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How To Restart Explorer in Windows 8

Just like with previous versions of Windows, occasionally the desktop interface will freeze up. When this happens, the first thing I do is restart Windows Explorer. Here’s how to do it in Windows 8.

Restart Windows 8 Explorer

From the desktop, right click the Taskbar and select Task Manager to open it. Then select the Details tab, right click on explorer.exe and End Task.

Windows 8 Task Manager

When the confirmation message comes up click End Process.

Confirm End Process

Everything will disappear from the screen – but don’t panic. Task Manager stays open, click File >> Run New Task.

Run New Task

In the Create New Task box type: explorer.exe then click OK.

Now everything will appear again on your desktop and should be working correctly.

Windows 8 Desktop

If your using Windows 7 check out how to stop and restart Windows Explorer the easy way.

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