format my Vista partition for I needed that partition for storage. Unfortunately every time I restarted the computer I got an error that could not find the Vista boot info. This was very frustrating since I was using my desktop via Remote Desktop Connection, so I could not login unless I was manually select Windows XP.

Trying to change the boot.ini did not work, since boot.ini si for Windows XP only.


Here is the solution:

  1. Boot up and log on to Windows XP desktop.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista or Windows 7 DVD installation disc into CD-ROM or DVD-ROM optical drive.

    Alternatively, mount the Windows 7 or Windows Vista DVD ISO image on any virtual drive, like Magic Disk – freeware.

  3. Run Command Prompt, or click directly to Start menu -> Run command.
  4. In the command prompt or the Run text box, issue the following command and hit Enter:

    [DVD Drive Letter]:bootbootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force

    For example,

    If the DVD drive path is D:, then enter the following:

    D:bootbootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force

    The step will remove the boot menu to select operating system to start.

  5. Remove the DVD disc and restart the computer.
  6. The computer will boot up with Windows XP installation partition.

Important: Do not try this your dual boot system is Windows 7 and Windows Vista.


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Unhide Windows 7 GodMode

The “GodMode” is a hidden feature available only for Windows 7 and lets users access all of the operating system’s control panels (285 items available for me) from within a single folder.
To unhide the feature you have to create a new folder anywhere on your hard drive and simply rename it in


and the folder should changed from the default blank folder icon to a Control Panel looking icon.
Double click on the “GodMode” icon to open it up. It looks similar to the Control Panel window, with all options placed in list format. When you on a item you will be able to go straight to the adjustments.

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Use Small Icons on Windows 7 Taskbar

If you want to change the large taskbar in Windows 7 to save allot of space you have to check the Use small icons option from Taskbar and Start Menu Properties
To do this, right-click on an empty space in the taskbar and click on Properties.


On the Taskbar tab, check the Use small icons box. Then click the OK button.


See below the comparison between large and small icons in the task bar.



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How to make Windows 7 and Vista run more smoothly having Aero enabled

You need to adjust some visual effects like Show window contents while dragging and Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing. To do so follow the next steps:
· Type advanced system settings into the search box from Start menu and hit Enter
advanced system settings
· In the System Properties window click on the Settings button under Performance
system properties
· In the Visual Effects tab uncheck the Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing and Show window contents while dragging then click OK and close the System Properties window.
performance options
Now you’ll notice windows opening quicker and just the outline borders of the window while dragging it.