You might faced the situation when the Windows explorer does not work properly. For example, opening a folder from your explorer window takes a lot of time or it does not respond for any Windows explorer problems. In such a situation, many users like to restart their computer while some users just want to restart the Windows Explorer.
The very common and generally used procedure of restarting Windows Explorer is as follows:
1. Press Alt +Ctrl + Del and click on “Start Task manager“.
2. Select explorer.exe from the list of running processes under the “Processes” tab.
3. Click on “End Process” button.
This will stop the Windows explorer. To restart that, you should follow the steps below:
1. At the Task Manager window, head to the “Applications” tab and click on “New Task…”.
2. A “Create New Task” pop-up box will appear. Type “explorer.exe” (without the quotes) and click “OK”.
This will start the Windows explorer again.
But, what would be that if you could complete all the above steps by a single click from the right-click context menu? Yes, all those workarounds can be done from the context menu by adding an entry. Well! Let me go through the steps involving into adding “Restart Windows Explorer” at the right-click context menu in Windows 7 or Vista.
Step 1: Press Win + R and type “regedit” (without the quotes) then hit Enter to pen the registry editor.
Step 2: Navigate to the following key from the left side of the registry editor.
Step 3: Right-click on the key Shell and click on New > Key.
Give the name of the key as “Restart Windows Explorer”.
Step 4: Again right-click on the recently created key “Restart Windows Explorer” and click on New > Key to create another key under it. Give the key name as “command”.
Step 5: Keep the key “command” selected and then double click on (Default) from the right-side pane.
Step 6: Type the following statement at the “Value data” field and click OK.
You are done! Right-click on your desktop.
You can see that a new entry “Restart Windows Explorer” has been added at the context menu.
Now, whenever you wish to restart the Windows Explorer, just right-click on the empty space in the desktop and click “Restart Windows Explorer”.