Cant delete or rename explorer.exe

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lee - Mar 24, 2010 at 04:30 PM
 A person - Mar 7, 2017 at 02:22 PM
Im trying to delete my iexplorer.exe & explorer.exe, or rename it, & it wont let me do either, stating error deleting key, cannot delete ieplorer.exe, error while deleting key, please help me sort this problem out

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Mar 24, 2010 at 04:45 PM
Hello,

I must admit, at first your issue surprised me, for I asked myself: "Why on earth would want to delete explorer.exe?". I guess that I will stay on my appetite.

I suggest that the reason you cannot delete or rename is because explorer.exe is in process, so you must first end it as a process. If you are using Windows XP, you do alt+ctrl+del to open the task manager, click on the processes tab, locate Explorer.exe and terminate it.

Then you can proceed doing whatever you wish with the file.

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The reason you can't modify File Explorer is because it needs to be open to access the folder it's in. If you want a copy with a different name, copy it to another folder and rename it.
Why would you want to delete it? It's an important program.
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