TL/DR: I want a power outage and crash proof way of remembering what folders explorer.exe had open. And I'm aware of and don't want to use gorram Total Commander and the like; stop recommending that, it doesn't solve my poroblem.

I'm running Windows 7 x64 and my Windows Explorer (Explorer.exe) crashes every now and then. The last time it happened, I dragged 2 shortcuts to movies into VLC.

Anyway, even though I ticked the folder option to store Explorer Windows in separate processes, hoping they would act like Chrome processes, they don't. For a year now, every time Explorer decides something went wrong in one folder, it closes everything and I lose my open folders.

This isn't a huge deal, but I hate having to remember what folders I was working with and have to go through a huge tree to find that one folder I had open and open it again.

So my question to you is, Do you know of any program, taskbar overlord, something, that will remember what folders you have open, so it can restore them in the event of an Explorer.exe crash or even a system crash&reset? For instance I'm using Desktop Restore by Jamie O'Connell to remember the icons positions on desktop. It's a handy tool which lies in the desktop Context Menu.

(I have ticked the "restore open folders on startup" obviously, but that only works when things don't crash :) )

I've also found RollBack Rx (also mentioned in this question) but I don't think I need to go as far as installing something like that to the master boot record. Though, it does sound like a handy tool. Has anyone used it before? How much space does it actually reserve? Because I don't have 1x my C:\ drive in free space available anywhere and I don't think it's worth it.

[EDIT] You were curious about why my explorer crashes. And I said it's never the same thing, and not that often. And here is an example:

My explorer just crashed when I right clicked on a usb stick in My Computer (hoping to eject it). The usb is fairly old, and I had hibernated and waked my computer in the middle of a transfer from it. Of course, the transfer was long over when I right clicked on the USB, so I don't think it's related to that. Anyway, one more crash I wish I had a backup for.

  • possible duplicate of Program to restore open windows after crash – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Aug 17 '11 at 11:31
  • @Mehper C. Palavuzlar - I have read that question. but my question is about exprerer.exe, just for the folders open, not everything else. – Spectraljump Aug 17 '11 at 12:07
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    I think it is more interesting to find the reason for the crashes. Explorer is extremely stable nowadays. Maybe I have had less then 10- crashes since windows 7 is out. So after the illness not the symptoms. – D.Iankov Aug 17 '11 at 13:59
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    I think getting to the cause of the explorer crashes is more important and if solved fixes your issue. Or use an alternate file manager. – Moab Aug 17 '11 at 16:36
  • @ D. & Moab. There's no such problem. Explorer doesn't crash that often. As a matter of fact, I get more power outages than explorer crashes. (I live near a big construction area and them and the city council are being douchebags) When explorer crashes, it's usually due to me doing all sorts of stuff while it's still loading very large picture/whatever folders, or like I said, the VLC thing, or old programs that change the aero theme and sometimes crash explorer along with it (or it happens during heavy load and I force kill the explorer process myself). I don't get the same thing twice. – Spectraljump Aug 17 '11 at 19:16

I'd recommend trying a different file manager.

I like Total Commander, split window, multiple directories open at same time.

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You can try Restart Explorer. It recovers previously opened windows in case of a crash, and can force restart explorer.exe (and recover those windows opened before the restart).

It has to be constantly running, but it can be set to start automatically at logon and uses very little CPU (0,05% on my machine at the very most) and RAM resources (4,5 mb ram at most on my machine).

I'll link the download link and mirrors (which may or may not work), it includes the .ahk source (it's made with autohotkey for personal use and it's a bit messy, as well as being translated from portuguese).

Virus total scan: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/e766d2bc61cc1cb8462b276e88c01f4709014841f91e8e50c105d310ef84a337/analysis/





Mirrors (the download is a .zip file, don't download anything that isn't reinicia_explorer.zip):




  • Looks interesting, but how to use it ? Launched manually, and then just task-killed / restarted explorer with a script, but my open folders were not restored. Is there any command line option to ask for a save now, or similar thing to do ? My 1st goal is to kill explorer to avoid palette problems when starting old games like Moo2 or Starcraft, and automatically restart it on exit. – Balmipour May 12 '18 at 10:56

I was going to say the same and recommend xplorer². It's the same thing (single or dual-pane file manager) with a more Explorer-like interface than the GUI Commanders I have seen.

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