Limiting the damage when Explorer crashes.
Often, Windows Explorer freeze,the taskbar and desktop also become unresponsive, as all of them are managed by the system through the same process.
- There is a possibility of isolating the desktop and taskbar in another process (independent) so that both stays operational despite the crash of Explorer.
- Go to Start and Run, and type regedit.
- Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
- Select the DesktopProcess key and give it the value 1.
- If you do not have this key, create a DWORD value of 32 bits with the New command (right click in a blank space) Name it DesktopProcess
- Restart your pc.
- This change brings a slight increase in occupied space in memory.
You can also restart a crashed process, from the task manager after terminating it (you will lose the ongoing work on this process):
\*Simultaneously press CTRL + ALT + DELETE., then in the Processes tab, right click on the process explore, and terminate the process
- Then, in the Applications tab, bottom right, select New Task and type explorer, press OK:
- Windows Explorer should restart.
Note that: Tapping the Esc key can unlock Explorer (when it's blocked).