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    Default How to Terminate and Restart Windows Explorer process

    Can't say I've seen these tips before which I came across here:

    How to Terminate and Restart Windows Explorer

    Do you ever have a pesky application that hangs and you can’t seem to get it to close? Or do you sometimes edit the Registry and want to see its effect without having to log off first?

    Either task can be accomplished by terminating the Windows Explorer interface (that includes the desktop) and then restarting it. There are several ways to do this but the standard methods such as using Task Manager or Process Explorer may be too abrupt in some cases. This tip gives another method that appeared at the Microsoft MSDN blog.

    According to Microsoft, its purpose is to help developers and testers stop and restart Explorer quickly and cleanly without having to log out but the rest of us can use it also. Here is how it works.

    How to cleanly terminate Windows Explorer

    Windows XP

    Open the Start menu
    Click “Turn Off Computer”
    Hold down the Ctrl+Alt+Shift keys and click the "Cancel" button.

    Windows Vista and Windows 7

    Open the Start menu
    Hold down the Ctrl + Shift keys and right-click in an empty spot inside the Start menu. (Keep holding down the keys while you click.)
    A hidden menu will pop up
    Click “Exit Explorer”
    After either of these procedures you may have a very empty screen but the system is still operating. If you have changed the default Explorer settings to "Launch folder windows in a separate process", then some folder windows may not close when you apply this trick.

    How to restart Windows Explorer

    To restore Windows Explorer in all versions of Windows, do the following:

    Press the keyboard combination Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch Task Manager
    In Task Manager, open the "File” menu
    Choose “New Task (Run...)"
    Type "Explorer" and click OK
    Windows Explorer will reappear.

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