I need a batch file to stop and restart explorer.exe, but I don't know all the commands needed. I know if you select it from the task manager you can restart it, but I want a file on my desktop I can double-click. I'm using Windows 10 Professional.
Pretty simple to do this and pretty self-explanatory:
taskkill /im explorer.exe /f start explorer.exe exit
/im makes it look for a process name.
/f says to kill it forcefully, however your force is as powerful as the permissions you have.
thank you - it worked :D although the timeout command isn't necessary :/ Aug 30, 2017 at 5:23
1also, explaining what each command does and why the flags used are necessary could help a future viewer of this question with a similar but not identical problem Aug 30, 2017 at 6:56
pausecommand in between taskkill and start commands will give some time to restart. Aug 30, 2017 at 7:31
1Nice! I created a shortcut with this target:
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /c taskkill /im explorer.exe /f & start explorer.exe- bonus, you can assign this shortcut a hotkey to trigger it quickly and easily similar to how
Backspacerestarts the X server in Linux.– MerrittMay 28, 2021 at 14:28
To restart Explorer in Windows 10, I created a shortcut with the
powershell -command "gps explorer | spps"
gps is the Alias for Get-Process
spps is the alias for Stop-Process