Explorer.exe is the user shell on your Windows system (taskbar, desktop, etc.) and periodically it requires a restart to resume proper functionality. Additionally, if you do a lot of tweaking to your system registry like I do, it’s much easier to restart explorer.exe to reload the registry instead of restarting the entire system. By creating a .bat file, you will have a quick 2 step solution that will restart explorer.exe and get you back to computing in just a few seconds.
1. Open Notepad.
2. Copy and paste the following into the new document:
taskkill /f /IM explorer.exe
3. Save your document with a descriptive name such as restart_explorer.bat. Make sure to save the file with the .bat extension and not .txt.
Or download the file here: RestartExplorer.bat
The next time you need to restart explorer.exe, simply run the newly created .bat file and close the command window that appears.