explorer.exe... necessary?

Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

mattysimins

Thread Starter
Joined
Nov 9, 2004
Messages
71
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
 

mattysimins

Thread Starter
Joined
Nov 9, 2004
Messages
71
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.
 
Joined
Sep 29, 2008
Messages
513
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.
 
Joined
Jun 5, 2007
Messages
1,320
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.
 
Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 807,865 other people just like you!

Latest posts

Staff online

Top