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Windows 7: How can I restore my original explorer.exe?

01 Nov 2009   #1
billybest

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
How can I restore my original explorer.exe?

I was installing a theme and I accidently replaced the explorer.exe in my Windows folder without creating a backup. I do not have any restore points. Everything works fine, it's just that I want to go back to my original explorer.exe with the default start button (that SHOULD be the only change).

What are my options?

EDIT: Will "sfc /scannow" catch the changed explorer.exe?


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01 Nov 2009   #2
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

look for a backup (explorer.bak) or run sfc /scannow in admin command prompt
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01 Nov 2009   #3
billybest

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
look for a backup (explorer.bak) or run sfc /scannow in admin command prompt
Thank you. Scanning restored the start button.
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28 May 2011   #4
proagony

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows XP Pro Sp2 x64
 
 

Another way to do this. I messed up my explorer.exe and Windows said it was invalid.

What I did was Ctrl+Alt+Delete to open task manager, then the "New Task" button. I typed "cmd" in the box to open the command prompt.

I used the "dir" command in my C:\Windows folder and saw that Windows had created a explorer.backup.exe for me in case I needed it. Useful.

Simply navigate to C:\Windows, "del explorer.exe" if it exists, then "rename explorer.backup.exe explorer.exe" to rename it to the main one. Then just type "explorer"
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18 Mar 2013   #5
Michigr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I have a similar problem, I recently installed a 3rd party theme called Dark Agility that altered my explorer.exe, explorerFrame.dll and shell32.dll. I already tried using cmd command sfc /scannow and although I am an admin keeps telling me that I don't have admin rights! I considered restoring to default system settings, since it has a recovery partition since i bought the thing I am worried about the damage will do to my files and settings! thanks in advance.
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23 Mar 2013   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums Michigr. You ran the command prompt as admin as stated in the tute?

Start> In search box type cmd> Right click on cmd.exe in results above and choose Run as administrator

Follow the rest of the tute.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If you are doing that already, post a screenshot of the error you receive.

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A Guy
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24 Mar 2013   #7
Michigr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums Michigr. You ran the command prompt as admin as stated in the tute?

Start> In search box type cmd> Right click on cmd.exe in results above and choose Run as administrator

Follow the rest of the tute.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

If you are doing that already, post a screenshot of the error you receive.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

A Guy
thank you my friend, and thanks again! the problem was that I was just executing cmd.exe from task manager directly and not via the start menu!(siily me) I did the search and vu a la! other then that the command worked wonders!!!
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24 Mar 2013   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Glad to hear you got it sorted

A Guy
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24 Mar 2013   #9
Michigr

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I am surprized you understood what I wrote! hehe thanks for the follow up!
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