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explorer.exe... necessary?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by mattysimins, Oct 2, 2008.

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  1. mattysimins

    mattysimins Thread Starter

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    I've been customizing my computer just a tad... and I've been wonder what exactly explorer.exe does.
    I disabled the start bar, so I have no need for that from explorer.exe.
    I'm not sure if the sidebar is controlled by it, but either way I don't use the side bar.
    I have zero icons on my desktop.

    When I kill explorer.exe (click the start menu, hover over the dark area on the right side, hold control and shift, right click. instead of just the normal "properties", there's also "Exit Explorer"), because of my changes, I don't see a single change on my desktop, and everything operates apparently normal.

    What exactly does explorer do other than control the destop and taskbar?

    Thanks
    Matt
     
  2. shinybeast

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    It IS the desktop/taskbar. It's essential. You were just restarting it.
     
  3. mattysimins

    mattysimins Thread Starter

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    No, I was not just restarting it. You can exit it completely that way, and to re-open it you just use the task manager's file-> run then type in explorer. (or Win+R and type in explorer, same thing)

    Assume I can access everything without the desktop or task manager (which I can)

    Still essential?
    If it is ONLY the taskbar and desktop, it's hardly essential.
     
  4. shinybeast

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    I see, if you want to use it that way and everything you want to do without it, you can do. I don't see the harm. I've never tried to use it that way for any length of time to know of potential issues. I use explorer/my computer far too often to bother.
     
  5. AKAJohnDoe

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    My son used to do that 10 years ago to be able to run some games. I'm glad it was his PC and not mine.
     
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