Windows 10: Explorer.exe not starting when Win 10 starts

Discus and support Explorer.exe not starting when Win 10 starts in Windows 10 BSOD Crashes and Debugging to solve the problem; A weird thing happened starting yesterday. My win 10 laptop on startup does NOT start Explorer. Instead I get a black screen with a command prompt... Discussion in 'Windows 10 BSOD Crashes and Debugging' started by fncruz, Feb 3, 2020.

  1. fncruz Win User

    Explorer.exe not starting when Win 10 starts

    A weird thing happened starting yesterday. My win 10 laptop on startup does NOT start Explorer. Instead I get a black screen with a command prompt showing C:\Windows\System32. If I close the CMD prompt then I have a totally black screen.

    CTL-ALT-DEL works and I brought up task manager and ran explorer.exe which started file explorer. The CMD prompt did not disappear until I closed it.

    I re-started the computer again and the same happened. I typed explorer.exe in the CMD prompt and that also started file explorer.

    Why does Windows start CMD prompt INSTEAD of explorer.exe??

    Any help would be appreciated!

    fncruz, Feb 3, 2020

  2. Internet Explorer won't start

    Since it's not allowing you to open the settings of the Internet Explorer itself, we suggest that you type inetcpl.cpl on
    the search box to open the Internet Properties and follow the steps provided on the link that we have on our previous post.

    Note: In doing this you can now skip step 1 under Reset Internet Explorer settings.

    If the issue persists, we recommend that you uninstall and reinstall the Internet Explorer.
    To do this, follow the steps below:

    To uninstall the Internet Explorer, follow the steps below:

    • Click the Start button, type
      Programs and Features in the search box, and then select
      View installed updates.

    • Under Uninstall an update, scroll down to the
      Microsoft Windows section.

    • Right-click Internet Explorer 11, click Uninstall and then click

    • Click one of the following:
    • Restart now (to finish the process of uninstalling Internet Explorer 11 and restore the previous version of Internet Explorer)

    • Restart later

    To download and reinstall Internet Explorer, follow the steps below:

    • Check the System Type that you need to install by pressing
      Windows key + Pause key.
    • Check the System type under System (Ex: 64-bit Operating system, x64-based processor).

    • Download Internet Explorer 11 (Offline Installer) on this

    • Choose your preferred language and Service Pack (Ex: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit).

    • Follow the on-screen prompt.

    • Once done, check if the issues persists.

    Note: The installer that you can download on this link also applies in Windows 10.

    We'll wait for your update with the result.
    Zedrick Del, Feb 3, 2020
  3. Bearael Win User
    Start menu won't open on Windows 10

    Love this response.

    I had a similar issue recently. I was able to resolve it by:

    • Open Task Manager
      • Find the Windows Explorer process
        • right-click the process and select Restart

    The Start button was then clickable.
    Bearael, Feb 3, 2020
  4. Explorer.exe not starting when Win 10 starts

    How to add programs to Win 10 automatic start up?

    Thanks, BRCjr told me about that above. Win 10 Pro doesn't seem to have a Start Up folder. One step forward, two steps back. GGGG Is now a rather convoluted process just to add a shortcut.
    USN-SPARKS, Feb 3, 2020

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