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What is explorer.exe?

Part of Operativsystemet 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.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
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.
0.00039% CPU3852.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
25.13 MB RAM116.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 5 /min0.2%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
390 GDI objects260.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
83 context switches/sec83.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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 Operativsystemet Microsoft® Windows®.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: explorer.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Operativsystemet Microsoft® Windows®
Description: Utforskaren
Version: 6.00.2900.5512 (xpsp.080413-2105)
Product version: 6.00.2900.5512
Size: 1010 KB
Original file name: EXPLORER.EXE
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0008258207%
Privileged CPU: 0.0004405529%
User CPU: 0.00038526782707%
Privileged CPU time: 46896875 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 39,653 ms
Context switches /sec: 83
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 130.81 MB
Peak committed memory: 160.22 MB
Paged memory: 25.13 MB
Peak paged memory: 28.92 MB
Paged system memory: 222.46 KB
Non-paged system memory: 25.14 KB
Working set memory: 25.32 MB
Peak working set memory: 33.7 MB
Min working set memory: 13.68 MB
Private memory: 25.13 MB
Page faults: 117,537
Page faults /min: 95
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 4,394
Read operations /min: 4
Total read transfer: 8.19 MB
Read transfer /min: 6.69 KB
Total write operations: 288
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 264.1 KB
Write transfer /min: 228 Bytes
Total other operations: 3,672,930
Other operations /min: 2,913
Total other transfer: 314.25 MB
Other Transfer /min: 255.81 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 390
USER objects: 200
Handle count average: 526
Thread count average: 14

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

Image hashes

MD5: 74bb7dcd2bfdcc0e52869db3582ca781
SHA-1: 92b4cd71de87016d75e7305c87ce17d65a24600f
SHA-256: 7660a9f917b4f40f24a76fb670e8d6c93449e871c3cbcd60529a379066805595

PE image details

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