Right Click Restart Explorer adds Restart Explorer option to Context Menu

At times you may need to restart explorer.exe for some reason. Well you can always use the Task Manager or create a shortcut to restart explorer or follow this method to kill Windows Explorer in 3 clicks. Maybe you customize a lot or maybe your explorer hangs or freezes frequently and need to restart explorer often or maybe you just don’t want to go through all these multiple clicks simply to restart explorer.exe. RightClick Restart Explorer is a simple tool that adds Restart explorer to your right-click context menu.

Right Click Restart Explorer

Simply download and run this freeware portable app. Click on Install to add the Restart Explorer option to your context menu.

The next time you want to restart explorer, simply right-click and chose Restart Explorer and your explorer.exe will restart.

To remove this option, click Uninstall.

RightClick Restart Explorer has been developed by Lee Whittington for The Windows Club.

Donations made go to its developer Lee and not to TheWindowsClub.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. r0lZ

    It might be a good idea to install it in the SHIFT+Right-Click menu, as it’s an option that we don’t need often.

    Also, I suggest to add an option to clear the Explorer icons cache, as most of the time, when we need to restart Explorer, it’s because its icon cache is outdated and it displays bad icons.

    Currently, I use this batch to force Explorer to rebuild its icon cache:

    @echo off
    title Rebuild Icon Cache
    Start taskmgr.exe
    echo Follow this procedure to rebuild the Windows icon cache.
    echo 1. Close ALL Explorer windows.
    echo 2. In the Task Manager, kill Explorer.exe.
    echo 3. Finally, activate this window and press any key to continue.
    CD /d %userprofile%AppDataLocal
    ATTRIB -A IconCache.db
    DEL IconCache.db /a
    echo The icon cache has been cleared.
    echo I will now reload your desktop.
    Start Explorer.exe

  2. Thanks for the suggestions r0lz. I’ll update soon as I free moment. 🙂

  3. japp

    I’ve been using the reg hack from

    It’s not always the right-click function works as Explorer (?) has frozen completely. Will be the same with RightClick Restart Explorer v1?

  4. Japp: I haven’t had Explorer freeze completely so I can’t verify that it will still work if it does. The application is not the same as the scripts though as those use Batch Files and Reg Scripts to Restart Explorer. This app works the exact same as Kill Process does then once shutdown starts it back. 🙂

  5. japp

    Well, only one way to find out 🙂
    Deleted the reg entry I had and installed RightClick Restart Explorer v1

  6. Charlie Brown

    Is this tool supposed to work on XP too, or it is created only for Windows 7?
    I tried to use it on my XP SP3 32-bit machine but it didn’t add the Restart Explorer option to my desktop context-menu.
    When I clicked on Install button, it added this key to my Registry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesDesktopBackgroundShellRestart Explorer
    Name: Type: Data:
    (Default) REG_SZ Restart Explorer
    icon REG_SZ C:WINDOWSRestart Explorer.exe

    and its subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesDesktopBackgroundShellRestart Explorercommand
    Name: Type: Data:
    (Default) REG_SZ “C:WINDOWSRestart Explorer.exe”

    And, of course, it added the Restart Explorer.exe file to my C:WINDOWS folder.
    But, unfortunately, the Restart Explorer option hasn’t appeared in my right-click menu.

    So, I’d like to know: is this tool created for Windows 7 only, or it should work on XP also?

  7. xCurt

    I would like this tool to work on my 32-bits Vista, please

  8. Dio

    keep posted amazing

  9. Dio

    windows 7 explorer.exe I can not work and frozen
    when i want to open the file is always an error occurs
    I want to try to restart the explorer
    and also scan for viruses

  10. Guest

    Many thanks!

    I was looking for a program like this. But it’s only active ad the desktop, I liked it more when constantly.

    Happy Hollydays & Best Wishes 2013!
    To everyone!

  11. Adriel K McKenzie

    is this still working?

  12. TheQuaminator

    These things may be true for you, but not for everyone. I need to restart explorer quite often & it’s also never because of the icon cache. There are other utilities out there to repair the icon cache/restart it, but this is a utility for restarting explorer & should remain as such. 🙂

  13. Robi Parvez

    these are bloatwares…memory hogging apps…don’t install it

  14. This tool RCRE is a zipped portable freeware – and does NOT include any bundled software. They are not memory-hogging at all. LOL this one just adds a context menu item.

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