Sunday, March 7, 2010

Follow the steps :


Start Task manager

Applications tab
New task
type explorer & press ENTER

have they now returned?

Do they disappear the next time you reboot? If so, explorer.exe is missing

from the shell string under Winlogin registry key

Type regedit & press ENTER

Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

in the right pane is the shell string I mentioned above. It should read like


Shell REG_SZ explorer.exe

Close the registry editor

In short, the proposed action plan that worked for him and seems to be

working for me follows. Jay

I read many posts related to the topic and eventually did the following:

1. booted up to windows

2. ctrl+alt+del to get windows task manager

3. File, new task, typed regedit, clicked ok

4. go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current

Version\Image File Execution Options\

5. In there I had an explorer.exe folder that I deleted (you may have an

entry in the root of the Image File folder as well.. delete them also).

6. Rebooted and everything was back to normal.

7. Breathed a sigh of relief.

You can back up the explorer.exe folder (and files in the Image File

Execution Options root if applicable) by exporting them before the deletion


Hopefully this thread will save many people lots of time in the future.


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