Thursday, April 7, 2011

How to start program/game without explorer.exe

First of all, this is just a random tutorial.
Sometimes while using your computer, your explorer may unexpectedly crash. This usually caused by explorer extension or something else. For example, winamp shell extension or WinRAR Shell Integration crashed and since it sits on explorer.exe, it will crash its parent process too. When explorer crash, it usually restart itself automatically, but sometimes, it won't start and you need to start it manually either by restarting your computer or using task manager to create a new task.

To start a program, you need some kind of launcher to do so. Windows has its own launcher called Run. To start Run, you must press this combination WIN+R on your keyboard. Look at your keyboard and find a key that have a windows symbol on it. Press and hold it and then press R button.

Unfortunately this methods only work if you have running explorer.exe because the key combination is handled by the explorer. So what you must do to start the program?

Task Manager
Task manager is a windows tools to view, monitor and manage task or applications that is currently running on your computer. Task manager also provide a launcher to run the applications you want. To start Task Manager, simply press this combination: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC or CTRL+ALT+DEL, both combination will work unless you got this message "Task manager has been disabled by the administrator". If you got this message, then there is no way to start task manager unless you enable it back. This tutorial will not touch on how to enabled the task manager.

Next step is to create a new task. Click file menu and select New Task. Click browse and choose what application you want to open. If you want to start explorer.exe, browse to Windows\explorer.exe or simply type in the text box "explorer.exe".

Other trick
If you still stuck and cannot use explorer, run, start task manager, then there is still another trick that will enable you to run program.

First trick is to run accessibility tools called sticky key. By pressing SHIFT five times rapidly, you will hear a beep sound and a dialog will appear. (Assuming you are running windows 7) From there, click "Go to the ease of Access Center to disable the keyboard shortcut". You will be redirected to ease of Access Center. The Access Center look familiar enough like when you opening folder or My Computer. From there, just type any location you want to go inside the address bar. Assuming you wanted to go to C:\ you must type C:\ into the address bar and press enter. Now you are on C:\ and you can browse your local drive.

Now you know how to run any program without explorer.exe. There is still other way, I will update this article if I find other way.


  1. Pressing shift 5 times is genius!! You are my hero!

  2. If you need your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend to come crawling back to you on their knees (even if they're dating somebody else now) you got to watch this video
    right away...

    (VIDEO) Get your ex CRAWLING back to you...?


    Professional trading signals delivered to your mobile phone daily.

    Start following our trades NOW & gain up to 270% per day.

  4. Meet the gamblers to the new channel.

    บาคาร่าออนไลน์ Current Betting Sites To risk the world wide. Betting Markets World Wide Betting Opportunities Online casino games are an entertaining activity that is fun to play. New requirements to win the chance to create a good view. The opening of the financial channel is well built. Meet the gamblers to the new channel. The way to the game that led to the victory overwhelming. Meet the ultimate gambling luck. Open the path of fun. Online casino games, casinos, slots, slots and many other leading sports are one of the online gambling sites that open the path to happiness. With many casinos are well known. Relaxing game, open the path of finance that perfect. A way to create a fun way to bet every day. Open up gambling into the gambling industry. Join the fun. With more than 200 fun games, there are many great bonus offers for all to come and play. Bet on the web. รูบี้888

  5. Thanks! I've had this problem multiple times and thought the only was restarting it! Thank you so much!

  6. this is great article. I like that