Windows 8 Tip: Restarting Windows Explorer

In Windows 7, there wasn’t an easy way of restarting windows explorer. You were able to kill it and it auto restarted (sometimes) but there was no easy way to just restart it.

But with Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a better task manager and a more better way of restarting windows explorer.

First of all, launch the task manager in Windows 8. You can do it either by hitting Ctrl+Shift+Esc or you can right click at the taskbar and select the option of launching the taskbar.

By default, the task manger is in the less details view mode.

So, you need to switch to detailed view first. Then you need to switch to the processes tab.

Here you need to look for Windows Explorer under Windows processes category.

Then right click on the Windows Explorer. When you right click, the first option will be to Restart the Explorer.

All you need to do is to select that option and wait for a couple of seconds, until the explorer restarts.

This was one of the very demanded features not only by power users but also by the general users, which Microsoft finally brought in Windows 8.

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  • http://twitter.com/Tech_Gone_Wild Ezekiel Carsella

    Amobi have you ever tried to right click in the windows store?? I would recommend trying it out. It shows you all the apps you have installed and even some that are not even in the store! Except evernote and kindle and tuneinradio all of my apps are there!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jereese1 John E Reese

    You can kill explorer in Windows 7:
    Click on start button, press Ctrl + Shift keys & right click on blank area of start menu,  a popup menu with option to exit explorer.  Click on this option to kill explorer.  To start explorer again, press Ctrl + Shift + esc keys, task manager will open, click on files, click on New Task(Run…), type in Explorer.exe and press enter key to restart explorer.  I do this because this will reset Windows Explorer to default settings and restart without going down and back up again.