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Windows 7: Explorer.exe: Where is it?


24 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 
Explorer.exe: Where is it?

I'm currently in the process of replacing my start orb with a custom one. The graphics are all finished but now I'm at the point where I need to locate C:\Windows\Explorer.exe to take ownership of it. The problem is, I can't find it. In folder options, I have "show hidden files" checked. I also have "show file extensions" checked. I'm logged in as administrator but when I go to C: and then to the windows folder, Explorer.exe doesn't exist. I tried the search feature and....nothing. What's going on? I don't want to use an orb changer program, I want to do it manually. It's Windows 7 Pro, BTW. Thanks.

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24 Sep 2010   #2

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

here's some of my windows folder - explorer all present and correct here...(x64)


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24 Sep 2010   #3

 
 

ctrl-shift-esc then right click on explorer.exe in processes gives me open file location, and says its in windows folder...
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24 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

I suspect you've changed its location in the process. Look for explorer.bak. Or run an sfc scan, that'll probably kill all your customization though.

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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24 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Not sure what I'm seeing, there. Is that your Windows folder? I'm not looking for explorer, I'm looking for "explorer.exe" so that I can take ownership of it but I can't find it in the Windows folder.
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24 Sep 2010   #6

 
 

again i repeat ctrl-shift-esc select processes tab and right click on explorer.exe and select open file location. does that not work for you?
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24 Sep 2010   #7

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mborner View Post
Not sure what I'm seeing, there. Is that your Windows folder? I'm not looking for explorer, I'm looking for "explorer.exe" so that I can take ownership of it but I can't find it in the Windows folder.
yes, that's a bit of my windows folder - i just haven't got the '.exe' showing.

follow pusspa's advice - if that doesn't help, try bill's...
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24 Sep 2010   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

This is explorer.exe ,if you right click it ,properties/open file location .
there are several ways to find it as you have been shown ,personally i find this way quicker.
Note: my explorer.exe button is black whereas yours may still be original yellow folder colour
also its a file not a folder you are looking for
Also you could just take ownership of the windows folder ,thus taking ownership of the contents including Explorer. exe


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24 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Pusspa, thanks, I will try that and see what happens. It's a fairly new install and I haven't done much tweaking. I don't see how the folder could have been moved. I'm the only person that uses the PC.
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24 Sep 2010   #10

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mborner View Post
Not sure what I'm seeing, there. Is that your Windows folder? I'm not looking for explorer, I'm looking for "explorer.exe" so that I can take ownership of it but I can't find it in the Windows folder.
yes, that's a bit of my windows folder - i just haven't got the '.exe' showing.

follow pusspa's advice - if that doesn't help, try bill's...
i guess you have hide extensions for known file types ticked


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