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Explorer.exe - Kill all processes at once

Kill all explorer.exe running processes with one click
Published by limneos
13 Feb 2009
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How to Kill all Explorer.exe Instances with One Move

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to kill all running explorer.exe (windows explorer) windows at once in Vista and Windows 7. (in cases of crashes or debugging reasons)

Note   Note
The usual way of killing explorer.exe process is by opening Task Manager, going to the Processes tab , right clicking the explorer.exe instance and clicking "End Process".

Here's How:

1. Click on Start to open the Start Menu. Now while holding down the Ctrl+Shift key, right click on the power button, and click on Exit Explorer.
Explorer.exe - Kill all processes at once-start_menu_exit_explorer.jpg

That's it. If you need to start explorer again though, the only way is to open task manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and goto File-> New task (run) and type explorer.exe {enter}

Explorer.exe - Kill all processes at once-run_explorer_task_manager-2.jpg


13 Feb 2009   #1

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Thanks limneos. Nice find.


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07 Mar 2009   #2

Windows 7

great trick

Thank u
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13 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Not sure if it's just me but when I did this and exited explorer, not only did it exit my explorer windows, it also completely closed out my taskbar, and made it a blank blue box. I was able to get it back by re-opening explorer as it said later in the tutorial.
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18 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Is this how I delete IE 32 bit version or inactivate it?? I am running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit and I noticed there are 2 browsers. A 32 bit and 64 bit (which is located in all programs). The default when I click on the "E" 32 bit IE automatically pops up. My real question is: Should I be using 64bit IE all the time as my default since I am using 64 bit windows 7 ?? I found out which version I was using by clicking on the "Help" tab in the upper right hand corner of explorere then clicking on "About Internet Explorer" if no version is displayed than you are using the 32 bit version if using 64 bit then 64 bit version will be displayed. Does it really matter which version is used?? Shouldn't the 64 bit version be the default in Windows 7 64 bit?? Thanks in advance.

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10 Dec 2011   #5

windows 7 home premium 64bit

I would like to ask if this is helpful/necessary before I do it ? Thanks ?
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10 Dec 2011   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


It's really only helpful in cases of when explorer.exe crashes, or for debugging reasons. Otherwise, there's really no need to.
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10 Dec 2011   #7

windows 7 home premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post

It's really only helpful in cases of when explorer.exe crashes, or for debugging reasons. Otherwise, there's really no need to.
Did it but can enable it anytime. Thanks again Brink.
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21 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Nice trick ......
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