3 Ways to Restart Explorer Process in Windows 10

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I was having an issue on my computer lately where I had to frequently restart the Explorer process to get my computer back to work. And that got me thinking of the ways I can do that.

Task Manager

Right-click the Taskbar and choose Task Manager to open it. Or alternatively, simply press Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Find Windows Explorer in the Process list, and click the Restart button at the bottom right corner.

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Command Prompt 

If you are having trouble opening Task Manager, running the following two command lines in a Command Prompt would do the same.

taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe
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You can save the two command lines in a batch file so you can easily run it by just double-clicking it.

PowerShell

This is going to be by far the easiest. Open a PowerShell console and run the following cmdlet and watch the Explorer process to be killed and restarted.

Stop-Process -ProcessName explorer
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You can save it as a .PS1 file on your desktop for easy access as well. Even better, you can create a PowerShell module to Restart Explorer, if you are interested.

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