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How to restart Windows Explorer when it freezes in Windows 8.1?

By Harmeet ,Friday, December 27th, 2013

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Restart Windows Explorer when it freezesWindows Explorer is the backbone of Windows operating system. It usually restarts with the PC. However, if Windows Explorer has crashed and you want to restart it without restarting your PC, then you need to follow a different solution to encounter this problem.

Wondering what could be that solution? Well, you can restart Windows Explorer whenever it freezes or erupts abruptly with the help of our solution below. Simply browse through the steps and make the changes as required.

The solution to the problem

The steps to restart Windows Explorer when it freezes in Windows 8.1 are:

Step 1. Right-click on a blank area of the “Taskbar” and then click “Task Manager”.

Step 2. When the Windows Task Manager launches, click “More Details”

Step 3. Right-click on “Windows Explorer” in the “Processes” tab and then click “End Task”.

Step 4. Everything, except the “Task Manager” will clear off.

Step 5. From the Task Manager menu click “File” and then click “Run New Task”.

Step 6. In the Open field type: explorer.exe and click “OK”.

Step 7. When the process restarts, you will get the desktop back along with all of the icons.

You can then close the ’Task Manager’ and open Windows Explorer again.


So, the next time your computer stops working and you have no clue what to do next, simply follow our instructions and restart Windows Explorer in Windows 8.1 PC at the comfort of your home, office or home office.                                                                                                                                                              

For better understanding on the topic, you can watch our solution video below:


About Harmeet

loves to simplify technology for all readers who are interested in the genre but find it complex to comprehend. She is a writer by passion and wants to enrich the life of others by writing about the latest gadgets, apps, and devices in the simplest and the most useful manner. Her blogs are detailed, interesting, and definitely fun to read…

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