Windows 8 and Later Allow You to Restart Explorer Using Task Manager
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 wise move from Microsoft.
Also check out following tutorial to learn about various other methods to easily restart Explorer in all Windows versions:
Posted in: Windows 8 / 8.1
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