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Is there a way to start windows "explorer" process from command line?

Because of some problem in my Vista OS, explorer process crashes frequently (i can not see TaskBar after that) but using the open windows i can access the cmd.exe ( ctrl+alt+delete does not work). If there could be a command to start "explorer" process again or to start the Task manager then that would help a lot.


Edit: explorer command starts the explorer process, but alt+ctrl+del is still not working, any help?

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Ctrl+Alt+Del is always handled by the system (more precisely, winlogon), and no other programs are ever allowed to intercept it. If the system does not react to CAD, yet you can open Task Manager using other methods, then you have bigger problems. – grawity Jun 13 '10 at 12:40
Then winlogon asks the GINA what to do. – Hello71 Jul 4 '10 at 1:11
In CMD, if you just type "explorer" without quotes it should fire up! – 0xab3d Apr 20 '12 at 14:14
And upgrade to Windows 7, it's Vista well-done ;) – 0xab3d Apr 20 '12 at 14:15
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I use taskmanager. Click. File -> New task and write explorer. You can start task manager by pushing control + shift + escape. The method I described works for me when explorer crashes.

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A good thing to try for more stability is in Explorer > Folder Options and check the option for "Launch folder windows in separate processes". That way a crash in one explorer shouldn't take out all other windows.

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This probably should have been a comment since it doesn't actually answer the question. – Joey Jun 13 '10 at 11:37

Win + R and then Type EXPLORER

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You can create a shortcut to C:\Windows\System32\taskmgr.exe

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Sandeep Bansal wrote

"Win + R and then Type EXPLORER"

No, this will open one instance of windows explorer window, this doesn't start the explorer process, say, if we have killed the explorer from task manager or from batch file using "taskkill".

I have seen "start explorer" command in a batch file, which, the developer of that file says, should start explorer as a process, but that also is just opening a new instance of explorer window in my w10, and not starting the overall process.

the developer of the batch file maintains that this is the correct command to start the explorer process and, he says, there should be some setting in my box that is preventing this command to start explorer as a process.

You can r&d with this.

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