When using Windows 10, you may find that the Windows desktop is frozen and you can no longer use the Start Menu, click on programs, drag files, or switch between windows. When this happens, it may be caused by the Windows Explorer or the Explorer.exe, the process having issues and can typically be fixed by restarting the program or the computer.
Explorer.exe is an executable in the Windows operating systems that is situated at C:\Windows\explorer.exe. At the point when Windows begins and a client signs in, the operating framework will dispatch the Explorer.exe procedure, which shows the Windows client condition, for example, the work area, taskbar, and Begin Menu.
To start the explorer.exe you can use different methods which is down below:-
Method 1: Restart Windows Explorer.exe from the Command Prompt:-
This way allows you to restart the Explorer.exe process directly from the Command Prompt. That method works in Windows 7, Windows 8, windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Open a Windows Command Prompt by clicking on the Start button, entering cmd, and then clicking on the Command Prompt search result and make sure you open it as an administrator of the computer.
When the Command Prompt opens, type the bolded taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe & start explorer command into the command prompt and press enter on your keyboard. This command will terminate the explorer.exe and then immediately restart the process so you can see your desktop again.
After you enter that command, you will see the Windows desktop go away for a second and then restarted. You can now close the Windows Command Prompt as the Explorer.exe process has been restarted and you are good to go.
Method 1: Restart Windows Explorer.exe via Windows 10 Task Manager:-
In Windows 10, the easiest way to restart Explorer.exe is through the Task Manager.
To start windows explorer in windows 10 follow these steps
Open Task Manager by either pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keyboard combination and selecting Task Manager or right-clicking on the taskbar and selecting Task Manager. Once Task Manager is open, click on the More details option.
When the full list of processes is displayed, scroll down until you find the Windows Explorer process. Then right-click on the process and select Restart and when it will get restarted you will see it working.
The Explorer.exe process will now be closed and automatically restarted. During this process, you will see your desktop disappear for a moment and be back again.
And now the windows explorer has restarted and you will be able to restart the program and use it easily and you can close the task manager.