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Windows 7: Multiple explorer.exe listed in task manager

30 Nov 2009   #1
SRB

Windows 7
 
 
Multiple explorer.exe listed in task manager

Looked in the task manager today and noticed 4 separate entries for explorer.exe / windows explorer. Is this normal? Or does it indicate a problem? Windows 7 32 bit system.

Thank you for your time,
Steve


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30 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello SRB, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This is normal when new explorer windows open as a separate process. When they are closed, the extra explorer.exe process should end as well in Task Manager a few moments later.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Nov 2009   #3
SRB

Windows 7
 
 

Brink - Thanks. I popped open 4-5 Windows Explorers and noticed that the multiple entries were back. And as you say, once I closed them the extra processes went away. Now only 2 remain.

Thanks again, Steve.
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01 Dec 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Steve. It's Windows 7 way of helping to make sure that if one of those explorer window crashes for whatever reason, the other ones will still be working.
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