How to restart the File Explorer in Windows 10

The File Explorer, or explorer.exe, is one of the core processes of Windows 10. All major applications and processes on the Windows 10 Operating System are controlled and optimised by the explorer.exe. So, if any of the UI elements or applications stop responding on Windows 10, the first thing you should do to fix the problem is restart the File Explorer (explorer.exe).

In this tutorial, we will show you how you can restart the File Explorer (explorer.exe) on your Windows 10 PC.

Using the Task Manager

Step 1. Right Click on the Task bar on your Windows 10 PC.

Step 2. From the pop up menu, click on the Task Manager Option.

Step 3. If you are unable to see all the windows and information on the Task Manager, click on the ‘More Details‘ button.

Step 4. Click on the ‘Processes‘ tab in the Task Manager.

Step 5. Locate and Click on the ‘Windows Explorer‘ option.

Step 6. Click on the ‘Restart‘ button on the bottom right hand side of the Task Manager.

Step 7. Your Desktop icons will disappear for a couple of seconds and re-appear. This indicates that the File Explorer has been restarted on your Windows 10 PC/Laptop.

If the problem persists, you should run a virus scan with the in-built Windows Defender application or check for pending updates. Microsoft keeps pushing out bug fixes and optimisations on a regular basis in the form of updates to apps or to the OS as a whole. Make sure you keep an eye out for those as well.


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