[Solved] Restart Windows Explorer.exe to Fix Windows Unresponsive Problem


Question: How to solve the problem of Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) has stopped working or unresponsive?

Windows Explorer also known as Windows Shell which is the graphical user interface (GUI) that renders the Taskbar, Start Menu, System Tray, Windows Explorer file manager, desktop icons, task switcher and other elements.

Problem: When Windows Explorer becomes unresponsive and freezes, it’s often necessary to reboot the computer. You can often fix the problem without waiting for full restart. Instead, you can usually just restart the Windows Explorer to clear up the issue. There are different methods to restart Windows Explorer by Automatic and Manual.

Restart Windows Explorer via Task Manager
Step 1: Press Control + Shift + Escape, or right click Start Menu and click Task Manager.
Step 2: Click Processes tab at the top.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom, under Windows processes, and click Windows Explorer to highlight.
Step 4: Click Restart.

Restart Windows Explorer via Start Menu
Step 1: Open Start menu.
Step 2: Hold down Control + Shift keys and right-click on blank space in the Start menu.
Step 3: Choose Exit Explorer.
Step 4: Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager, navigate to File > New Task (Run…), enter explorer and click OK.

Restart Windows Explorer using Batch File
Step 1: Open Notepad or any other text editor.
Step 2: Copy below command and paste it into three separate lines in your blank text document.
taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
start explorer.exe
exit

Step 3: Save the file with .bat extension.
Step 4: Double click the bat file to execute the command to restart Windows Explorer.