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Explorer - Add "Restart Explorer" to Desktop Context Menu

How to Add "Restart Explorer" to the Desktop Context Menu in Windows
Published by Brink
06 Aug 2011
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How to Add "Restart Explorer" to the Desktop Context Menu in Windows

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This tutorial will show you how to add Restart Explorer to the desktop context menu in Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. When used by any user, it will automatically kill the explorer.exe process, and restart the explorer.exe process when you are ready to.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

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When you right click or press and hold on the desktop and click/tap on Restart Explorer, you will see a command prompt window open indicating that it has killed the explorer.exe process, and will wait on you to press a key before restarting the explorer.exe process.

This way you can use this to kill explorer, do what you need to do while it's killed, then click/tap on the command prompt window to make it the active window again, and press any key to restart explorer.

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OPTION ONE
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.zip

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2. Open the downloaded ZIP file, and extract (drag and drop) both the .reg and .bat files to your desktop.

3. Right click or press and hold on the extracted Restart_Explorer.bat file, click/tap on Properties, click/tap on the General tab, and unblock it.
NOTE: If you do not see a Unblock button, then the file is already unblocked.

4. Right click or press and hold on the extracted and unblocked Restart_Explorer.bat, and click/tap on Copy.

5. In Windows Explorer, navigate to and open the C:\Windows folder. Right click or press and hold on a empty area in the C:\Window folder, click/tap on Paste, then click/tap on Continue and Yes (UAC) if prompted. Close the Windows Explorer window.

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


7. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

8. Restart Explorer has now been added to the desktop context menu.

9. You can delete the download files left on your desktop now if you would like to.



OPTION TWO
To Remove "Restart Explorer" from Desktop Context Menu

NOTE: This is the default setting.
1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and save it to your desktop.
Remove_Restart_Explorer_to_Desktop_Context_Menu.reg

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


3. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK when prompted.

4. Restart Explorer has now been removed from the desktop context menu.

5. In Windows Explorer, navigate to and open the C:\Windows folder, right click or press and hold on the Restart_Explorer.bat file, click/tap on Delete, and Yes (if prompted).

6. You can now delete the download reg file if you would like to.
That's it,
Shawn





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25 Feb 2012   #1
techiegirl

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Hello, I joined the windows 7 forums because I wanted to thank you Brink for your wonderful tutorial re. how to add restart explorer to the desktop.
What a lifesaver this was! I had been having problems with my desktop icons not showing up on starting my computer; also could not access anything on start menu; desktop was "frozen." Had to reboot into safe mode, then restart, then all was well.
After this happened several times though, I took to the net, and found this
wonderful informative forum. After some searching for my problem, I found this post with very nicely spelled out instructions, as well as screen shots and a link to download the .bat file. This solved my problem of a "disappearing desktop."
Just occasionally, something gets messed up and I have to run that file again, and then everything is back like it should be.
I also have made use of the tutorial/post to fix disappearing side bar gadgets; thank you for this!
All in all, I am so glad I have found these wonderful forums!
Thank you, everyone.
techiegirl

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25 Feb 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Techiegirl, and welcome to Seven Forums. Thank you for the kind words.
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