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It is very common, after installing a new software in Windows Vista, to be prompted to reboot the computer in order to finish the installation. A lot of times this operation is not necessary at all, since it is just sufficent to restart Explorer to start using the software. Here is a couple of hacks to apply in order to restart Explorer and use your applications at once.

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL
  2. Select Start Task Manager.
  3. In the Task Manager window, click on explorer.exe entry and kill it (end process).
  1. Open your notepad.
  2. Type: @echo off
    taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
  3. Save the file with extension .bat
  4. Create a shortcut on the desktop. Every time you need to restart Explorer, just doublke-click on it.

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2 Comments to “How to restart Explorer in Windows Vista”

  1. Web Talk Says:

    Mmm…it is possible. If you use the default Start Menu in Vista try this:

    1) Click Start.
    2) Now, press and hold the CTRL and SHIFT buttons and right-click in any empty are of the search box.
    3) A menu should appear showing you two options, namely Exit Explorer and Properties.
    4) Cick Exit Explorer.
    5) To launch Explorer again go to Run…, and type Explorer.exe.

  2. carmine Says:

    all this did was make my desktop go away. only way to bring back was to goto run and type explorer

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