Just found another interesting thing in Windows 8 today. Windows 8 Task Manager comes with a built-in option to direct restart Explorer.
To get this feature, simply follow these simple steps:
1. Open Task Manager by right-click on Taskbar and select Start Task Manager or by using keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+Shift+Esc".
2. Click on More Details button and go to "Processes" tab.
3. Now look for "Windows Explorer" process. As soon as you click on it, you'll get a new button "Restart" at the bottom-right corner of the window.
You can also right-click on the process and select "Restart" option.
In previous Windows versions including Windows Vista and 7, we need to first end task of Explorer process using Task Manager and then restart it using File -> New Task and then type Explorer.exe.
Its really a welcome and wise move from Microsoft.
You can check following tutorials to add Restart Explorer option in Desktop context menu:
- Restarter: Restart Explorer, uxms Service and Kill Not Responding Tasks Using Windows System Tray
- Add "Restart Explorer" Option in Desktop and Explorer Context Menu under Windows Vista and 7
- Create Simple Script to Close and Restart Explorer Automatically in Windows XP, Vista and 7
Also check following interesting hidden tricks to end task of Explorer in Windows XP, Vista and 7:
- Hidden Trick to Exit Windows Explorer Using Shut Down Dialog Box in Windows XP
- Hidden Trick to Exit Windows Explorer Using Start Menu in Windows Vista and 7