Have you been in a situation where your Windows taskbar disappeared, or your screen went blank because Explorer stopped/crashed? Here’s how to fix it.
Have you ever been in a situation where your Windows taskbar disappeared, or your screen went blank because Explorer stopped/crashed? Whether you’re using Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, you’ll encounter this same error when Explorer goes down. One of the new hidden features in Windows 7 is an elegant way to manually shut down the Explorer service to kick start Windows and get things running again. This crafty trick also comes in handy when you need to apply a particular registry change but don’t want to restart your entire system.
How To Exit or Stop Explorer.exe In Windows 7
1. Click the Windows Start Menu to open it up.
2. Next, hold the Shift and Ctrl keys on your keyboard simultaneously. Then right-click an empty area on the start menu. A small context menu should appear; click Exit Explorer.
That’s it. No more taskbar, and all of your open Explorer (C: My Documents, My Music, etc.) windows will all close. So now that it’s gone, any changes you made to Explorer will now be applied. Let’s start it back up again.
Start Explorer.exe on Windows 7 From A Blank Screen
3. On your keyboard, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc all at the same time.
4. In the Task Manager, click the File menu and then select New Task. A pop-up window should appear in the Open text box type explorer and then click OK.
The taskbar and full Windows GUI are back up and running. It’s a simple trick to save you from the hassle of rebooting when Explorer crashes. Or, during those times, you need to apply certain changes.