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:
Kill the current Windows Explorer instance:
- Open Task Manager (right click on the taskbar or press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and click Task Manager)
- Click on the Processes tab
- Find explorer.exe in the Image Name column
- Right click on it and select End Process or press Delete (this will terminate Windows Explorer process)
Restart Windows Explorer:
- Click File from the menu and select New Task (Run…)
- In the Open filed type explorer and click OK or hit Enter (this will open the Windows Explorer process)
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.
taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
- 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
- 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: http://1drv.ms/1F5DUiI