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What is explorer.exe?

Part of Système d'exploitation Microsoft® Windows® by Microsoft

(explorer.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does explorer.exe run?

Process - explorer.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does explorer.exe start?

Shell open command - explorer.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of SHCmdFile with and identifier of explorer.exe. A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.
Autoplay handler - explorer.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of MSCDBurningOnArrival with and identifier of SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSCDBurningOnArrival. Autoplay will scan removable media, when it arrives, looking for media content types (music, graphics, or video). When a removable media arrives, Windows determines what actions to perform by evaluating the content and comparing it to registered handlers for that content. An application will register a handler for Autoplay events associated with a media type.


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About 0.1% of all Boost users have the explorer.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of explorer.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is explorer.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
 0.00000000% CPU0.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
13.97 MB RAM64.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
218 GDI objects145.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Système d'exploitation Microsoft® Windows®.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)

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File details

File name: explorer.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Système d'exploitation Microsoft® Windows®
Description: Explorateur Windows
Version: 6.00.2900.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Product version: 6.00.2900.2180
Size: 1012 KB
Original file name: EXPLORER.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000000367%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000000347%
User CPU: 0.00000000196463%
Privileged CPU time: 295625 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 71.68 MB
Peak committed memory: 113.63 MB
Paged memory: 13.97 MB
Peak paged memory: 15.95 MB
Paged system memory: 65.58 KB
Non-paged system memory: 30.74 KB
Working set memory: 2.17 MB
Peak working set memory: 17.74 MB
Min working set memory: 512 KB
Private memory: 13.97 MB
Page faults: 96,707
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1,480
Total read transfer: 8 MB
Total write operations: 31
Total write transfer: 8.06 KB
Total other operations: 79,500
Total other transfer: 1.33 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 218
USER objects: 98
Handle count average: 354
Thread count average: 10

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Process Command

Shell open command details

Name: SHCmdFile
Command: explorer.exe

Autoplay handler details

Name: MSOpenFolder
Command: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers\Handlers\MSOpenFolder

Network connectivity

Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 2a7bd330924252a2fd80344fc949bb72
SHA-1: 64c3a54ebfd53801805e4d08d9028b92e22e0f86
SHA-256: 5b432b11e5a2ddc15a00263595904d457421be4b72e86a796586585653ee9732

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
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