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  1. Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10


    How to: Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10

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


    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.


    Restart Explorer context menu usage:

    When you right click or press and hold on the desktop and click/tap on Restart Explorer in the context menu, you can then select to click/tap on Restart Explorer Now or Restart Explorer with Pause.

    Restart Explorer Now will instantly restart the explorer.exe process now.

    Restart Explorer with Pause will open a command prompt window indicating that it has stopped the explorer.exe process, and will wait on you to press any 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

    Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION ONE [/i] 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.reg

    Download
    2. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

    5. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.





    OPTION TWO [/i] 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 your desktop.

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

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

    5. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    That's it,
    Shawn


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    gregyurkon, Feb 15, 2016
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  2. MikeLewis1954, Feb 15, 2016
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  3. Gerry C J Cornell, Feb 15, 2016
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  4. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10

    I'm glad it could help Greg. *Smile
     
    Brink, Feb 15, 2016
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  5. 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
     
    GreyThorne, Feb 19, 2016
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  6. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Thank you for sharing Grey, and welcome to Ten Forums. *Smile
     
    Brink, Feb 19, 2016
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  7. WHS
    whs Win User
    I have never seen my explorer .exe stop. Is that something that commonly happens >>
     
  8. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10

    Hey Wolfgang, *Smile

    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.
     
    Brink, Feb 19, 2016
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  9. WHS
    whs Win User
    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.
     
  10. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Yeah, just a lot of testing at times to see which way would be easier to apply stuff.
     
    Brink, Feb 19, 2016
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  11. WHS
    whs Win User
    I guess all your tutorials require a lot of experimenting.
     
  12. Double Win User
    Great tutorial. Sometimes when Windows Explorer crashes, ctrl+alt+delete doesn't always open the Task Manager in time, or may it be unresponsive altogether when i need it most. This is a great workaround to that and saves time, thank you *Biggrin
     
    Double, Apr 15, 2016
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  13. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Restart Explorer Context Menu - Add in Windows 10

    You're most welcome Double. I'm glad it could help. *Smile
     
    Brink, Apr 15, 2016
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  14. Ztruker Win User
    Shawn, what about adding the Extend string key so you need to press the Shift key to see the Restart Explorer Context Menu entry?
    Would be less clutter on the normal Context Menu.
     
    Ztruker, Apr 15, 2016
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  15. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Hey Rich, *Smile

    Sure that could be done if folks wanted. I just didn't do it since I figured that most folks may want it visible if added.
     
    Brink, Apr 15, 2016
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